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THE Kennel Club is to review the veterinary check guidelines for the German shepherd dog (GSD) to ensure that health and welfare concerns associated with the breed continue to be addressed.
The review of the veterinary checks is one of a number of measures announced by the Kennel Club at the end of July to address concerns about the health and welfare of the breed. The club also announced that, from August 1, the breed standard for the GSD would be changed to include additional wording to emphasise the importance of the dogs being capable of standing comfortably and calmly, freely and unsupported in any way.
The GSD is one of the so-called ‘category 3′ breeds – those that have been identified as having visible conditions that can cause pain or discomfort due to exaggerations. The recently announced measures follow controversy at this year's Crufts, where the showing of GSDs came under intense scrutiny as concern was expressed that the dog selected as this year's best in …