The Kennel Club has announced the first meeting organised as a result of its Breed Watch initiative, which asks judges and breeders to identify any health issues that they notice occurring within a breed so that the appropriate action can be take.

The Kennel Club has announced the first meeting organised as a result of its Breed Watch initiative, which asks judges and breeders to identify any health issues that they notice occurring within a breed so that the appropriate action can be take.
 
Young mastiffThe seminar, which will take place at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park on February 11, is a judges’ seminar on Molosser type breeds, and will include presentations on the mastiff, the Neapolitan mastiff and the dogue de Bordeaux.
 
Led by Frank Kane (member of the KC Dog Health Group and chairman of the Kennel Club Breed Standards Stud Book Sub-Committee), the seminar programme will include feedback on information received by the health group from judges during the last year. It will also include presentations from Professors Sheila Crispin (Bristol) and Mike Herrtage (Cambridge) and members of the Dog Health Group on general dog conformation and movement, and the importance of recognising obvious health issues relating to skin and eyes.
 
Breed experts from the Netherlands, Italy and the UK will be speaking on breed specific conformation and movement, with an opportunity to watch dogs of these breeds on the move. It is intended that delegates will contribute to the discussions throughout the day.
 
This is the first of this type of seminar to be organised by the Kennel Club as a result of its Breed Watch initiative and it is hoped that the future of these three breeds will benefit from the information received and the exchange of views.
 
Invitations have been sent to all judges approved to award Mastiff CCs in 2010 and 2011 and breed specialists from each of the registered clubs’ judges lists. It is estimated that approximately 80 judges will attend the event.

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