The Great Dane Breed Council held its autumn meeting on Monday 26th September 2016 at the Holiday Inn Stafford and was attended by delegates from seven of the eight participating clubs. The meeting was chaired by Tony Pearce.
Breed Health Co-ordinator Maria McGuinness gave an update on the DCM Research Project and shared the excellent news that the re-application to the KC Charitable Trust for funding which had been made by Liverpool University in conjunction with the Breed Council, has been successful and the sum of £42,000 has been granted.
As already agreed another Breed Council Health Day will be held in the autumn 2017. Clubs and their members are asked that any subjects considered suitable for discussion should be brought to the attention of Maria McGuinness. Further details will be available in due course.
The BC Health Sub-Committee also gave details of the launch by the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust of the “Give a Dog a Genome” project.
Great Danes are included in the initial 50 breeds that signed up to the Give a Dog a Genome project.
Tony Schaanning-Ling gave the KCLC report of the last meeting held in May. He advised that he was to continue as Chairman of the KCLC for a further three years.
Other subjects covered were a proposed inclusion in Club Show Schedules and Catalogues of the KC Code of Conduct in relation to Social Media; Judging lists and Criteria and the feasibility of producing a video/film on our breed standard for the KC Academy as part of the education of up and coming judges.
The Great Dane Breed Council has recently received a certificate from the Animal Health Trust confirming our contribution to the Genome project and can be viewed here
The summary report on the Breed Council & Annual General Meeting held in Stafford on Thursday 21st March 2016 can be found here
On the 25th January the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust launched the “Give a Dog a Genome” project and we are pleased to announce that our application to be included has been accepted. The £1000 donation for each breed is being matched by the Kennel Club. All nine Breed Clubs are fully supporting this research to create the UK’s largest Genome bank. This will be of considerable help in the understanding of the canine genome and improve canine health.
The aim is to sequence the entire genomes (consisting of 2.4 billion DNA letters) of 50 different breeds by the end of 2016. The Health sub-committee made its initial enquiry to the AHT in mid-February, securing a place subject to receipt of the donation. The uptake in the project by breeds has been extremely quick. The £1000 donation money came from the Breed Council (8 clubs) and the Great Dane Breeders and Owners. There are now over 70 breeds who have applied to join and in addition to the original 50 required, the AHT hope to move forward in 2017 with a further 25. It is understood that we are included in the first 50 to be sequenced.
For more information it is suggested that you visit the AHT website at www.aht.org.uk/gdg
A list of judges for 2016 shows has been added to the site
We have received the following from Trish Neill of the Great Dane Lovers Association of Western Australia about a health and lifestyle survey she has carried out and published in July 2015.
“We conducted a broad spectrum health & lifestyle prevalence survey on 1,165 pure bred Great Danes in Australia. The population has already contributed to a number of clinical studies including one being carried out in the UK on Osteosarcoma. I am very excited that we now have the opportunity to contribute to some breed specific projects in Australia around key issues. As these commence we will be sharing more information. It is early days as we have only just met with the key scientist”.
It looks like a great deal of hard work has gone into producing it and our thanks must go to Trish for giving us access to her report which is available for download from
THE GREAT DANE BREED COUNCIL
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WILL BE HELD AT THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS,
STAFFORD ST18 9AP (Jct 13 of M6)
ON MONDAY 21st MARCH 2016 AT 2.30 PM
Paid up members of the 8 participating breed clubs are
invited to attend
Enquiries to Mrs Olivia Bates, Secretary
THE GREAT DANE BREED COUNCIL
WILL BE HOLDING
THE 3rd GREAT DANE HEALTH DAY
SUNDAY, 1st NOVEMBER 2015
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL SMALL ANIMAL TEACHING HOSPITAL
LEAHURST, CHESTER HIGH ROAD, NESTON, Nr CHESTER, CH64 7TE
10 am for 10.30 start
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
HANNAH STEPHENSON, BVMS(Hons), CertSAM, MRCVS – DCM
INHERITED MYOPATHY (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CENTRAL CORE MYOPATHY)
DR GEMMA WALMSLEY, MA VetMB, DipECVN, PhD, MRCVS RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
OSTEOSARCOMA IN GREAT DANES
MR BILL OXLEY, MA VetMB, DSAS(O), MRCVS
TICKETS: £20 (must be prepaid)
To include Buffet Lunch, Info Pack and Certificate of attendance
Tickets will be on sale shortly and can be obtained
from the Great Dane Health Co-ordinator Maria McGuinness
Hesketh Farm House, Spurriers Lane, Melling, Liverpool L31 1BA
0151 520 1527 / 07932532220
Olivia Bates – 01606 737444 Email: email@example.com
Dear Breed Health Co-ordinators
I am writing to inform you of a DNA Clinic, organised by the East Anglian Collie Association (EACA) in conjunction with the Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation. The clinic will be held at the EACA’s Championship Show on Sunday 2nd August at Littleport Leisure Centre, CB6 1PU, and is open to all breeds.
The DNA tests will be carried out by Animal Genetics, with some tests offered at a discounted price. Click here for further information.
Please feel free to disseminate this information amongst your breeds by any means you deem appropriate.
If you have any queries with regards to the clinic, please contact Pat Hutchinson (tel. 01954231115, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Health and Breeder Research Assistant
The Kennel Club
We have been asked by Dr Jo Dukes-McEwan from Liverpool University Small Animal Hospital for Great Dane owners to take part in a Survey they wish to do on Sudden Death in Great Danes, if you would like to take part, the survey can be accessed from Great Dane Survey and can be completed on-line, it should take about 10 minutes to complete.