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 & Conformation Scheme.
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.