The Karlton Index Reports

The Karlton Index ReportsBuilding momentum

The value of the Karlton Index methodology is in the “snapshots” it takes of breed-health related activity over time, which gives a clear indication of what progress is or isn’t being made in safeguarding the health of the breeds we claim to love. It gives us insight into the conditions required for building momentum in breed health and the 2016 report will add to this. To put that into context it is worth reviewing key points raised in the two previous reports.

2013 Karlton Index Report
Exactly the same methodology was used to score the breeds again in 2013.

Of the 187 breeds scored, 184 were included in the 2011 index. Of those 184, 154 (84%) scored more in 2013 than in 2011. 109 breeds (59%) increased their scores by 5 or more and 52 breeds (28%) increased their score by 10 points or more.

Notable achievements included:

  • The Dachs-Life 2012 survey conducted by the Dachshund Breed Council which was just one part of the breed’s comprehensive approach to its health agenda.
  • The Cause of Death survey and group study being conducted by the Flatcoated Retriever Society, just two strands of their widening health agenda.
  • The strong team work of the Irish Wolfhound Health Group and their promotion of health testing.
  • The growing body of collaborative research work in Irish Setters as typified by the announcement of the project into bloat.
  • The international collaboration of the Leonberger Club and their commitment to open registries, likewise the international dimensions to the work of the Otterhound Club.
  • The breadth and depth of analysis of health data being done by the Staffordshire Bull Terrier health team.
  • The collaboration between breed clubs in English Springer Spaniels (the English Springer Spaniel Club and the Southern English Springer Spaniel Society).

But one of the most heartening aspects of the 2013 findings, was the measurable progress made in some breeds which previously had scored little. Namely the Bloodhound, French Bulldog, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Chow.

Consequently, the second assessment gave us insight into the conditions required to a) maintain good levels of progress and b) conditions required to accelerate from a low starting point.

The Karlton Index ReportView the 2013 Karlton Index Report

2011 Karlton Index Report
The first full assessment of each breed against the Karlton Index framework was done in 2011. It concluded that, by and large, the levels of activity on health were disappointing in many breeds but at the same time there were glimpses of some brilliant work, namely:

Breeds, such as, Toy and Miniature Poodle, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and West Highland White, together with many of the high profile breeds, such as, Pug, Bloodhound and Chow, scored low. Also, too many of the brachycephalic breeds at that time, offered prospective owners poor quality information on health and support for the welfare of their dogs was negligible.

However, it was seeing the several excellent approaches to health that convinced me, breed clubs had the transformative capabilities, given the right conditions, to secure much better health and welfare outcomes for dogs. That changed my whole outlook on breed health.

The Karlton Index ReportView the 2011 Karlton Index Report