The Kennel Club has announced the latest set of recommendations added to the assured breeder scheme (ABS).

A field spaniel.

Following consultations with breed clubs and councils, the new recommendations have been introduced in a collaborative effort to ensure health and welfare issues are kept at the forefront of the scheme.

Bill Lambert, The Kennel Club’s health and breeder services manager, said: “As we head into 2016, these latest recommendations will help to maintain progress for dog health and encourage good breeding practices to protect the future of our much-loved pedigree dogs.

“The new recommendations come about as a direct result of input from the breed clubs and councils we work with to further adapt the scheme to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to health testing and welfare.

“The ABS is designed to be flexible, so we can make these types of additions to suit the needs of different breeds and we are looking forward to further developing throughout 2016 to help ensure puppy buyers are signposted to good breeders for healthy and well-adjusted puppies.”

The list of ABS breed specific requirements and recommendations is updated twice a year to ensure they remain relevant and of maximum health benefit to all dogs bred by Kennel Club Assured Breeders. Further tests are expected to be announced as they are developed.

New breed specific recommendations as of 1 January 2016 are as follows:

  • Chinese crested
  • add recommendation of DNA test for primary lens luxation (PLL)
  • spaniel (field)
  • change recommendation of “bitches under 2 years not to produce a litter” to “bitches under 18 months not to produce a litter”
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