Dear Breed Health Co-ordinator,
The Kennel Club would like to inform you, on behalf of the Animal Health
Trust of an update on the Give a Dog a Genome:
project and an exclusive invitation for you from the Animal Health Trust.
We're pleased to report that in just two weeks since launching the Give a
Dog a Genome project close to 30 breeds have been in touch to register their
interest, and we now have donations from ten breeds whose DNA will be
sequenced as part of this project. These ten breeds are: Tibetan Terrier,
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, Pug, Briard, Large Munsterlander, Bedlington
Terrier, Finnish Lapphund, Hungarian Vizsla, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling
Retriever and Dachshund. Please note, the Tibetan Terrier and Grand Basset
Griffon Vendéen were signed up to the project ahead of its official launch
due to their involvement in other research projects at the AHT, and the Pug
genome was funded by an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, in
memory of Biggles, a very special Pug. This is a fantastic response and one
which we could not have anticipated. It is incredible to see such
overwhelming support for this project as the knowledge we have the potential
to gain from this genome bank will, in time, benefit all breeds, not just
those 50 that are included now.
Give a Dog a Genome Seminar, 2pm Friday 26th February, Animal Health TrustWe
would like to invite you all to attend a special Give a Dog a Genome seminar
at the Animal Health Trust on Friday 26 February. The seminar will start at
2pm and will be a great opportunity for you to find out more about the ins
and outs of this project, how we've piloted the technology and to ask the
Kennel Club Genetics Centre Team any questions you may have. This seminar
will be useful for breeds that have already signed up to support Give a Dog
a Genome and to those who have not yet decided. There will also be the
opportunity to discuss the next steps for the project, and if more than 50
breeds might be included. To reserve your place, please email
Places will be limited to 50 due to the capacity of the AHT lecture theatre
and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We will, of
course, be at Crufts again this year and so if you are unable to attend the
seminar you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the project
If demand for the seminar is extremely high, we will try to arrange
another one at the Kennel Club facilities in Stoneleigh in April.
faithfully, Dr Cathryn Mellersh.
The Animal Health Trust www.aht.org.uk:
Primary Ciliary Diskinesia leads to respiratory issues. About 17% of Old English Sheepdogs are carriers of the gene responsible for the disease. A reliable DNA test can screen stud dogs and brood bitches, in order to adapt matings and avoid birth of affected puppies and spread of the disease in the breed.
Oes can suffer from Hip Dysplasia, dogs should be hip tested at an age of about 14 mths and bitches at the age of 12 mths under the joint BVA/KC Scheme. The breed average for OES is 10 anything over that then the dog or bitch should not be bred from.
The BVA/KC offers eye screening for Inherited eye disease. OES are tested for Hereditary Cataracts and are scored, Affected or Clear. Oes that are affected should not be bred from.