Health Co-Ordinator


Anji Marfleet


Since becoming the Breed’s 1st Health Coordinator in 2002 and in 2009 being elected by members of both Breed Clubs to be the Kennel Club’s Keeshond  Breed Health Representative; I have:

  • Promoted Dr Skelly’s research into PHPT & Epilepsy by encouraging blood sampling at the NoEKC’s 2003 Ch Show and leading the Breed’s 1st Health survey to all owners
  • Organised the breeds first (& well attended) Health Seminar on Genetics with Drs Skelly, Sampson & Willis in 2004.
  • Established the 1st Club PHPT Register in 2007 & subsequently worked with the UK Kennel Club to record the results of the PHPT tests on their official database in 2010.
  • In 2011 was instrumental in helping Barbara Skelly restart the epilepsy research, this time collaborating with Dr Cathryn Mellersh at the AHT and provided swab kits & update at the Keeshond Club’s April Ch Show.
  • Over the years have helped many owners in sending samples for DNA testing for PHPT & Epilepsy to Drs Skelly & Goldstein and the AHT.
  • Started work with the Kennel Club on improving the accuracy of the COI information on ‘Mate Select’.
  • In 2016 signed up Keesies to be one of the first breeds for the Animal Health Trust’s ‘Give A Dog A Genome Scheme’ for research into both Epilepsy and PHPT.
  • Have worked closely with both Breed Clubs and the Kennel Club in promoting PHPT testing & making it a mandatory requirement for assured breeders.
  • Have consistently worked with both Breed Clubs for all Keeshonds.

Contact the Health Co-ordinator

For further help or advice on health and behaviour matters, please contact:

Anji Marfleet


Telephone: 01924 840315

E-mail:   Anji

Important: You should always consult a qualified veterinary surgeon if your dog is unwell. It is unlawful for anyone who is not a qualified veterinary surgeon to diagnose and treat an animal.

The Keeshond Health Fund

The Keeshond Health Fund exists to promote the health and well being of all Keeshonds, to seek to encourage and support research into diseases affecting the breed and to ensure that every effort is made to breed dogs free from inherited disease.

Objectives of the fund

  • To provide information to owners of Keeshonds on health matters to enable them to be fully informed of conditions that might affect their dogs.
  • To organise events for all owners of Keeshonds where they may receive information and advice from expert speakers on topics involving canine health.
  • To provide financial assistance to approved scientific partners in conjunction with appropriate bids for funding to investigate diseases and conditions relevant to the Keeshond.
  • To work with relevant scientific partners to aid the development and success of any active research projects and to enable proposals.
  • To actively seek ways to raise money to increase the capital sum in the fund.


Promoting the health and wellbeing of the keeshond
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