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DOG WELFARE EXPERTS ISSUE WARNING AS DEMAND FOR ‘FLAT-FACED’ PUPPIES INCREASES SHARPLY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Animal welfare organisations, vets and breeders urge public not to buy a ‘pandemic puppy’ and warn of worsening health crisis for in-demand flat-faced breeds Dog health and welfare experts including vets, rescue organisations, scientists and breeders are urging the public to ‘stop and think before buying a flat-faced dog’, as online searches for ‘getting a…

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KENNEL CLUB CREATES LIST OF ‘LOST’ FIRST-TIME CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW APPOINTMENTS TO ASSIST SHOW SOCIETIES

The Kennel Club has created a list of the first-time championship show judging appointments cancelled so far this year, in order to assist societies when planning to issue future judging invitations. It is also hoped that the list will help such judges receive a ‘replacement’ appointment. The list comprises more than 650 appointments, approved by…

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CLARIFICATION OF ‘GRANDFATHER RIGHTS’ FOR ESTABLISHED JUDGES

Recognition of judging and assessments already undertaken A2 and established approval routes available for whole of transition period Grandfathering available as of 2021 Judges may self-submit questionnaires for CC, Group and BIS status Judges of non-CC breeds included Further to the announcement made on 1 May 2020 regarding ‘grandfather rights’ for established judges during the…

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CRUFTS IS BACK – AND IT’S ONLY JUNE!

Following the success of the Crufts television programmes in March, Sunset and Vine together with Channel 4 are releasing five extra Crufts programmes, the first one being shown on the 20th June. These five, one-hour archive Crufts specials hosted by Clare Balding will be celebrating the amazing human and canine relationship that Crufts demonstrates each…

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TWO NEW DNA TEST REPORTING SCHEMES TO COMBAT INHERITED DISEASE IN THE SHETLAND SHEEPDOG

In a move designed to combat inherited disease in the Shetland Sheepdog, the Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA test reporting schemes for two forms of progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) in the breed following consultation with the Breed Health Coordinator. These schemes are for PRA (BBS2-PRA) and PRA (CNGA1-PRA). PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)…

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FOURTEEN ORGANISATIONS RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM THE KENNEL CLUB EDUCATIONAL TRUST DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Kennel Club Educational Trust emergency relief fund was established to help   the future of education in dogs In April, the Kennel Club, the Kennel Club Educational Trust (KCET) and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust announced their intention to support canine organisations in their communities which may be suffering financial hardship as a result…

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KENNEL CLUB CALLS ON COUNCIL LEADERS TO RELAX RESTRICTIONS ON DOG WALKING AREAS TO AID SOCIAL DISTANCING

The Kennel Club is urging local councils to do more to help dog walkers stay safe and responsible during the current lockdown period and ensure they can adhere to the social distancing measures following the passage of emergency Government legislation, which restricts people from leaving their homes other than for essential activities including taking daily…

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