The Kennel Club has decided to send a letter to vets across the UK to remind them to report conformation-altering operations and caesareans on club-registered dogs in an attempt to improve pedigree health.

The Kennel Club has written to veterinary surgeons across the UK to remind them to report caesareans and operations carried out on Kennel Club-registered dogs, to help monitor and improve pedigree health.

The bulldog is deemed one of the breeds to suffer from extreme conformation - the Kennel Club wants vets to report on operations which alter such problemsAccording to the club’s letter, any operations that alter the natural conformation of a Kennel Club registered dog should be reported as owners will need to apply for permission to compete with that dog at Kennel Club licensed shows, such as Crufts.

The letter also asks vets to report caesareans as the Kennel Club will not register a third litter from a bitch that has had two caesareans.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said of the letter: “The veterinary profession and the Kennel Club both hold valuable information about pedigree dogs but by sharing this information we will get a much more accurate picture about dog health.

“While some vets report caesars, in recent years vets have stopped reporting operations that alter conformation. The letter was written as a reminder that the main veterinary bodies and the Kennel Club would like vets to report such operations in the future.”

Reporting forms for vets can be found on the Kennel Club’s website.

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