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KC issues guidance on health representatives

Towards the end of 2008, the Kennel Club wrote to all breed clubs and asked each club to nominate a health coordinator or representative. They further asked for a single health representative to then be nominated for each breed.

Some breeds have had difficulties achieving this and the KC has issued the following guidance in an attempt to help all breeds who have not yet nominated a representative for the KC to liaise with on health matters:

  • Each breed should nominate one health coordinator /representative. If there are several clubs in a breed and agreement on a single health representative cannot be reached, then those clubs should consider forming a health group or committee and that health group should nominate a ‘leader’ for a given period, who can act as the breed health representative for the KC.

  • It is very important that every single lead health representative must have email (or access to email). If you are a breed health coordinator and the KC does not have a current contact email address for you, then please let them have one as soon as possible. Please remember to keep them updated on any changes.

  • There is no formal ‘job description’ for health representatives. The single most important quality that a health coordinator should have is an interest in the health of the breed. Some time to spare and discretion are also, of course, essential. Coordinators do not necessarily need to be a member of a breed club, although this is more usual. No formal qualifications are needed, but many breeds have chosen health coordinators that do have some sort of health related qualification.

The Kennel Club will shortly begin formal communications with breed health representatives, via a specially created email group.

Listed below are the breeds where a health representative has been agreed and then also those breeds where the KC is not aware of an agreed rep. If your breed does not yet have an agreed representative, then please try to achieve this as soon as possible via your breed club. All queries, and updated information, regarding breed health coordinators should be directed to Mrs Diana Brooks-Ward, Kennel Club Health Coordinator at
List of Breeds where a Health Coordinator has been nominated: Breeds which have single nominated health representative: Affenpinscher, Afghan Hound, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Australian Silky Terrier, Basset Bleu De Gascogne (Imp), Basset Fauve De Bretagne, Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand), Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit), Basset Hound, Bavarian Mountain Hound (Imp), Beagle, Belgian Shepherd Dog, Bergamasco (Imp), Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Bolognese, Border Terrier, Boxer, Bracco Italiano, Briard, Brittany, Bull Terrier (Miniature), Bulldog, Canaan Dog, Catalan Sheepdog (Imp), Cesky Terrier, Chinese Crested, Chow Chow, Collie (Rough), Dachshund (All), Dalmatian, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Deerhound, Dobermann, English Setter, Finnish Lapphund, Finnish Spitz, German Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian), German Shorthaired Pointer, German Spitz (Klein & Mittel), German Wirehaired Pointer, Giant Schnauzer,

Glen Of Imaal Terrier, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Greenland Dog, Greyhound, Griffon Bruxellois, Hamiltonstovare, Havanese, Hovawart, Hungarian Puli, Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla,
Ibizan Hound, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Italian Spinone,
Japanese Akita Inu, Japanese Chin, Japanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Spitz, Keeshond, Kerry Blue Terrier, King Charles Spaniel, Komondor, Kooikerhondje, Korthals Griffon (Imp), Lakeland Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Large Munsterlander, Leonberger, Lhasa Apso, Lowchen (Little Lion Dog), Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Norfolk Terrier, Norwegian Buhund, Norwich Terrier, Otterhound,
Papillon, Pekingese, Pharaoh Hound, Pointer, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Poodle (Miniature),
Poodle (Standard), Poodle (Toy), Portuguese Podengo, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Pyrenean Mastiff (Imp), Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired), Retriever (Chesapeake Bay), Retriever (Curly Coated), Retriever (Golden), Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Russian Black Terrier, Saluki, Schipperke, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Siberian Husky, Skye Terrier, Sloughi, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spaniel (American Cocker), Spaniel (Cocker), Spaniel (English Springer), Spaniel (Field), Spaniel (Irish Water), Spaniel (Sussex), Spaniel (Welsh Springer), Spanish Water Dog, St. Bernard, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Swedish Vallhund, Tibetan Mastiff, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier, Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), West Highland White Terrier and Whippet

Breeds where no single representative has yet been nominated: Airedale Terrier, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Australian Shepherd, Australian Terrier, Basenji, Bearded Collie, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Border Collie, Borzoi, Boston Terrier, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Cairn Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua (Long Coat), Collie (Smooth), Coton De Tulear, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan), Estrela Mountain Dog, Fox Terrier (Smooth), Fox Terrier (Wire), French Bulldog, German Longhaired Pointer, Grand Bleu De Gascogne (Imp), Hungarian Vizsla, Irish Red & White Setter, Lagotto Romagnolo (Imp), Maremma Sheepdog, Mastiff, Norwegian Elkhound, Old English Sheepdog, Parson Russell Terrier, Pomeranian, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Retriever (Flat Coated), Retriever (Labrador), Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Samoyed, Schnauzer, Shar-Pei, Shih Tzu, Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer (Imp), Spaniel (Clumber), Weimaraner, Welsh Corgi (Pembroke), Welsh Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier

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