DCM Research

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Volunteers are still needed for our research into dilated cardiomyopathy in Great Danes at The University of Liverpool.

We are screening from 4 years – so if you have a Dane 4 years or older WE NEED YOU!!

A contribution of £50 towards all tests is required by the owner on the first visit.

We are also sending out Holter monitors to be fitted to some dogs 1 year or older. This is an EGC monitor (not the same as a heart scan). This will provide us with much needed information about arrhythmias (palpitations) in Danes.

This Project has the support of your Breed Council and Breed Clubs.

For further information or to book an appointment contact:

Joan Toohey on 0151 795 6129 (08:00 to 14:00 Mon – Fri).

Great Dane Breed Council Meeting – Monday 26th September 2016

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.

Press Release

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

Australian Great Dane Health & Lifestyle Survey 2015

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

www.australiangreatdanehealthsurvey.com