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Field Spaniel Society Health Co-ordinator

Mrs Heather Weeks

The Kennel Club have recently undertaken a Breed Population Analyses, this is taken from the KC Web Site and I have also included the link to the Field Spaniel Data as well:

Taken from the KC Website -

Recognising the importance of managing the rate of inbreeding, the Kennel Club's Population analysis reports allow breeders to review the unique situation for each breed.

If unchecked, inbreeding levels can rise in a breed, and although its effects may not initially be noticeable, this increase can have a significant impact on the health and welfare of future generations.

The breed specific reports below provide a framework to shape discussions on the best ways to improve, or maintain, genetic health.

See the KC Link for more information -

 The Conclusion states:- but really needs to be read in context with the above link


As can be seen from figure 1, the number of animals of this breed registered with the Kennel Club is

very small. The small population size and possible influence of migrant animals mean there may be

large fluctuations in the rate of inbreeding and effective population size. The rate of inbreeding was

at its highest in this breed in the 1980s and 1990s. This represents a ‘genetic bottleneck’, with

genetic variation lost from the population. However, since the mid-1990s the rate of inbreeding has

declined implying a slowdown in the rate of loss of genetic diversity (possibly through the use of

imported animals).

There appears to be moderate use of popular dogs as sires in this breed (the ‘tail’ of the blue

distribution in figure 3).

It should be noted that, while animals imported from overseas may appear completely unrelated,

this is not always the case. Often the pedigree available to the Kennel Club is limited in the number

of generations, hampering the ability to detect true, albeit distant, relationships.

We are at present on the BVA/KC/ISDS EYE SCHEME SCHEDULE B - CONDITIONS UNDER INVESTIGATION  BVA Register for Spaniel (Field) - HC (early developing), MRD - (information from the KC Web Site) so it is imperative that testing is continuously carried out.

See under Health Schemes Eyes for more information on these conditions


The Kennel Club have informed us that the 2016 breed specific data summaries are now available on the Kennel Club website, which includes data summaries of DNA tests, the CM/SM scheme, the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia scheme, BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia scheme, and BVA/KC ISDS Eye scheme for 2016.

These summaries can be useful, for example, for finding out breed median scores for hip and elbow, or what percentage of the tested population are a carrier for a particular condition.


Please click here and scroll down to the ‘Health Data’ section.

The Kennel Club are running a Breed Health Symposium covering the canine world which will be open to anyone who is interested in attending as well as Breed Health Co-ordinators.  It will take place on Wednesday 4th October at the Kennel Club Building Stoneleigh.  

Topics are:

  Breed Health Conservation Plans


  Sniffing out the science: How to interpret information about dog health

  Update on Give a Dog a Genome Project

  International Partnership for Dogs update

  Questions and Answer

Click Here for the full agenda for the day

Tickets can be bought from the Kennel Club Online Shop from the 1st May 2017