Dog breed health

VetCompass studies have explored a number of important topics including issues related to the health of pedigree dogs. The current VetCompass understanding of canine health is summarised in a recent statement.


The Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System (VetCompass) is a not-for-profit research project prioritising companion animal welfare.


Collaborators, Supporters, Vetcompass practices and testimonials


  • “The KC is fully supportive of the principle of data collection from veterinary practices which will give us much greater information about the conditions which affect dogs and dog breeds.”

    “Research projects such as VEctAR (now known as VetCompass) are crucial to enabling dog breeders to breed even healthier dogs while retaining the characteristics essential to their particular breed.”

    The Kennel Club
  • "The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) was pleased to learn of the work of the VetCompass Project and is an enthusiastic supporter of its aims. Collection of data on cats means that at last decisions for their health and welfare can be made based on evidence rather than opinion or best guess. Independent evaluation will provide knowledge that can be widely shared amongst cat breeders and owners to the benefit of their pets. There will most
    definitely be keen interest in all new information provided, and considerable value in breed studies, as there has been so little feline fact gathering previously. GCCF intends to support and publicise the project."

    The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF)
    Canines 811,140
    Rabbits 67,784
    Rodents 56,807
    Reptiles 5,658
    Ferrets 4,545
    Fish 636
    Other 6,128
    TOTAL 1,540,277

    Infographics UK

    Infographics Canine


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