Protecting and Preserving the Heritage of our Purebred Dogs.

Cropping Docking in Ontario

Could Canada be the first country to be serious about

animal welfare


Association for Preservation Founder and few Breed club presidents attended a Leaders Table meeting with the

College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) held in October 2012.

Docking, cropping, and dewclaw removal were discussed in light of the proposed "Joint Provisional Position Statement on Cosmetic Surgeries for the Canine Species." The meeting yielded agreement that animal welfare was the main objective, however, no agreement could be achieved regarding d/c/dc public policy. The conclusion that was drawn from that meeting was that further research regarding the repercussions of d/c/dc bans in other countries would be required.


November 2016 a Associaton for Preservation of Purebred Dogs representative accompanied by Executive Director: Lance Novack and CKC Chair: Bob Rowbotham, met with :Jan Robinson, Registrar & CEO to discuss a well-controlled scienctfiic study designed to track the health statuses of d/c/dc dogs and undocked, uncropped, over an extended period of time . A study that really needs to be performed in order to fully gauge the implications to animal health and welfare for  d/c/dc purebred dogs. No guessing, no emotions just the truth.


To date, various jurisdictions and organizations have conducted partial studies that relate to different elements of d/c/dc (injury studies, breed decline reviews, etc). However, no comprehensive research exists that examines the impact that outright bans on d/c/dc have on animal health and breed decline. This research project proposes the commencement of such a study. Information that would be yielded form such a study would lead to more informed decision-making, and would provide policy makers a sound basis upon which to structure the decisions.


By advocating for a moratorium and period of study, and by supporting strict limitations on d/c/dc, together the CVO, CKC, and all interested parties would be exhibiting compromise, promoting animal health, and preserving the freedom of choice for its memberships. The study would also make Canada the first nation to undertake such a comprehensive review, showing us to be both serious about animal health and welfare and at the forefront of this issue. (Although the proposal focuses on Ontario policy, the recommendations put forward are intended to serve as a pilot program that can be exported to other provinces, with the ultimate hope of a common standard across the nation.)

By calling for a moratorium on d/c/dc, enacting strict limitation on access, creating strong enforcement mechanisms for compliance, conducting comprehensive research, and increasing engagement with key stakeholder in the area of animal health and well being, it is the hope of Association for Preservation membership that a sensible compromise can be reached, and strong partnerships can be built for the sake of the animals that all parties care so strongly about.


After the presentation OVC offered input to explain their position and perspective:
• OVC doesn’t (or extremely rarely) receive complaints from the public over cropping/docking.
• Cropping/docking is deemed a major surgery therefore enforceable if there are complaints. Outcome is to refer to SPCA. This is a societal issue.
• OVC has a task group on medically unnecessary procedures.
• OVC doesn’t own all of the animal welfare issues. Their focus is licensing vets, quality assurance and facilities (e.g. shelter medicine)
• The OVC seemed genuinely interested and appreciative of CKC’s presence. OVC suggested that CKC would be a desired contributor at their table for future consultations on related subjects.
• OVC CEO Jan Robinson indicated that OVC has no expectations that OVC’s strategies will include advocating a ban on cropping/docking in Ontario
• OVC provided constructive feedback on the proposal and requested follow up after we had time to consider their input.
* OVC will not mandate all to participate, but will offer volunteer staff and students.
• “emphasize the science”. i.e. support with research and statistics.

* Consult a statistician.
• Are other Provincial Veterinary Associations being contacted ?
• Avoid any schemes that impose more record keeping into vet practices.


As of October 2018 no further advancements have been made by CKC or the CVO regarding a joint scientific study on docking and cropping. Contact was made with Gae Sellstedt, Executive Assistant of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association but no meeting has been arranged.


Link to proposed study:: Coming soon.