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Breed Notes - 8 Mar 2021
Before I get started notes today, I would like to say that it wasn’t just the Duke of Edinburgh who has been admitted to a heart hospital recently, the same thing has happened to Steve Shone, husband of Val (Zwartbos). We wish him an early diagnosis and a speedy recovery, and I am sure Val will be happy to pass on cards and good wishes …at least he has the advantage of many years over the Duke in his favour.

This is about the time of year our minds are usually firmly fixed on the NEC and Crufts…not this year, though. This year we have to wait until the summer, but at least the signs are looking promising at the moment, but I’ll bet there are lots of sets of fingers being crossed right now. Looking back to last year, we have happy memories of our time, with John judging a really nice entry. It is hard to believe that it was our most recent social activity.

The soul-searching that we undertook when considering whether to continue our membership of the KC Accredited Breeder Scheme …we decided not to renew… did raise some questions in our minds. There has recently been some criticism of the KC for removing the printing of health tests from registration documents, and I must say I’m on the side of the protesters. With modern technology it can’t be a problem to do it, and we all know that the argument the KC use, that the information is readily available on their website, is a spurious one because this will not be at the forefront of the new puppy owner’s priorities, notwithstanding the difficulties we have recently been experiencing with the KC website itself. However, this brought another thought to my mind. Some time ago, inspired by the RSPCA, there was a concerted attack on the breeding practices in the pedigree dog world that perpetuated hereditary defects, and appeared, in some breeds, to even encourage distortion of nature. The KC responded with a number of initiatives, including veterinary testing f winners from some vulnerable breeds at shows and an insistence on compliance with breed-specific health tests for litters using the Accredited Breeders Scheme, but, as far as I know, still quite happily register puppies from litters with untested parents otherwise. Why ? Surely they are in the unique position to ensure puppies as healthily bred as possible by only registering checked litters. I would be most interested to hear the case against this action…if there is one……and be more than happy to apologise if I am wrong.

Not long to go now……………………..hopefully

Keep safe

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
This article was posted on: 08-Mar-21
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