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Register Now for the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme (RFGS) Clinic in Kitchener, Ontario

Held during the K/W Kennel Club Dog Show
The Kitchener Aud
400 East Ave, Kitchener, ON N2H 1Z6
May 19, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

$70 + $15 Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) fee (See breed club rebate for participants!)

Calling all breeders/owners of Pugs, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, and all brachycephalic breeds!
Please join us for our first 2024 RFGS clinic! Once again, the Bulldog Club of Canada, Bulldog Club of Ontario and French Bulldog Club of Central Canada will be offering their up-to-date members a $15 Rebate when they register for a RFGS (Respiratory Function Grading Scheme) clinic.
NOTE: There are only 30 rebates available from each club. Register today to avoid disappointment!

While the screening program is currently open to Pugs, Bulldogs, and French Bulldogs, all brachycephalic breeds are welcome to participate. Pugs, Bulldogs, and French Bulldogs are eligible for OFA certification and all breeds will receive an exam report at this time.


Participating in the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme (RFGS) clinic has a number of benefits for you and your dogs including:
  • Reducing the incidence of producing puppies affected by BOAS by screening your breeding stock and including the results in your selection criteria.
  • Increasing your understanding and awareness about the Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) condition.
  • Allowing you to share the results with prospective puppy buyers.
  • Joining a growing number of breeders of brachycephalic breeds who are taking an active role in enhance their breeding programs.
You participation also helps to grow the RFGS clinics to become one of the routine tests done in Canada. Your participation also has broader benefits including:
  • Giving back! Your host kennel club receives $20 of each registration fee to assist with fundraising efforts.
  • Allows CKC to share how RFGS clinics are going with government and industry stakeholders.
  • Growing the number of qualified RFGS examiners by ensuring that new shadowing veterinarians can examine an adequate number of dogs with varying grades, in order to gain experience and proficiency in the RFGS before becoming OFA approved.
  • Robust data collection that will support the development of ongoing research on brachycephalic breeds at England’s University of Cambridge.

How to Register:
  1. Pre-Registration is Required using OFA Online:
  2. Login to your account, or create one, then pick the dog you want tested, select the RFGS clinic date and fill out the application.
  3. Email: to set up an appointment.

CKC is privileged to partner with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to bring the RFGS to Canada. CKC launched the first clinic in March 2023, and we look forward to announcing further events this year. We will continue to work with the national breed clubs for the Pug, Bulldog and French Bulldog and collaborate with key stakeholders to promote and preserve the health and wellbeing of all purebred dogs, including brachycephalic breeds.

For more information about RFGS, please visit:
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