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UK: BRACHYCEPHALIC WORKING GROUP -- ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORT OF ACTIVITY DURING 2018


    This summary report posted in June 2019 highlights key activities and progress on relevant action items.

    More information on BWG is available at www.ukbwg.org.uk.

    Excerpts...

    Action 1: The Kennel Club to develop Breed Health and Conservation Plans for several brachycephalic breeds, including Bulldog, French Bulldog, Pekingese and Pug.

    Action 2: For BWG members to review the breed standards for brachycephalic breeds and recommend any changes for consideration by relevant breed health co-ordinators and breed clubs, the Breed Standards & Conformation Sub-group of the KC Dog Health Group and the KC Breed Standards and Studbook Sub-committee.

    Action 3: The BWG to review points of concern for brachycephalic category 2 and 3 breeds, including exaggerated conformation and “difficulty breathing”, and make recommendations to the Breed Standards and Conformation Sub-Group of the KC Dog Health Group.

    Action 4a: BWG to understand and review current judge training (including continuing development) and practice, including the use of in-show health assessments such as exercise tolerance tests, with opportunity to make recommendations to the Breed Standards & Conformation Sub-group of the KC Dog Health Group.

    Action 4b: BWG to review the current vet-check systems in place at major dog shows, with opportunity to make recommendations to the Breed Standards & Conformation Sub-group of the KC Dog Health Group.

    Action 5: BVA to investigate brachycephalic health scheme with breed health co-ordinators and Kennel Club, informed by other BWG members.

    Action 6: BWG to communicate with companies and marketing bodies to seek commitments that they will not use brachycephalic breeds in their designs and imagery.

    Action 7: Following 2017 launch with the Kennel Club, ensure Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack are prominent in BWG member communication channels...

    Action 8: Veterinary members of BWG to collaboratively undertake activities at the individual, community and national levels (as outlined above) to influence demand for healthy dogs.

    Action 9: BWG members to promote, support and engage with research that aims to improve and increase the evidence base on brachycephalic dog health and welfare... (formed, a Brachycephalic Research Team).

    Additional...

    A communications sub-group of the BWG has been made up of the BVA, KC, PDSA, Dogs Trust, BSAVA, RSPCA and breed health representatives, and have developed a strategy for the group.

     

    2019 FOCUS

    Obesity Position Statement:

    Given the strong evidence that exists to support associations between obesity/overweight and welfare issues in brachycephalic breeds and the reality that obesity/overweight is a reversible and preventable condition, the BWG has prioritised obesity/overweight for specific focus during 2019. A position statement on obesity/overweight is currently being drafted which will be followed by a range of activities by BWG member groups to highlight the health benefits from maintaining a healthy body condition score in brachycephalic dogs.

     

    (Internal: BWG-Annual-Summary-2018-190602.pdf)



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