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Finnish Pug Dog Club to adopt walking test for breeding dogs

Katariina Mäki

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A walking test developed for brachycephalic dog breeds will be adopted by the Finnish Pug Dog Club. The Club has included the test in their requirements for breeding dogs. The requirement of passing the walking test will come into force when tests can be carried out all over Finland.

The Finnish Kennel Club (FKC) and the University of Helsinki arranged a news conference and a colloquium for the breed clubs of the brachycephalic breeds earlier this week. Preliminary results on a study examining walking test results on Pugs and Bulldogs were presented. The results showed that the test is able to distinguish between good and bad breathers.

The FKC and the University researchers will develop more detailed instructions concerning the performing of the test. The test is similar as the one used in the Netherlands for the Bulldogs. The dog will pass the test if he/she is able to walk 1000 meters at most 12 minutes and is also able to recover during the next 15 minutes.The test will become an official Finnish Kennel Club health test, and the results will be recorded in the FKC breeding database.

Other breeds may be included in the test in the fall. At least French Bulldogs are participating, and interest has been shown in other breeds as well.


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in Germany we have a long experience with the so called walking test .

The IKFB was the first to establish such a test in cooperation with VDH

It is mandatory for Frenchies for breeding since almost ten years.

We started the test with 12 minutes for the 1000 meters and now the Frenchies and the English bulldogs have to do it in 8 minutes, the pugs in 12.

Believe me it's easy, not many dogs fail, it's rather the owners fittness .

Personally I think we should give them 6 minutes, a task which is easly done by the dogs, as far as the dogs in Germany are concearned.

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the test is mandatory for Frenchies, Pugs and English bulldogs in the VDH ( German Kennel Club)


 Frenchies and English bulldogs time limit 8 minutes, pugs 12 minutes.

only very few dogs do not pass.

Besides that we improved the owners fitness because they really have to run with their dogs, some use a bicycle, some a footbike,  some just run.

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