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Breed Health Survey Results 2020 part 2

So, here are the results from the 2020 Breed Health Survey, on the physical health of the SWDs surveyed. The behavioural part of the survey was not analysed in 2017, so it may take me some time to do both 2017 and 2020.


Photo courtesy of Noriko Brewster


As you can see, I cherry-picked the most interesting health results for the presentation given at the AGM, but you can see some interesting changes regarding activities people participate in with their dogs. Those on the rise are:

  • Agility

  • Good Citizens’

  • Scentwork (new category)

  • Rally (new category)

  • Fun/companion dog shows

  • Cani-X

I would hope that the next Breed Health Survey, due in 2023, will be open for longer, thus enabling us to gather more information for more dogs. With two new health tests being recommended by the SWD Club in the UK (EO PRA and Brachyury), we will have more physical health information, too.


Below you will find a downloadable copy of the survey which provides a more in depth review of the results previously presented at the 2021 AGM


Breed Health Survey Report 2021
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Download • 1.21MB

A copy of the 2021 heath presentation made at the AGM can be found in the SWD Health Reports section of the website under 'About the Breed', along with previous reports and presentations from 2017 and 2014. You can also access this page directly by Clicking Here.



In addition to the report it is useful to remind you that the club are are still raising funds to identify the DNA Genome responsible for the causing Glaucoma within the breed. Any funds you donate go directly to supporting the research, which will eventually lead to the development of a specific DNA test to positively identify this awful condition in our breed. This will help future generations in trying to eradicate this disease from our curly coated friends and prevent any further suffering. If you would like to help support this cause, please click the logo of our Go Fund Me page to the right, which will take you directly to our fundraising page.


Thanks again to everyone who took the time to enter their dogs’ details

Rachel Cooper, KCAI, Breed Health Co-Ordinator

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