To: The Kennel Club
This campaign has ended.
Dear Kennel Club
As a breed rescue/club, we are politely asking that you reconsider your position on the registration of Colour Not Recognised bulldogs. Whereas we appreciate there is no direct link between health and colour, we do feel the need to point out that we are now having to deal with a huge increase in the number of dogs that were bred purely for profit based on their coat colour and it is very sad to see that many of these dogs are from unhealth tested parents, bred by people who have done no research and have no care to the future of the dogs they breed. As a direct result Lilac, Dudley and Blue bulldogs are increasingly coming into our system with congenital issues which put a huge drain on our funds.
Our funds are being spent almost as fast as we can replenish them and most of the dogs that need vet treatment are now dogs of CNR. We appreciate that you are not prepared to stop registering these litters but please could you consider using a proportion of the increase in registration revenue to help the breed rescues affected pay for the treatment so many of these dogs now desperately need.
Examples of problems being reflected as a result of indiscriminate breeding:
• Skin problems
• Heart problems
• Spina Bifida
• Limb deformities
We understand these can happen with any mating, but the breeders that care about what they are producing are far less likely to produce pups with problems such as this on the same scale as the CNR dogs are bringing with them.
We feel it's important we act now before the damage to our breed becomes irreversible.
Why is this important?
Trevor’s Treaty was born from the arrival of Bulldog Rescue’s first seriously deformed Lilac Bulldog called Trevor and launched at Crufts in 2019. Realising that the sudden increase in dogs bred purely for colour over health was creating a problem of its own, we realised that something had to be done to not only educate the public about this current fashion trend, but also ask the Kennel Club to rethink their current registration system
The Kennel Club have always maintained that the registration of dogs considered “Colour Not Recognised” (CNR) was not a problem based on the fact that there is no proven evidence to suggest coat colour could have an impact on health (with the exception of Merle). But by enabling registration of these pups has encouraged the breeding of dogs classed as “Rare” endorsed by having the term “Colour Not Recognised” on the registration document. In turn this has meant that the breeders of these dogs can then go onto charge 2, 3, 4 and sometimes 5 times the price of a standard colour bulldog.
In fact we have seen Standard colour bulldogs registered as CNR dogs simply to inflate the selling price and it is our opinion that until DNA profiles are required at registration there is nothing that can be done to change this.
There is no evidence that coat colour can affect the health of the dog (with the exception of Merle) BUT the onset of indiscriminate breeding simply to create a specific coat colour has had a huge impact on the health of the breed as a whole.
The breeders of these dogs have no other thought over the mating except what the colour of the pups will be. On the one hand the Kennel Club are promoting Health testing and making commitments to the media about how they are committed to improving the health of the Bulldog by investing in and supporting various health testing schemes BUT none of this matters if our gene pool is being contaminated by unhealthy dogs bred for profit by breeders who have no intention of undertaking any form of health testing or to comply with the breed standard.
Many of these litters will have Standard Colour pups within them, these dogs are out there in the gene pool and as the numbers increase the health tested dogs will soon be outnumbered.
As a breed we cannot fight the health argument if the Kennel Club continue to allow the registration of dogs bred purely for profit.
So what are we asking?
The kennel club have already said they will not stop registering them so we are asking them to use some of the increased registration revenue to help us pay for the increase in badly bred and now deformed dogs coming into the rescue system.
Black, Black and Tan, Blue (or Lilac) and “Dudley” (ie no black pigment) occur naturally in the bulldog but they don’t naturally occur very often. The very first breed standard written in 1865 allowed these colours but by 1902 they were written out and considered undesirable and as the standard has been altered throughout the years the undesirability of these colours has never changed. But it is this wording that encourages breeders to class them as “rare” because they can still supply a Kennel Club Registration document at the point of sale.
Trevor’s Treaty is an effort to collect signatures to take to the Kennel Club to ask them to either
a) Stop allowing dogs to be registered as CNR or
b) Use some of the increased revenue created by these registrations to help the breed rescues deal with the ever increasing number of unhealthy, non standard dogs.