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News from IPFD
Please join us in welcoming Jenni Uski from Finland, who joins our team as a Content Assistant to assist in breed-specific work over the next few months. Jenni's initial priorities are to assist us in the creation of new GRIHPs, development of the Health Strategy Database, and updates to our Breeds database.
In her post, Reducing epilepsy in the Finnish Spitz, IPFD Acting CEO Katariina Mäki introduces a series of three articles offering in-depth information on development and implementation of the Finnish Spitz Breeding Strategy.
In another post, Inbreeding has proven negative effects for health, says a new study in dogs, Katariina comments on results that serve as a wake-up call for all of us in the world of pedigree dogs.
Our Veterinary Science Officer Dr. Brenda Bonnett has written several blog posts on challenges with dogs with extreme conformation, e.g., brachycephalics and the complex, emotional realities surrounding these issues. IPFD is keen to promote multi-stakeholder collaboration on these issues:
In another blog post, Brenda shares her thoughts on the recent launch of IPFD Partner Mars Petcare's End Pet Homelessness initiative to address the troubling problem of homeless pets. This reflects a collaboration with our Partner Mars Petcare.
Breed of the Month
★ This Month We Feature the Rottweiler ★
These Mastiff-type dogs stem from animals taken to Germany by Roman soldiers as they marched across Europe. Used to guard livestock, they were either discarded as the cattle were eaten or were left to guard outposts, and many finished up in Switzerland while others reached southern Germany. They were especially known around the town of Rottweil, which for 1,800 years was a centre for livestock trading. The evolving dog became a butcher’s dog, drover and draught dog.
The Rottweiler, which first appeared in Britain in 1936 and was shown at Crufts the following year, is an above average-sized, very agile, black-and-tan dog. Extremely strong and imposing, he is easily obedience trained and is, in fact, a dog that enjoys working. He has natural guarding instincts, but is not aggressive by nature. His expression is tranquil and kind, but when aroused, he will hold his own with any opponent. He is not a dog for the inexperienced and has been much maligned in recent years, when the breed became over-popular, and Rottweilers were often purchased to feed a macho image.
Get a GRIHP! on Rottweilers is part of a series to highlight the Big Picture of health, welfare, and breeding and to help develop Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profiles (GRIHPs) for many breeds.
Learn more about the Rottweiler in our Pedigree Breeds database.
Pedigree Breeds Database Updates
We routinely update breed pages in our Pedigree Breeds Database. Recently updated breed pages include:
IPFD Partners in Action
IPFD Collaborating Partner, The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), has recently published the latest edition of Dog Breeds: What You Need to Know, a regular feature in their online news section (and in the WSAVA Bulletin) that highlights IPFD resources on a particular breed with a focus on breed-specific diseases.
In the latest edition: 2021 IPFD Breed-Specific Information
14 November edition: Meet the Rottweiler – Update Your Knowledge!
You can also view previous editions of Dog Breeds: What You Need to Know in our archive article here on DogWellNet.com.
Mars Petcare has partnered with 8 leading animal welfare experts and organizations to develop the first-ever State of Pet Homelessness Index. With data from 200+ global sources, the Index is helping us better understand the scale and drivers of pet homelessness so that we can build a future where every pet is Wanted, Cared for, and Welcome. Learn more
IPFD collaborator Ian Seath offers ideas on fostering collaboration in his recent blog post: "...first develop an expert understanding of a particular problem and secondly to build collaborative relationships with those who have the power to own and implement solutions."
Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)
In the latest entry in HGTD This Week, we look at an FCI podcast on the genomic chip and how it assesses a dog's DNA to identify genetic variants.
Our HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, provides answers to your questions on canine genetic testing in Ask Aimee.
If you’d like to submit a question to Aimee, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Involved in HGTD!
We welcome additional participant GTPs, more collaborators from any stakeholders concerned with dog health and welfare, the advice of experts, the participation of breed clubs and other consumer groups. We stand ready to provide more information to ongoing discussions.
Please feel free to contact us as we work together for healthy dogs and to support those who breed and own them: IPFD Veterinary Science Officer, Dr. Brenda Bonnett and/or HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi.
DogWellNet Digest: Keeping You Informed
We published eight issues of DogWellNet Digest in 2021:
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View all past issues of DogWellNet Digest here
IPFD Milestones 2021 - Report to Partners
We recently prepared a document to update our Partners, Sponsors, and other stakeholders on IPFD’s activities and accomplishments so far this year. It’s also available for download in MS Word and PDF formats (below ).
Highlights of our information sharing and collaboration in 2021 include:
Genetics and Genetic Testing:
International Dog Health Workshop – Virtual Presentation 2021
International Issues in Genetics for Kennel Clubs
Breed Specific Work – A Core IPFD Activity
Get a GRIHP! on Breeds
Highlighting Actions by Partners
Getting the Balanced, Big Picture Message out
Presentations to clubs and groups
Veterinary Information Network (VIN) article
Complex situation for Brachycephalic breeds
Promoting collaboration; keeping breeders and kennel clubs and other stakeholders aware of international developments
Watch for our 2021 Annual Report in the first quarter of 2022!
Please feel free to contact us anytime with questions, comments, or new ideas on how we can work together.
The International Partnership for Dogs 2021 Milestones Final 9 Nov.pdf
The International Partnership for Dogs 2021 Milestones Final 9 Nov A4 Sheet.pdf
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