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THE BVA has welcomed the introduction of independent veterinary checks for the dogs selected as ‘best of breed’ winners in 15 high-profile breeds at this year's Crufts dog show. Six dogs judged as best of breed at the show, which was held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from March 8 to 11, subsequently failed a veterinary check and were not permitted to take part in the judging of their group. The dogs that failed were the bulldog, Pekingese, clumber spaniel, Neapolitan mastiff, mastiff and basset hound.
Harvey Locke, past-president of the BVA, commented: ‘This initiative by the Kennel Club is to be applauded. It is a huge step forward in tackling the health problems in …