The members of the Breeding and Health Work Group:
Elli Pehkonen (chair)
Tasks and objectives:
The goal of the work group is to promote the breeding of healthy stabyhouns according to the breed standard.
- The Breeding and Health Work Group aims to increase the know-how and knowledge of breeders in various areas of breeding. In order to achieve this objective, the work group will organize different training events related to breeding.
- The Breeding and Health Work Group acts as a joint forum for breeders and encourages breeders to collaborate more than before. The work group strives to support and help breeders in different problem situations. Increasing the knowledge and expertise of breeders will improve the breed and this way the effects are reflected in the homes of every stabyhoun.
- The Breeding and Health Work Group aims to promote the health of stabyhouns. This initially requires an analysis of the state of the breed’s health, and the work group aims to increase the number of health screenings by its own example, by giving support and making efforts towards this goal. It is also the benefit of dog owners to know about possible issues that could make normal life difficult before the symptoms appear. Therefore hip and elbow scorings and, for instance, eye exams are important for both breeders and dog owners. In order to promote the breed’s health, we need to know what needs to be improved. By mapping out the state of the breed’s health, the work group can define what can be done to improve the situation. In order to achieve the goal, the work group will inform about health-related issues, organize lectures and maintain a list of, for example, von Willebrand gene test results. The work group will also organize different tests. In addition, the work group aims to improve the health of individual dogs by organizing training events for dog owners related to dog care and maintenance.
- The Breeding and Health Work Group wants to create and maintain open discussion about possible issues related to the breed’s health and character.
- The Breeding and Health Work Group is in close collaboration with foreign associations and breeding-related agencies.