News & Highlights
Breed of the Month
★ This Month We Feature the Border Terrier ★
Brief Description: The Border Terrier is a small, rough-coated breed of dog of the terrier group. Originally bred as fox and vermin hunters, Border Terriers share ancestry with Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Patterdale terriers and Bedlington Terriers.
NEW: Get a GRIHP on Border Terriers 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 Border Terrier in our Pedigree Breeds database.
IPFD Partners in Action
IPFD Contributing Partner the Norsk Kennel Klub (NKK) is working hard for dog health/welfare. From 1 Aug 2022, there's a requirement for known BOAS status for breeding English & French Bulldogs. Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish bulldog owners and breeders travelled to the bulldog club's breed special to get their dogs BOAS graded. The article is in Norwegian, but you can use your browser's translate function or your preferred online translation tool if needed.
Launching its ‘Be Puppywise’ 2022 campaign, new research from The Kennel Club worryingly shows that almost one in three (29%) puppy buyers fear they may have bought a dog from a puppy farm.
Since 2018, a pilot project has been underway to introduce Mental Index, MI, for a number of breeds based on Behavioural and Personality Description (BPH). The mental index, MI, is a value that helps provide guidance on the parent animal's ability to inherit various mental traits. This value can then be helpful when planning your breeding and choosing breeding animals. First out is the Rhodesian Ridgeback, which is accessible via the breed club's website. SKK News Article | Info on MI | Info on MI for the Rhodesian Ridgeback (Content presented in Swedish)
Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)
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 email@example.com.
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: HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi.
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The IPFD Pedigree Breeds Database
Our Pedigree Breeds Database breed profiles include breed standards, population data, breed clubs, health/breeding strategy documents and links, videos, and much more. Most content is available to the public, but some content, such as breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring), is available exclusively to registered members (free sign up here).
The database currently includes profiles for 183 breeds, which are updated regularly as more information becomes available.
Though the information provided varies with each breed, typical breed profiles include the following sections:
Links to Breed Descriptions
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Health and Well-Being
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Breed-Specific DNA Tests
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Contributors Welcome! Breed organizations and breed experts are invited to contribute content for the existing entries, and we welcome suggestions and content for breeds not currently represented in the database. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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