Over the years the work of the group has evolved and grown and now, in 2016, the breed bodies have recognised that the group needs the flexibility and freedom to be able to operate within a more business-like structure and have granted it autonomy to become a stand-alone organisation. We are delighted with this development, but are also pleased to report that we will still enjoy the support of the breed bodies and will be reporting back to them on a regular basis and presenting reports at the AGMs as usual – and we will refer back to the breed bodies and their membership on issues that require their guidance and endorsement.
The purpose of the group is to monitor and promote the health and welfare of the breed, to educate and inform, and to be a united breed voice in all matters relating to health issues. The group is also in a strong position to lobby, in conjunction with the breed bodies, on Kennel Club or legislative issues that may affect the future integrity and reputation of the breed.
The group is not responsible for rescue activities, as these are already well organised and taken care of by the clubs (see Links
), but rescue hounds and pet owners are entitled and encouraged to take part in any research or health programmes available to the breed.