The RSPCA today (Wednesday) warmly welcomed the Kennel Club’s announcement that they will no longer register puppies whose parents are closely related*.
The results of the Kennel Club’s review of breed standards was also acknowledged as a step in the right direction, but the Society needs to look at the detail to see if enough has been done.
RSPCA chief veterinary adviser Mark Evans said: “The fact that from March the Kennel Club won’t register puppies from closely related parents is brilliant news and a significant step forward for pedigree dog welfare. This is something the RSPCA has been calling for and shows recognition that close inbreeding of dogs is not a good idea.
“We haven’t yet had the opportunity to look at the Kennel Club’s reviewed breed standards in detail, but our initial concerns are that the changes don’t appear to be radical enough to really make a difference. We also question [...]
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