This means that because of the severe health problems of these two breeds they may no longer be bred in Norway as 'pure' breeds. However, they can be crossed with another breed in a scientifically controlled way to ensure good health.
Ashild Roaldset from the NSPA said that for several decades, sick dogs have been bred in violation of Norwegian law and that what has taken place is a systematic and organised betrayal of our four legged friends. Today it has been confirmed that this is illegal.
Dog breeders, puppy buyers, welfare organisations and government in the UK need to take note of this.
Does it mean that at last it is the dogs' health and welfare which will be put first rather than the needs of humans?
Will the UK and other nations follow Norway's lead or will it result in a battle to protect the institutions and human beings who wish to retain 'breed purity'?
Whatever the case, the NSPCA and Oslo District Court have sent a message to the world of dogs and put canine health and welfare first. They are to be congratulated.