Breed Health and Conservation Plan (BHCP)

 

"The Kennel Club launched a new resource for breed clubs and individual breeders – the Breed Health and Conservation Plans (BHCP) project – in September 2016. The purpose of the project is to ensure that all health concerns for a breed are identified through evidence-based criteria, and that breeders are provided with useful information and resources to raise awareness of current health and welfare concerns in their breed, and support them in making balanced breeding decisions."

The Glen of Imaal Terrier BHCP was published in May 2022. It covers the following health issues:​

Glen of Imaal Terrier

BHCP

May 2022

Assured Breeders Scheme (Requirement)

  • DNA testing for PRA (crd3)

Breed Club Breeding Recommendations

  • PRA crd3 testing should be undertaken every third generation

Priorities

  • PRA crd3 is listed as a priority

 

Assured Breeders Scheme (Requirement)

  • Eye testing under the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme

Action Plan

  • The Breed Clubs to continue to encourage eye testing

 

 

PCDU

Priorities

  • PCDU is listed as a priority

Action Plan

  • The Breed Clubs and Kennel Club to monitor the uptake of the Finnish INC scheme and its relevance for determining elbow incongruity in the breed and providing breeding advice

INC grading for breeders

  • Information about how to get breeding stock INC (elbow incongruity) graded can be found in the PCDU presentation

 

 

DM

 

Breed Club Breeding Recommendations

  • DNA testing for degenerative myelopathy

Priorities

  • DM is listed as 'at watch'

DM testing for breeders

  • Information about how to get breeding stock DNA tested for DM can be found in the DM presentation

 

 

POPULAR SIRES &

GENETIC DIVERSITY

 

Priorities

  • Genetic diversity is listed as 'at watch'

Action Plan

  • The Breed Clubs to continue to monitor the use of popular sires and raise awareness of the importance of considering genetic diversity when breeding

  • The Kennel Club to produce a piece on the importance of considering genetic diversity and popular sires when breeding, specifically for numerically small breeds

 

 

ALLERGIES &

SKIN PROBLEMS

Priorities

  • Allergies are listed as 'at watch'

Action Plan

  • The Kennel Club to monitor research projects and findings with respect to allergies and skin complaints

 

BITCH WELFARE

Breed Club Breeding Recommendations

  • Bitches should not be bred from before the age of two

  • Bitches should not be bred from after the age of seven