May / June  2020
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May / June 2020

warm welcome to all our members on this, our first issue post ‘Lockdown”.

With us now being able to open our puppy classes, training groups, and conduct behaviour consultations, we are in seventh heaven!! I would like to give a HUGE vote of thanks to our Chairman, Shannon McKay and her dedicated Committee members who have worked so hard behind the scenes FOR US, petitioning to get real clarity on some very grey areas of the Disaster Act.
Thank you Shannon and your team!  Your absolutely amazing efforts are to be congratulated and are really appreciated…

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February / March 2020
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February / March 2020

The Lifespan and Health Conditions of French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers

French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers – the two most popular breeds in the UK. Two large studies reveal the kinds of health problems that affect these breeds
By Zazie Todd, PhD

(Editors note: I have included this study due to the current high rate of popularaty of these two breeds in South Africa, and that the research indicated a small section on behaviour). The data was collected in 2013 and the Frenchie and Lab ‘fashion’ seems now to have peaked in South Africa.

Two of the most popular breeds of dog in the USA, Canada, and the UK are French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers. In fact in 2018, French Bulldogs knocked Labrador Retrievers off the top spot in the UK for the first time.

Because pedigree dogs are bred from a closed genetic pool, they can develop health issues related to the breed. As well, of course, any dog can be affected by various canine conditions . . .

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December 2019 / January 2020
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December 2019 / January 2020

STUDY FINDS LINK BETWEEN JOINT PROBLEMS AND AROUSABILITY IN DOGS

By Linda Lombardi

A number of studies have found a relationship in humans between anxiety and a condition called joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS). Now a study has found a parallel association in dogs. This provides insight into understanding this correlation in people, as well as providing something to think about in dogs with anxiety and dogs with hip problems . . .

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