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About Dog Breeding Inquiry

Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS of Cambridge University has been appointed to conduct an independent inquiry into the breeding of dogs.

The terms of reference for the Inquiry can be found here.

Guidance on how to submit evidence can be found here.

If you wish to contact the Inquiry, please see details under Contact Us

Membership of the Advisory Group

Chairman: Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS



Professor William (Bill) Amos,

Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Cambridge University

Andrew Ash BVet Med, Cert SAM, MBA, MRCVS

Grove Lodge Veterinary Group Ltd

Dr Brian Catchpole BVetMed(hons) PhD MRCVS

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Immunology, Royal Veterinary College

Bruce M Cattanach BSc PhD DSc FRS

Professor Sheila Crispin PhD FRCVS

University of Bristol

Professor Ian McConnell

Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge

Mr Roger Mugford

Company of Animals

Professor Christine Nicol MA Dphil

Professor of Animal Welfare, University of Bristol

Secretary: Mrs Heather Peck BSc FCIPD


Timeline for the Inquiry Report

Issue of call for evidence 12 Feb 2009

Deadline for receipt of returns 15 May 2009

First Advisory Group meeting 1 June 2009

Interviews May – Sept 2009

2nd Advisory Group meeting 10 Sept 2009

First draft 31 Oct 2009


Peer review

Receipt of comments 30 Nov 09

Complete Report 15 December 2009

Publication, Press Conference etc Early January 2010


The Inquiry can be contacted by email or post as follows:



Submission of Evidence:

Address: The Secretary, The Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding, PO Box 682, Cambridge, CB1 0LY

Telephone: 07837 827 669

Evidence and Papers

Members of the committee can use the links below to access evidence and papers.

You should have been provided with a password by the Secretary. Please email Mrs. Heather Peck if you have any problems accessing these areas.