BULLDOG BREED COUNCIL
REVISED HEALTH SCHEME 2014/2016
In 2006 the Bulldog Breed Council Health certificate was first developed as a breeding tool.
We had meetings at the Kennel Club who asked what plans we had to improve the health of the breed so it was developed with input from the Breed Clubs as a voluntary assessment, with no pass or fail .The aim was to identify health problems, so efforts could be made to help breeders and pet breeders not to breed two dogs sharing the same health problems or issues. It was meant to be particularly helpful to newcomers to the breed.
As we move on to the present day, the Bulldog Breed Council is now revising their health Certificate to incorporate the Kennel Clubs Breed Watch Items. The Bulldog is now one of the Kennel Clubs High Profile Breeds (Category 3)
Particular points of concern for individual breeds may include features not specifically highlighted in the breed standard including current issues. In some breeds, features may be listed which, if exaggerated, might potentially affect the breed in the future.
Prior to 2014 the features listed below derived from a combination of health surveys, veterinary advice, a meeting of Kennel Club Group judges, feedback from judges at shows or consultation with individual breed club(s)/councils via the breed health coordinators.
From 2014 the structure of Breed Watch will allow for a greater involvement by judges in
the reporting on and monitoring of the points of concern.
Aim of the new Bulldog Breed Council Health Certificate
To promote the health and wellbeing of the Bulldog. To promote healthy breeding practice. To enable data collection, to monitor current issues of the Breed and to compare with the past and to make improvements in the future. To Educate both Breeders and Pet Owners. To reward their participation in the scheme by achieving Bronze and Silver awards. (Gold in the near Future)
What to do next
All dogs to be Kennel Club Registered. All dogs to be microchipped or permanent tattoo. To purchase a Bulldog Breed Council Bronze Health Certificate. (this is in triplicate form) On purchase you will have to supply the owners name and current address, the dogs Kennel Club Name and Registration number with date of birth and
also microchip/tattoo number. (All certificates will be numbered, only one per dog and all information will be kept by the Bulldog Breed Council Health Coordinator)
All Bulldogs to be tested from 12 months.
All examinations indicated on the Bulldog Breed Council Bronze Certificate are non-invasive.
All dogs to be assessed by one of the Bulldog Breed Council Approved Vets. (can be found on Bulldog Breed Council Website) One copy to be kept by vet, one copy by the owner and the top copy to be sent to Health Coordinator within a month of the Certificate been purchased.
Elements examined are: Heart,Palate,Breathing,Nostrils,Skin,Eyes,Legs,Patella,Spine,Tail,
A Bronze Certificate will not be awarded if the dog does not meet the following criteria:
Heart – referred to a cardiologist (if any abnormality found). Eyes – with any conditions that are detrimental to the dog health. Any sign of aggression. Spine – any palpable abnormality will be referred for further investigation and X-ray. (eg: Spina Bifida)
If the information is not clear and is any way questionable, the anonymous
form (identified only by certificate number) will be presented to Bulldog Breed
Council whose decision is final.
Once the dog has achieved a clear certificate without the issues listed above, the Bronze Level Certificate is issued and sent to the owner it will also be
listed on the Breed Council website.
All data collected from the Bulldog Breed Council Health Certificates will be used at the Bulldog Breed Council Health meetings for future surveys and general health information. (all certificates will be identified by number only)
All examinations indicated on the Bulldog Breed Council Silver Certificate are non-invasive.
To apply for the Silver Level the following requirements have to be met:
To have been awarded a Bronze Level Certificate. Clear results on eye examination recorded. To have Putman Test (Grade 0-1) To have an HUU DNA test of Clear/ Carrier (certificate copy sent in,
No adverse tail problems ( inverted or lack of tail will fail Silver level)
Once the dog has achieved all the above, the Silver Level Certificate is issued and sent to the owner it will also be listed on the Breed Council website.
The Bulldog Breed Council will decide the Gold level at a later date as the Bronze and Silver do not require sedation or any invasive examination.
Health assessment forms have been returned for dogs which have unrecognised /highly undesirable non Breed Standard colours, It is proposed owners of such dogs who otherwise meet the health criteria are awarded certificates which will be sent to their owners, this will also be listed on the Breed Council website under a separate heading drawing attention to the fact they possess “highly undesirable colours” however their data will be collected
as part of health data.