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For anyone wishing to make a donation: either send a cheque to the address below made out to “WFCA Canine Advisory Account; or (preferred) make the payment by deposit to a Barclays bank or by BACS to WFCA Canine Advisory account, Barclays Bank, Exeter, Sort code 20-30-47, A/c No 90782173.

Address: Secretary of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding
Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, CB23 8AU.
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Welcome to the website of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding

The role of the Council is to encourage and facilitate significant improvements in the welfare issues associated with dog breeding by providing independent, expert advice to governments and other stakeholders.

The origins and background to the Council are set out below. Our Programme and  Priorities for the immediate future can be found on the “
Programme ” page, where you will also find links to the Council minutes and papers published by Council Members.

The Council will hold its annual meeting open to the public on Dec 3, at the British Veterinary Association, 7 Mansfield Street, London. Space is limited and if necessary we may need to limit attendance on a first come, first served basis.
An agenda is here.

Council Standard for Breeding Dogs
The Council's Report on the first 8 welfare priorities

"The Council's Report on the first 8 welfare priorities can be found here.

This Report sets out the Council's considered view of the welfare challenges
posed by these high priority problems and recommendations for addressing
them. Some of this work came directly from Council members and some from
other experts in the relevant fields. The Council would like to express its
particular thanks to Professor Dan Brockman, Dr Joanne Dukes-McEwan, Dr
Janet Littlewood and Professor John Innes.

Note: the 8 priority problems are:

Ocular problems linked to head conformation;
Breathing difficulty linked to head conformation;
Syringomyelia (SM) and Chiari-like malformation (CM);
Idiopathic Epilepsy;
Heart disease with a known or suspected inherited basis;
Breed-related and inherited skin conditions;
Limb defects (including hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia);
Separation related behaviour: a serious but often hidden welfare issue for
domestic dogs."

The Council’s First Annual Report
The Council’s First Annual Report can be read here 20111231Full Accounts to 31 December 2011 signed

Background to the Council

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Background to the Council
In late 2009 and early 2010 three separate reports were published recommending the creation of an independent Advisory Council to provide advice regarding the welfare issues of dog breeding.
These Reports were  (‘Pedigree dog breeding in the UK: a major welfare concern?’ commissioned by the RSPCA, a report from the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare entitled ‘A healthier future for pedigree dogs’ and the ‘Independent inquiry into dog breeding’ by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson).  
In February 2010 a consortium of organisations* concerned with the welfare of dogs formed an interim ‘Review Board’ to take forward the key recommendations of the three reports. Their unanimous view was that the most important first step was the formation of the independent Advisory Council. 
Following an open competition, Professor Sheila Crispin was appointed as the founding Chairman and the apppointment of the first 9 Members were announced in November 2010.  The relevant announcements can be found on our “Press Releases” page.
The first meeting of the Council was held on 8 December 2010 and the draft minutes of this (and all future meetings) will be found on our “Minutes of Council Meetings” page.
The Advisory Council has been established as a company limited by guarantee. As a non-statutory body it depends entirely on grants and donations to progress its work. It does not benefit from any financial support from government. Progress so far has been made possible by generous donations from a number of animal welfare charities. 
In order to place the Advisory Council on a sustainable footing for the future we aim to establish a structure of patrons or sponsors willing to support the work of the Council. We are approaching a number of organisations with a strong interest in the welfare of dogs. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a patron or sponsor, please contact Heather Peck on
Patrons or Sponsors of the Council
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Those organisations who have already committed themselves to become Patrons or Sponsors of the Council are listed on the relevant page. We are very grateful for their generosity to the Council and their support for the Council’s work on dog welfare.

If you would like to contribute to the work of the Council, please send your donation to John Hird (The Welfare Fund for Companion Animals), c/o Mrs Heather Peck, Cherry Tree Cottage, Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambridge CB23 8AX. All cheques should be made out to “The Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding   
If you have views or evidence you wish to offer the Council, please contact the Secretary,
Mrs Heather Peck.
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Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding