Owners of all dogs registered with The Kennel Club (KC) breed register since 2004 are being urged to participate in a new survey to help improve pedigree dog health.

Pedigree dog health under the spotlight in health survey.

Launched during Discover Dogs at Earls Court in London (November 8), the 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey aims to help provide a clear picture of the prevalence of current health concerns and will enable evidence-based decisions to be made to improve dog health.

Led by the KC’s canine health team at The Kennel Club, the survey will provide data on health, breeding and behaviour, as well as morbidity.

Data from the project will be analysed against results of The Kennel Club’s 2004 Purebred Dog Health Survey, which will help pinpoint the areas that have seen improvement and areas in which further work is still needed.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “The Pedigree Breed Health Survey is being launched as part of The Kennel Club’s dedication to improving and maintaining pedigree dog health.

“Breed clubs and responsible breeders of pedigree dogs have already done lots to protect the health of our much loved pedigree dog breeds, and by further identifying and analysing health concerns and their prevalence through data of individual dogs, we can get a clearer picture of where progress has been made, where it still needs to be made and how best to move forward to protect the future health of dogs.

“We would encourage anyone with a dog registered with The Kennel Club – including dogs that have passed away since 2004 – to fill out the survey and help us get as strong a picture of dog health as possible.”

The survey will be available at the health survey section of the Kennel Club website and will be emailed to almost 400,000 owners of The Kennel Club registered dogs, of all breeds.

  • The 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey will run until December 25.
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