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GREAT NEWS from CRUFTS!!! Wish AKC would follow

Bulldog and Pekingese fail Crufts vet checks - The Kennel Club

Bulldog and Pekingese fail Crufts vet checks

08-Mar-12


No dog representing the Pekingese and Bulldog breeds will compete in Thursday evening’s Best in Group competitions at Crufts after they failed the new veterinary checks that have been introduced to the show.

The Best of Breed award was not given to Pekingese, Palacegarden Bianca, or Bulldog, Mellowmood One In A Million, following their veterinary checks, which were carried out by an independent veterinary surgeon. This means that the dogs will not be allowed to continue into the Toy or Utility Best in Group competitions respectively.

The Kennel Club has introduced veterinary checks for the Best of Breed winners at all Kennel Club licensed General and Group Championship Dog Shows from Crufts 2012 onwards, in 15 designated high profile breeds. This measure was introduced to ensure that Best of Breed awards are not given to any dogs that show visible signs of problems due to conditions that affect their health or welfare.

The fifteen high profile breeds are as follows: Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Shar Pei, St Bernard, French Bulldog, Pug and Chinese Crested.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are determined to ensure that the show ring is a positive force for change and that we help to move breeds forward by only rewarding the healthiest examples of a breed.

“The veterinary checks were introduced to ensure that dogs with exaggerated features do not win prizes. The independent veterinary surgeon decided that the Pekingese and Bulldog should not pass their checks and therefore they did not receive their Best of Breed awards and will not be representing their breeds in the remainder of the competition.”

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This is great!

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It only makes sense that the Best of Breed should also be able to pass a vet check. Actually any dog being bred should be able to pass, but I guess the shows are so big it's only possible to test certain ones.

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That's great news! Now, if only that applied here, as well!

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Wonderful! Hope this is a sign of big changes coming.
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Interesting. The top ranks of the show world are getting completely out of hand. I heard the Collie that won his breed at Westminster was sired by a blind and deaf double-merle.


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I don't think this is so great. Is it a group of vets making this important decision, or one vet? How do they insure the decision isn't made by someone who has an "agenda"? Don't hold your breath, GSDs are one of the target breeds.

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I don't think this is so great. Is it a group of vets making this important decision, or one vet? How do they insure the decision isn't made by someone who has an "agenda"? Don't hold your breath, GSDs are one of the target breeds.
I think it health AND looks are being considered it's only good for the breeds. ALL breeds.




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What are they comparing "health" too? Are they taking the breed standard and looking for extremes of that to determine what is healthy? I think if there are strict standards they are adhering too, then this is a good decision.

Or are they looking at what is healthy overall? If this is the case, no flat faced breed is ever going to pass.



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