The Board of the Norwegian Kennel Club decided today, on 27th September 2019, to allow the organization of all canine events in the country as well as to withdraw its recommendation, according to which dogs from Norway should not attend canine events abroad. Consequently, the Finnish Kennel Club has withdrawn its previous decision to prohibit dogs living in Norway from participating in canine events in Finland.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority announced on 26th September 2019 that the cases of bloody diarrhoea discovered in Norway are not linked to each other and therefore, it is not necessary to avoid close contact between dogs. The Finnish Food Authority announced on 25th September 2019 that it withdraws its recommendation, according to which dogs should not be imported from Norway to Finland or exported from Finland to Norway.

- The decision of the Finnish Kennel Club also means that dogs living in Norway may participate in dog shows in Finland, including the international dog show held in Åland this weekend, says Tuula Laitinen, Vice Chair of the Finnish Kennel Club’s Board.

The prohibition for Norwegian dogs to attend canine events in Finland, set by the Finnish Kennel Club, has been in force since 5th September 2019. A similar porhibition has also been in force in Sweden and Denmark. Hungary and Germany have also prohibited dogs from Norway from attending their events.

More than a 100 dogs have suffered from bloody diarrhoea, appearing in clusters in Norway during August-September. Many dogs also died of the disease. Most affected dogs have however recovered quickly after receiving veterinary care. Bloody diarrhoea is a globally known disease.


For more information
Tuula Laitinen, Vice Chair of the Finnish Kennel Club’s Board
tuula.laitinen@kennelliitto.fi
tel +358 40 430 3229

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