Find extra information and support on the subject of pedigree dogs.

What the veterinary profession is doing


• The veterinary profession is working with, and independently of, the Kennel Club to help resolve problems in pedigree dogs.

VetCompass is a novel UK-wide health surveillance scheme that shares clinical data for companion animals from primary veterinary practices. VetCompass will provide accurate information about which dog breeds (and crossbreeds) are suffering from what disorders and to what extent. Around 170 veterinary practices have signed up so far. VetCompass is a collaboration with support from several organisations, including the Royal Veterinary College, the University of Sydney, the RSPCA, Pfizer, BBSRC and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

• The RSPCA/British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation is currently working on a new Puppy Contract to be launched soon. It will be free to download and it is hoped that it will be used by all breeders and buyers of puppies in the UK. The Puppy Contract will help ensure that breeders have done all the relevant health tests for the breed and details what is expected from owners in terms of care.

• The BVA is currently lobbying Government to improve legislation relating to dog-breeding.

Information on health and welfare and advice on buying a puppy


Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

RSPCA advice on buying a puppy

Dogs Trust advice on buying a puppy

Kennel Club advice on buying a puppy

Independent site offering specific breed health information for pet owners

Reports into dog breeding


Three independent reports that followed Pedigree Dogs Exposed endorsed the film's findings.

Pedigree dog breeding in the UK: a major welfare concern? (from the RSPCA),

The Report of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare (APGAW)

The Bateson Inquiry Report

Two high-profile reports on dog breeding preceded Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC) Report on Breeding and Welfare in Companion Animals (2006)

The Price of a Pedigree - Dog breed standards and breed-related illness (May 2008)

Breed-related links



UK Boxer Breed Title

British Boxer Club

Scottish Boxer Club


The Cavalier Club

Companion Cavalier Club


The Pug Dog Club


British Bulldog Club

Bulldog Breed Council

The Bulldog Club Incorporated

General links