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Dog breed health test breed clubsWith the site getting over 600 visits per day we get quite a few emails from people looking to be put in touch with a reputable owner / breeder of the breed they have researched and now want to introduce to the family.

Probably the most popular requests we get are for Miniature Schnauzers, Labradors & all the different varieties of Dachshunds.

In the case of one of the above breeds that I got 5 emailed enquiries for in the last 2 weeks, I wanted to see what the relative breed club had to offer by way of web presence and information for the potential owner.

When on the website for the breed I clicked on the puppies / dogs for sale and noted that there were 3 litters available. Now before I put the 5 people that had emailed me in touch with one of the particular advertisers I wanted to ensure that the pups were a result of a mating between 2 adult dogs that had been tested for the minimum breed specific health tests recommended for the breed. I emailed the person with the litter regarding the above & the response was ”  I do not have them tested, I am arranging this at moment ”

I then sent an email to the secretary of the club to find out what the clubs position on allowing pups to be advertised on their website from untested dogs and a week later haven’t received a reply.

Surely you would think that the club charged with the task of promoting the breed as well as giving advice re health and welfare would insist that any dogs or pups advertised on their site would at the very least come from dogs with the very minimum of health checks completed.

Now maybe it’s not this clubs fault, as it’s not a requirement for registration purposes for a dog or pup to have these health checks in place before being registered with the IKC and by being affiliated to the IKC the club aren’t breaking any laws.

Somebody once said to me that we are only custodians of our chosen dog breeds, and hopefully we leave the breed in a better position than when we first became involved with it.

Maybe some breed clubs should take that on board regardless of IKC policy.