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Free eye testing and respiratory function grading at Crufts

The Kennel Club and the BVA are funding free eye testing and respiratory function grading for Bulldog, French Bulldog and Pug exhibitors at Crufts 2022

The Kennel Club is pleased to offer free eye testing to all exhibitors, and free respiratory function grading assessments for Bulldog, French Bulldog and Pug exhibitors, at Crufts this year (2022).

Funded jointly by The Kennel Club and the British Veterinary Association, there will be 60 eye testing appointments per day, available free of charge, giving a total of 240 free appointments across the four days of the show.

The free eye testing sessions will be booked on a first come, first served basis and allocated in the order they are received. Restricted to one per exhibitor, and only open to those who have not had their dog’s eyes tested before, the free bookings will be taken from today (February 15) via email.

Exhibitors must provide all of the following details in their email:

  • Name of owner
  • Registered name of dog
  • Registration number
  • Microchip number
  • Preferred time slot (am or pm)
  • Mobile telephone number

If any of the required details are missing, the email will be rejected and a free appointment will not be allocated. Under no circumstances can appointments be booked over the phone.

The Kennel Club is also pleased to confirm that for the first time it will be offering free respiratory function grading scheme assessments for Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs at Crufts. Assessments are available on Saturday 12 March only and bookings will not be taken in advance. Interested exhibitors can speak to the assessors, who will be available in Hall 4, or visit The Kennel Club stand in Hall 3, to arrange an assessment. Exhibitors who are successful at securing an appointment are asked to bring their dog’s Kennel Club registration certificate with them.

Once the free appointments are filled, The Kennel Club will announce further details of upcoming eye testing and respiratory function grading assessment sessions after Crufts for exhibitors who missed out.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts show manager, said: “This is a fabulous offer for exhibitors showing at Crufts who wish to have their dog eye tested, or assessed via the important respiratory function grading scheme.

“By screening breeding stock, breeders can use the information to eliminate or reduce the frequency of eye disease or breathing issues being passed on to puppies. We are expecting a huge uptake for this offer, so don’t delay in applying by email or speaking to an assessor at the show.”

More information on eye testing can be found on The Kennel Club website and the BVA website. More about The Kennel Club/University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading Scheme for Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs is available on the Kennel Club website.

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