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Click HERE in order to view Breed specific Requirements and recommendations including health screening (held by The Kennel Club).

The Chow Chow Breed Council are actively engaged in researching health issues that might have been associated with Chow Chows, this may involve attending seminars and workshops, gathering and analysing data, training future judges to consider functionality and health when judging the Chow Chow taking into account breed specific traits and conformation. The health scheme is funded through donations, running seminars and the generosity of those giving up so much of their time and energy to organise fund raising events. If you would like to make a donation to the Health Scheme, this would be very much appreciated and you can send your payment to our Treasurer, Andrea Douse, at her address - 28 High Street, Lymington, Northants, NN10 9LS or the secretary Mrs Claire Merrion. Please make cheques payable to The Chow Chow Breed Council Health Fund.

The Chow Chow Breed Council launched its Health Testing Scheme and the first testing session took place at BUBA 2013, followed by a further six testing sessions at W.E.L.K.S Championship Show, and at the North Eastern Chow Chow Club Championship Show and BUBA, in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Testing can be done by any veterinary surgeon who may charge for this service, alternatively, from time to time testing sessions will be run either at Gerneral Championship shows or through Chow Chow Breed Club shows where the testing costs will be kept to a minimum. Scheduled testing sessions will be advertised on this site and the Chow Chow Breed Council Faceboook page as well as individual club websites.

This scheme is not compulsory BUT, in order to build up an accurate picture of the Chow Chow’s health, the Breed Council requires breed club members, breeders, exhibitors and the wider Chow Chow community to take part, we cannot do this alone without your help.

Our intention is to have an on-going health testing scheme with data collection and we have commenced with a Bronze form which is designed for collecting data which at some point we can relay as statistics. Request an application form /s as detailed below.

The health check can be carried out at 15 months of age or over and the dogs must be permanently identified by microchip or tattoo.
The form is numbered and identifiable to the applicant, will be sent to you, for you to take to the vet.
All Registration details and identification numbers are required before testing can take place.



The responsibility remains with the individual to test or not, as participation of the scheme remains voluntary, but it is recommended that we should be actively involved by testing to continue promoting the health of the Chow Chow.

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