Yesterday the Kennel Club issued its New Year Regulations.
From March the 1st they'll be refusing to register dogs that are the result of a mother/son, father/daughter or brother/sister mating.
From 2010 all dogs will have to be microchipped or tattooed if they are to be assessed under any of the BVA/KC health schemes.
Crufts judges will be expected to judge to the new revised breed standards - some of which are now available to view on the KC website. Judges have now also been given the power to remove a dog from the ring that they feel is unhealthy.
It's a new year, let's hope this is the new start for Kennel Club we've all been hoping for?
They still need to do a lot more about Coefficients of Inbreeding as very, very few dogs are the result of obvious incest. Most inbreeding today is caused by the overuse of popular sires and line breeding, but it's a start.
Here's the link for the whole story.