THE KENNEL Club has removed the Chinese Crested from its list of high-profile breeds.
It said it has done so following a recommendation from its Dog Health Group.
The General Committee agreed that this should take effect immediately.
The breed was added to the list in 2010, the KC said, in light of welfare concerns about the shaving of some dogs for exhibition. The General Committee is said to be satisfied that this issue is no longer of sufficient concern for the breed to remain on the high-profile list.
"The significant drop in the number of reports received by us is a welcome indicator that high-profile breed categorisation has been beneficial to breed welfare in Chinese Cresteds,” said KC spokesman Caroline Kisko.
"We hope that this decision will pave the way for further breeds to be considered to have undergone sufficient improvement to enable them to be removed from the list in due course.”
The requirement for judges to report back on Crested exhibits will remain in place for three years, although this will be reviewed after two years, Mrs Kisko said.
Both Chinese Crested breed clubs were notified of this decision in writing ahead of this announcement, she added.
The 14 breeds remaining on the list at the Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue de Bordeaux, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Pug and Shar-Pei, St Bernard.
Spotty Muldoon, 29/07/2012
I agree the KC statement is not helpful, but the wider picture is. The "fifteen" are not doomed. There is hope. It is up to judges now to start recognising the efforts breeders are putting in. I saw a bulldog today at a show wagging his little tail like billy-o. I admit, I had to look twice. But in terms of overall balance, and the impression, at least, of joi de vivre in the big man, I thought it looked wonderful.
Wheres the logic in that then? If the incident of reported dogs is lower then all those who have stayed away, will presumably now start entering shows agin?? Or does the KC imagine that in 4 months a whle breed has been changed. Good news for that breed I guess but quite ridiculous KC statement!!!