“the Kennel Club has announced that it will crack down on the small number of breeders who continue to use the practice of mating close relatives by refusing to register those puppies that are born from any mother/son, father/daughter or brother/sister mating, taking place on or after 1st March 2009. Departures from this principle will only be made in exceptional circumstances or for scientifically proven welfare reasons. Kennel Club research into the genetic diversity of all breeds in the UK is ongoing and further changes will be considered in the future, on a breed specific basis.
The full release can be read here
It has to be asked; why oh why when the KC said this couldn’t be done because it was “illegal” (and everybody knew it wasn’t) have they done it now? Certain people will be shouting to the hilt about how right and justified PDE was!!