Quotes from the Step-By-Step Guide
The more I look at this the more impressed I am with the KC.
By using these toolkits, Breed Health Coordinators can expect to:
- Accelerate the pace of improvement and depth of understanding of the health of their breed
- Develop a step-by-step approach for creating a health plan
- Implement a health survey to collect health information and to monitor progress
Most breeds are dependent on Breed Clubs, their members, and responsible breeders to ensure a healthy future. They are also influenced by current owners and potential future puppy buyers, without whom a breed is unlikely to be viable in the long-term.
Ensuring a breed’s long-term future is becoming increasingly challenging considering:
- Puppy buyer and pet owner expectations that their dog will live a long and healthy life
- Competition from breeders of so-called “healthier”, “designer breeds”, who can often sell puppiesfor as much, or more, than many pedigree breeds
- Calls for legislation to control, or ban, the breeding of some pedigree breeds; either because of their conformation/health or their temperaments
- Lobbying from campaign groups and individuals who feel strongly about the need to improve the health of pedigree dogs and who feel frustrated by slow progress
The publication of the three reports in 2009 (Bateson, RSPCA & APGAW) makes it clear that breed health improvement is the key issue that we have to address and this is not going to changeany time soon.
There are some sentences scattered through the booklet that are really worth quoting:
"TIP: Breed Health Improvement is not the responsibility of the Health Coordinator, or even your Health and Welfare Sub-committee; it is the responsibility of everyone who loves your breed and wants to ensure it has a healthy future."
Cavaliers......Faith, The Ginger Tank and Woody.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.
Remembered with love......... Tommy Tuppence and Fonzi