I found this forum while looking for a certain breed for a friend of mine, and after having read through the posts, I would like to pose this question to members.
I have serious doubts regarding the inability of the ANKC and many kennel clubs worldwide to protect the welfare interests of purebred dogs while they are still prescribing to conservative, centuries old ideologies and traditions that are harmful to the canine species.
These are are a few quotes from ANKC site refering to its stratagies for improving the health and well being outcomes of pedigree dogs. I believe this information is dated 2009 so would be interested to hear of any implimentations or changes that have been made since this document especially in the areas of genetics and breed standard exaraggerated conformation.
Also I would like your thoughts on WHY you feel the ANKC has not implimented mandatory extensive health testing for ALL dogs entered in shows?
To me this seems the fastest and most logical way to deal with the inherent genetic disease problems within most pure breeds?
Australian National Kennel Council
2. Disease prevalence data collection and analysis. (LIDA)
The LIDA database has the possibility to provide a system to determine prevalence rates for specific disorders for each registered pedigree breed. However, this is a long term ongoing project which will require a large amount of input and assessment.
The ANKC Ltd feels that the system is limited in that it depends upon veterinarians collecting and forwarding on the information. Many of these diseases can be quite obscure and difficult to diagnose in some breeds as they may manifest at quite a young age and may fail to get diagnosed correctly. Another problem with LIDA is the possibility of incorrect identification of breeds by the Veterinarian. For example some Labrador crosses look similar to the pure bred. The ANKC Ltd is also concerned that it is mooted that information from non pedigree dogs will also be listed on the database.
Funding issues will also be long term and ongoing in order to provide ongoing support to LIDA to increase its data collection capacity. Instigation of breeders reporting of inherited disorders to LIDA certainly is a long term possibility and would considerably widen the data base input.
Some breed clubs already have internal reporting mechanisms; however use of these is often poor but certainly can be pushed by the Health and Welfare Committee.
The recording of inherited disease data is one of the major issues to be addressed by the ANKC Ltd Canine Health & Welfare Committee. The ANKC Ltd is in the process of trying to develop its own nationwide data base for the logging the results of all inherited diseases. This will take significant money and time to develop. It is envisaged that there will be both open and closed registers initially, with the end goal of having disease data results printed on pedigrees for easy access to all buyers and potential breeders. This is certainly a long term project and will take time to achieve its long term goals.
The Opening of stud books is an area that is strongly opposed by many breeders.
The Opening of stud books is an area that is strongly opposed by many breeders. Where this has been done as with the LUA Dalmatians, it has been done to counteract the high uric acid problem that affects all Dalmatians. This is a very useful and purposeful exercise. These Low Uric Acid dogs have now been accepted by the Kennel Club (UK).
Breed extensions is an area with continual review – this is undertaken every 5 -10 years across all breeds and is an area that could become very proactive in promoting fitness and health in breeds. These are used to educate judges and to a lesser degree breeders. A higher emphasis on health and welfare aspects as well as the fit for function can be readily brought in along with the need to avoid exaggerations.
These are all long term goals that will need time, education and a whole shift in the dog breeding fraternity philosophy towards dog breeding and exhibition. This, like any major shift, is often subtle but eventually quite profound. “Fit for function, fit for life” should be the eventual common goal for us all.
From these stratagies, there seems to be an underlying vein of ,-_long term goals - need more time - education - long term ongoing project - more funds.
How much longer do we need? Why is there not a movement to FORCE every show or breeding animal to have health testing, including and especially genetic disfunction and disease?
Should a "champion" ONLY be a champion, if he is fit, functional and free of genetic disorders? I certainly think so..