Independent Reports on Dog Breeding and Welfare.
Three independent reports have been published subsequent to the documentary TV programme transmitted by the BBC in August 2008
1. “Pedigree Dog Breeding in the UK -
This report was commissioned by the RSPCA and was published in February 2009, following the BBC documentary in August 2008. It can be viewed/downloaded from the following web-
Click on the Report title (Pedigree Dog Breeding in the UK: a major welfare problem?) in the “Read the Report” panel on the right-
2. “A Healthier Future for Pedigree Dogs”
The report by the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) was published in November 2009. It can be viewed/downloaded as a pdf file from:
Open the website home page by clicking on the following link, then click on “Reports and Publications” followed by “Dog Breeding 2009”. Note that there is a separate download for an updated appendix.
3. “An Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding” (Bateson).
The much awaited final report was published in January 2010. The report may be viewed/downloaded from the following web-
The three independent reports produced following the BBC’s transmission of the “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” programme in August 2008 discussed welfare issues associated with dog breeding. Recommendations were made as to how the situation may be improved and in the past 3 years various initiatives have been introduced in an attempt to address the issues.
In July 2012 the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) published an Update Report that discusses the various initiatives that have been implemented to date and how further progress may be achieved.
This report can be viewed/downloaded as a pdf file from the APGAW website. Open the website home page by clicking on the following link, then click on “Reports and Publications” followed by “Dog Breeding 2012”:
The Dog Advisory Council was formed in February 2010 following the recommendations of the 3 reports on dog welfare published between late 2009 and early 2010 and which had resulted from the showing of the “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” documentary on BBC 2 TV in August 2008.
In his report, Sir Patrick Bateson stated that “the challenge of identifying high welfare standard breeders reliably could be addressed through the application of a rigorous, robustly policed and well respected quality assurance scheme. No current scheme presently matches those criteria”.
A recent publication, “Issues of Dog Breeding: Standards for Breeders”, from the DAC details what the they regard as “good practice” in relation to the welfare of dogs. The report details measures designed to protect fully the health and welfare of both breeding stock and their puppies and has been the subject of consultations with key stakeholders including the veterinary profession, the major animal welfare charities and the Kennel Club. On 3rd September 2012 the report was submitted to DEFRA as a formal recommendation.
The publication may be viewed/downloaded at:
Alternatively, the report may be downloaded by typing “dog advisory council breeding standard final” in the Google search box.