HEALTH PIONEER (HP) DESIGNATION ADDED TO THE HEALTH AWARD PROGRAM
Any bulldog having been tested under the new Respiratory Function Grading Scheme (RFGS) will be granted a BCC Health Pioneer award in addition to the Ambassador for Health (AFH) award. RFGS provides a method to measure the presence and severity of the Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) in bulldogs and other brachy breeds. The test was developed by Cambridge University veterinarians, UK, and is certified by the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) since 2022.
The purpose of the Ambassador for Health program is to promote betterment of the Bulldog breed through health testing by recognizing Bulldogs, owned by Bulldog Club of Canada members, which have met specific health testing requirements.
The program has 5 levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Passing results are required on all eligible certifications except DNA based health screenings (passing results eligible for certification are defined by OFA). Any result will be accepted for DNA based health screenings. All results must be submitted to OFA and be verifiable in their public database.
To apply for the Health Award, fill out the application here.