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Kennel Club makes breed-specific changes to Accredited Breeder Scheme

Created: 28/01/2010

THE KENNEL Club has made changes to its Accredited Breeder Scheme’s breed-specific requirements and recommendations, including health screening. These are:

•Affenpinscher – add recommendation patella testing under the breed club scheme;
•Australian Cattle dog – add requirement DNA test for PRA, downgrade eye testing to a recommendation, add recommendations BAER hearing testing;
•Bernese Mountain Dog – add recommendation bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age;
•Bracco Italiano – add recommendation hip scoring, elbow grading and eye testing;
•Catalan Sheepdog – add requirement hip scoring, add recommendation eye testing;
•Dandie Dinmont – add recommendation eye testing;
• Deerhound – add recommendation litters to be screened for liver shunt before being sold;
•German Shorthaired Pointer – add recommendations bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age and or more than four litters in their lifetime;
•Hungarian Vizsla – add recommendation bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age or more than one litter in a 12-month period;
•Italian Spinone – add recommendation bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age;
•Lancashire Heeler – add recommendation DNA test for PLL;
•Newfoundland – add recommendation bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age;
•Flat Coated Retriever – add recommendations bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age, more than three litters in their lifetime or more than one litter in a 12-month period;
•Russian Black Terrier – add recommendation bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age;
• St Bernard – add recommendation bitches not to produce a litter under two years of age;
•Clumber Spaniel – add recommendation DNA test for PDP1.

The changes became effective on January 1 and existing accredited breeders have been given six months’ grace to come in line with them.
“Breeding parameter recommendations have been included for certain breeds for the first time,” a KC spokesman said. “Most of these are ‘giant’ breeds and it was the Breeds Liaison Council which proposed that these breeds be consulted on the matter.
“The parameters have been brought in following extensive consultation with breed clubs, and we are keen to encourage such dialogue, so if other breed clubs want to propose recommendations and/or requirements for their breed, they should write to us.”
Do so at Accredited Breeder Scheme, the Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB.


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