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In response to the increasing level of possible fraud in the breeding and registration of French Bulldogs and other breeds, the ANKC Ltd Board of Directors has appointed a Taskforce with the following Remit.

Identify alleged fraudulent dealings in the ANKC Ltd Registration System, record them and refer them to the appropriate Member Body for investigation.

Investigate measures to reduce the opportunity for fraudulent dealings in the ANKC Ltd Registration System, including but not limited to DNA Testing, introduction of Litter Registration Limitations and examination of the implementation of Regulations Part 6.

The Taskforce has received a substantial amount of valuable information from concerned members and in following up this material will be taking the following action.

Flag all suspect imported dogs and semen.

Flag all suspected prefixes that have been identified as breeding non allowable coloured dogs.

Through the appropriate Member Body appoint “Compliance Investigative Panels” to identify breeders and suspected mismarked dogs who are on the Main Register by microchip scanning and visual identification of the colour of the dog, any dogs identified as being registered on the Main Register who are not a recognised colour to be downgraded to the Limited Register.

Suspected breaches of the Regulations arising from these investigations will be referred to the breeders Member Body for action.

Although the Taskforce had initially been appointed to address the French Bulldog problem it will also investigate alleged fraudulent breeding and Registration practices in other breeds, including but not limited to, British Bulldogs, Pugs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.


The Canine Research Foundation is a Public Charitable Trust to support research conducted at Australian universities from funds generated via the levy on puppy registrations, fund raising functions, tax-deductible donations and bequests from the public. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide funding for research directed at improving canine health. Canine health refers to research into disease and disease related processes, and/or the prevention of injury and/or disease.

The CRF was founded by the VCA in 1992 and 111 research grants have been awarded for projects through to those commencing in 2017. Just over 1.3 million dollars of funding has been distributed since 1992 for research. Funding to the CRF is received from all ANKC Ltd Member Bodies.

Current trustees of the Canine Research Foundation are: Professor Brian Corbitt (President), Mr Roger Bridgford, Ms Louise Brodie, Dr Steve Holloway, Associate Professor Jan West, and Mr James Rodger.

In 2017 five grants were successful in receiving funding and summaries of the projects are outlined below.

Distribution of genetic mutations associated with degenerative myelopathy
(Dr Jayne McGhie, University of Queensland)

Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a non-treatable disabling neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive motor neuron loss and paralysis that culminates in death (commonly by euthanasia). It affects mature dogs in a range of breeds. Recently a mutation in the canine superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene has been identified as strongly linked to the disease. Genetic testing offering a means to rapidly identify non-clinically affected dogs that are potentially at risk. This knowledge can be used to make breeding decisions to reduce the incidence of DM.

German Shepherd and related Shepherd breeds have a high incidence of DM. The current project aims to test non clinical working shepherd dogs and associated breeding shepherd populations (including any pups) to: (a) estimate the frequency of the deleterious mutation for DM, together with a selection of other known diagnostic markers of disease in these breeds, and (b) inform future breeding strategies to reduce the incidence of this disease in the population. In collaboration with the Queensland Police Force, we will use state-of-the-art genetic testing equipment (Sequenom) and expertise within the University of Queensland to genotype a random sample of 150-200 working dogs, breeders or pups. Expected outcomes beyond the aims above include development of a testing capability for disease diagnosis and preventative medicine that can be applied across a range of breeds in Australia, longitudinal study of the health and well-being of these working animals, and creation of a genomic biobank of DNA for German Shepherds for future research purposes.

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