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Animal welfare
Brachycephalic dog breeds
  1. Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi
  1. Head of Health and Research, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB

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IN response to the recent open letter to veterinary surgeons in the UK calling on them to take action regarding brachycephalic dogs (see VR, May 14, 2016, vol 178, pp 487-488) the Kennel Club recognises that there are a number of breeds and breed types that, when bred without care and consideration, can be at an unreasonable risk of developing brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS). With the recent exponential growth in popularity of these breeds, it is especially important that all stakeholders in canine health and welfare work together to tackle these issues head on.

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