THE KENNEL Club’s General Committee had made a number of significant policy decisions during 2010 which will come into force next year, said Dr Ruth Barbour during her health and welfare report at the AGM.
Chief among them are that the maximum number of litters a bitch can have is to be reduced by two to four, and there is to be a limit of two litters when puppies are born by caesarean section.
A system of veterinary inspection will be introduced for high profile-breed BOBs at group and general championship shows.
Dr Barbour said the aims of the KC’s Dog Health Group were to develop the KC’s work and to co-ordinate and monitor it. In the group’s recent report, she said, in addition to a list of screening schemes there were statistics related to results.
“The need for the KC to publicise its work on health issues demonstrating both its scope and its potential for aiding the outlook for individual dogs has become increasingly clear in recent years,” she said.
Work at the KC’s Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust was developing, she told those present at the AGM, not only creating more DNA tests but also with the development of estimated breeding values which already proved to be of use in some areas of commercial animal breeding.