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Pedigree dogs
Improving pedigree dog health

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I WAS pleased to read Adele Waters’ editorial and Nick Blayney's comments in Veterinary Record (March 18, 2017, vol 180, p 262, 263), following Crufts 2017. My own long-standing engagement with pedigree dog health ranges from grass roots involvement with breed health schemes in the 1990s to helping to implement the veterinary checks at Crufts 2012, a highly controversial The Kennel Club initiative now widely regarded as having influenced a shift to less extreme conformation in some breeds, as Mr Blayney suggests. However, there is undoubtedly still much to be done.

I have recently begun a PhD at King's College London, for …

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