It believes that some breeds have now accumulated so many serious health conditions that the further breeding of them is in breach of Animal Welfare Law. It believes that the breeding of the English Bulldog and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Norway does not meet the legal animal welfare criteria laid down in the Norwegian Animal Welfare Act of 2009.
As a test case the NSPA is now taking the Norwegian Kennel Club, two breed clubs and selected breeders to court.
The NSPA is of the opinion that a number of breeds are too sick to continue breeding them. In addition, the lack of genetic diversity makes it impossible to breed robust and healthy animals within the remaining breed gene pool. Based on this evidence the NSPA believes the outcrossing of these breeds is the only available option.
Dog breeders, breed clubs and kennel clubs will be keenly awaiting the result of this legal action.