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Kennel Club accused of failing to act on breeding concerns

The producer of a controversial BBC documentary about health problems in pedigree dogs has accused the Kennel Club of failing to take sufficient action in the wake of the programme's revelations.

Welfare issues loom as hopefuls prepare for Crufts

Both four and two-legged Crufts hopefuls were today immersed in last-minute preparations for the controversial contest.

Dog owners facing tough new insurance regulations

Dog owners could be required to insure themselves against the risk of their pet attacking someone, it was announced today.

Crufts presenter to probe breeding issues

Crufts presenter Clare Balding will examine health and welfare issues surrounding dog breeding when the controversial contest returns to TV screens, More4 said today.

Lazy owner 'walked' dog while driving car

A dog owner too lazy to walk his pet has lost his driving licence after getting caught walking the animal while driving his car.

Database to match pedigree dogs with mates

Dog breeders will be able to access a "doggie dating website" to find the perfect match for their pedigree pooch under plans announced by the Kennel Club today.

Pet owners warned after guide dog attack sentencing

Police warned dog owners to keep their animals under control today after a man was sentenced following a savage attack on a guide dog.

Life-saving Labrador set to receive animal 'VC'

To the untrained eye, black Labrador Treo looks like any other happy, healthy dog.

Soaring vet bills 'forcing owners to have pets put down'

Animal lovers are being forced to have their pets put down because of rising veterinary bills, new research claims.

Sadie crowned top dog despite interruption

As expected, Sadie, the Scottish Terrier won her place as America's number one dog receiving "best in show" at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the night of February 16 in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Dog-owner begs court to overturn 'discriminatory' eviction order

A woman threatened with eviction because she keeps a dog pleaded with judges today to rule her landlord was behaving unlawfully.

Teenager who stole his dog back escapes prosecution

A New Zealand teenager faced legal action after he stole his own puppy from a clinic to save it from euthanasia because his family could not afford the expensive surgery it needed after it was hit by a car.

Labrador Retriever top dog in US for 19th year

The Labrador Retriever was named the top dog in the United States yesterday for the 19th consecutive year by the American Kennel Club.

Fat cat wins PDSA slimming competition

A fat cat which shed more than 2lb has been crowned pet slimming champion of the year by an animal welfare charity.

Mutations in pedigree dogs 'must be bred out'

Independent report reveals 'widespread concern' from vets over unregulated puppy farms that create dogs with painful deformities

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