Over the last months, huge concern was expressed, either at personal or institutional level, regarding the danger of seeing several popular breeds, affected by BOAS, to be purely and definitively prohibited from being bred. We refer of course mostly to Pekingese, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, English Bulldog or Pug.
Some FCI members (national canine organisations - NCO) proved to be particularly active (the Netherlands, Norway, …) and following talks and debates, the FCI President, Dr T.Jakkel (HU), was invited to attend a seminar/workshop held in Norway end of August, where many veterinarians and breeders took part. The workshop was conducted by Dr J.Ladlow, Animal Health Trust and BOAS Research Group at Cambridge University, and included scientific studies and a practical part where many dogs could be tested regarding their possible being affected by BOAS.
This session was very positive and beneficial and the FCI, represented by its President, Dr T.Jakkel, seized the opportunity to sign a cooperation agreement with Dr Ladlow.
The purpose of the cooperation is to make available Dr Ladlow’s successful monitoring and grading system to FCI members, if they are interested in implementing it. The FCI would therefore offer to its members a controlling and grading system which they could use in the frame of their professional and effective breeding programmes. “We believe that any other attitude (such as ignoring the problems or pushing the dogs out of the NCO’s sphere of control and bring them to the “grey” zone where they’d be produced only by unregistered and uncontrolled breeders or individuals, without any scientific guidelines, can only make the situation worse. Nobody wants that, I do hope so and I’m very confident about it” said Dr Jakkel.
The next step taken by the FCI will be to organize a conference and training for veterinarians (connected to the FCI members) in 2020 dealing with this monitoring and grading system and its practical use. The programme of the conference will be published early 2020 in order for the NCO to be able to appoint their domestic veterinarians who will take part in the conference and practical training.
Both the FCI and Dr Ladlow are convinced that the best solution is to improve the health of the breeds concerned and carefully monitor their populations.