Bulldog Breed Council Revised Health & Conformation Scheme
In 2006 the Bulldog Breed Council Health scheme 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, especially 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.
Today, the Bulldog Breed Council has revised their scheme 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.
Since 2014 the structure of the Breed Watch allows 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 & Conformation Scheme 2017
The Bulldog Breed Council consisting of its member clubs and their members have, as a prime objective, to promote and encourage the breeding of HEALTHY BULLDOGS OF THE TRUE TYPE .The present scheme has been thoughtfully designed to encourage and reward the pursuit of overall excellence in the Breed achieved through ethical breeding practices .
- To promote the health and well being 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 , Silver and Gold awards and additional Gold Stars.
- To update the scheme as and when required in line with new scientific/medical findings that will contribute to improving the health of the Breed
- To publish a breeding protocol.
What to do next?
- All dogs to be Kennel Club Registered.
- All dogs to be microchipped.- now a legal requirement..
- To purchase a Bulldog Breed Council Bronze Health Certificate (this is a form in triplicate and only one form is needed). One payment of £5.00 covers the cost of the Bronze, Silver and Gold (Click to purchase)
- 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 number. (All certificates will be numbered, only one per dog and all information will be kept by the Bulldog Breed Council Health Coordinator.
Gold stars will be awarded for:
- All Bulldogs to be tested from 12 months of age.
- All examinations indicated on the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation form are non-invasive.
- All dogs to be assessed by one of the Bulldog Breed Council Approved Vets. (click here for list)
- One copy to be kept by vet, one copy by the owner and the top copy to be sent to Health Administrator within a month of the Certificate being purchased.
- Copy to be sent back to Health Administrator: Mrs Lieza Handley, 18 Sandbeds Road, Willenhall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV12 4EY.
- A Bronze Health Certificate will not be awarded if the dog does not meet the following criteria:
- Heart –any abnormality will be referred to a cardiologist for further tests.
- Eyes – any conditions that are detrimental to the dog’s 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 the Bulldog Breed Council whose decision is final.
- Once the dog has achieved a clear form without the issues listed above, the Bronze Level Health Certificate will be issued and sent to the owner . The dog's name will also be listed on the Breed Council website.
- All data collected from the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation Form, will be used at the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation meetings for future surveys and general health information. (all certificates will be identified by number only)
- All examinations indicated on the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation Silver Certificate are non-invasive.
- To apply for the Silver Level the following requirements have to be met:
- NO EXTRA FORM IS NEEDED, JUST THE RESULTS OF THE FOLLOWING IS NEEDED, TO BE EMAILED TO Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org .
- To have been awarded a Bronze Level Certificate.
- Clear results on eye examination recorded.
- To have Putnam Test (Grade 0-1)
- To have an HUU DNA test of Clear/ Carrier (certificate copy sent in, which includes
- Microchip/tattoo number)
- No adverse tail problems ( inverted or lack of tail will fail Silver level)
- Not be a Monorchid or Cryptorchid
- Not have Blue or Green Eyes
- Not have Non Recognised Colours
- Not be a Dudley
- Once the dog has achieved all the above, a Silver Level Health & Conformation Certificate is issued and sent to the owner it will also be listed on the Breed Council website.
- All Bulldogs to be over 24 months of age.
- NO EXTRA FORM IS NEEDED, JUST THE RESULTS OF THE FOLLOWING IS NEEDED, TO BE EMAILED TO email@example.com .
- To have been awarded both the Bronze and Silver levels.
- BVA or ECVO Eye Scheme – copy of certificate. Clear results on eye examination recorded (Test to be done at 2 years of age or over)
- BOAS Research Scheme. Certificate of Participation. ** changed on 29/9/2016 see below
- BOAS To have obtained a grade 0 or 1.
- Heart screening by qualified Auscultation approved Veterinary Surgeon.(Test to be done at 2 years of age or over)
- Copies of the certificates which include Microchip/tattoo number of all the tests to be sent in.
- Once the dog has achieved all the above, the Gold Level Health and Conformation Certificate is issued and sent to the owner it will also be listed on the Breed Council website.
- We understand that most people would not willingly put their dogs under general anaesthetic, but if the situation does arise, the results of the following tests and the data they would provide would be invaluable to the future of the breed.
Gold stars will be awarded for:
- Trachea measurements.
- Spinal X-Ray (Thorax area).
- Heart Doppler examination.
- HUU Clear
- Kennel Club Stud Book Number
- Uk Champion