Vet Checks for Show Dogs in UKC
The Kennel Club (in the UK) instated a new rule that makes vet checks mandatory on 15 breeds. The vets are to “focus on clinical signs associated with pain or discomfort which will come under the main headings of external eye disease, lameness, skin disorders and breathing difficulty. The show veterinary surgeons will be looking for signs such as ectropion, entropion, corneal damage, dermatitis, breathing difficulty on moderate exercise, and lameness. The fifteenth breed is the Chinese Crested where the principal issue will be the presence of skin damage arising from hair removal and thus signs of clipper rash or chemical insults to the skin will be looked for.”
The fifteen ‘high profile’ breeds are the Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Shar Pei, St Bernard, French Bulldog, Pug and Chinese Crested.
I think this is a good idea, personally! Wouldn’t it be great if the AKC picked up on it? I would like to see it extended to other breeds as well, speaking as an owner of a dog that most likely has collie eye anomaly. I would like individuals with signs of these or any proven genetic disorders to be removed from breeding programs and showing. They can still make wonderful pets (I wouldn’t give up my boy for anything!) but they shouldn’t pass their genes on.
What do all of you think?