Welcome to The KarltonINDEX

The Karlton Index was launched in March 2011, with the hope of bringing something constructive and helpful to the heated debates around dog welfare. Our founder, Philippa Robinson, has brought tried and tested tools from the world of business and applied them to activities related to dog health. The Karlton Index monitors the health of dog breeds in the UK and applies an Index / Score, to help dog buyers make an informed decision. The framework is designed to explore how people can engage with, collaborate on, and discuss dog health more objectively.

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The Aim
The Aim of The Karlton Index

The overall aim of The Karlton Index is to put dog breed health in the spotlight, but in a way that removes as much of the heat that tends to come when debated. The way we do this, is by focusing on facts, data and trends and applying objective measurement.
Dog Buyers Guide
Dog Buyers Guide

It is essential when choosing a companion animal, you take due regard for the animal’s size, temperament and physical and mental requirements. This section gives advice and gives a Karlton Index to each dog breed.
The Framework
The Karlton Index Framework

The Karlton Index framework is based on a simple but well known cycle of continuous improvement:  plan–do–review. The best way of understanding it, is to think of it as a structured set of four steps, each of which will contribute to improved dog breed health.
How To Improve
How to improve Breed health

The framework is designed to give breed communities a structure to help organise their health activities. The scoring gives a clear sense of what they are doing well and areas to focus on next, to ensure moving in a positive direction.