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BBC drops Crufts

Posted 16 December 2008

Following the broadcast in August of the BBC documentary, Pedigree Dogs Exposed, which revealed that strict Kennel Club breed standards have led to serious health and welfare problems in pedigree dogs, the BBC has confirmed that it will not be televising Crufts next March.

The decision follows the Kennel Club's refusal to comply with the broadcaster’s request to exclude certain breeds from the show. The dispute centres around at least 12 breeds, including the mastiff, Pekingese, bulldog, Cavalier spaniel and German shepherd - breeds that the Kennel Club has itself identified to be 'at risk' due to serious congenital issues.

The Kennel Club has, however, agreed to introduce new guidelines to its breeders. The new rules, it says, will be in place by the end of the year, and will cover 209 breeds. Long overdue, is their announcement that Crufts' judges will be trained to choose only the healthiest dogs and that incestuous matings will be 'tackled'.

Those who have the time, money and commitment to offer a permanent home to a dog should adopt one of the many thousands languishing in rescue centres across the country, rather than buying one from a breeder or a pet shop.

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