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.
The summary report on the Breed Council & Annual General Meeting held in Stafford on Thursday 26th March 2015 can be found here
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
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
DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY – HANNAH STEPHENSON, BVMS(Hons), CertSAM, MRCVS – DCM
INHERITED MYOPATHY (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CENTRAL CORE MYOPATHY) – SPEAKER TO BE ANNOUNCED
THE MERLE GENE IN GREAT DANES – SPEAKER TO BE ANNOUNCED
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
Olivia Bates – 01606 737444
Download Flyer Here Health Day 2015
19th March 2015
Dear Mrs Maria McGuinness,
Re: Judges Health Monitoring Annual Breed Summary 2014 Great Dane
As part of the enhancements to Breed Watch, from January 2014 the Kennel Club has collected health & welfare information from all Judges with appointments for Category 2 & 3 breeds as a mandatory requirement. Following appointments the breed Judge is required to complete the mandatory health monitoring form and return to the Kennel Club. Further information relating to the health monitoring process and health monitoring forms can be found here.
Attached is the annual Judge’s health monitoring summary for your breed for 2014. The information shows what conditions Judges have reported at present in the breed and the number of dogs in their entry that displayed the condition. The information only includes shows where breed watch points of concern were noted by the Judge. Of the 43 shows with completed reports in 2014, 14 noted at least one BreedWatch point of concern.
The Kennel Club has provided the Breed Health Co-ordinator, the Breed Club(s) and if applicable the Breed Council with the information. If you have any questions in relation to the Judge’s health monitoring annual summary or any other aspects of Breed Watch please don’t hesitate to contact me on the details provided below.
Canine Health Advisor
The latest update from Liverpool University to the Great Dane Breed Council on the current status of the research into DCM in Great Danes can be found by following this link
WHAT THE CHANGES ACTUALLY MEAN
The recent change to the Great Dane Stud Book Banding from “D” to “C” is fully understood as it should reduce the number of “inferior quality” exhibits obtaining their Stud Book Numbers, i.e.:- only 1st and 2nd in Open and 1st in Limit qualify for SB entry. However, with this change, comes the recommendation that the number of “hands on” (h/o) dogs required to be judged in order that a judge may be placed on the A3 List is 110, with the B List 20% of that number i.e. 22.
Until the end of 2013, Great Danes had been in Band “E” for over 20 years, with the number of h/o at 250. The B List therefore 50. The BC/Clubs had collectively agreed some years ago that the A3/B List numbers should be 200/60 respectively and the criteria reflects that. The change to Band “C” took effect in January 2014 when the recommended h/o number became 160. The B List therefore 32.
As noted above, January 2015 saw the recommended h/o reduced yet again, which effectively equates to a reduction in the experience required to be considered to award CC’s for the first time of 56%. All in the space of 1 year!!!
Aligned to this is, that in order to judge more than 3 classes of the breed at Open Shows, a judge must be situate on a Breed Club B List. Breed Councils/ Breed Clubs will still be able to retain their current criteria, although the KC have previously recommended “that the Breed Council give due consideration in reviewing its A3 & B criteria numbers in the future.”
THE GREAT DANE BREED COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, STAFFORD ST18 9AP (Jct 13 of M6) ON THURSDAY 26th MARCH 2015 AT 2.30 PM
Paid up members of the 8 participating breed clubs are invited to attend
Enquiries to Mrs Olivia Bates, Secretary
The revised constitution approved at the last AGM and Ratified by KC November 2014 can be accessed from the menu above.
The summary report on the Special General Meeting held in Stafford on Thursday 13th November 2014 can be found here
The following has been received from the Kennel Club if you wish to attend or have any questions please contact Charlotte as indicated below.
Dear Breed Health Co-ordinators,
Charlotte McNamara, the Canine Health Advisor in the Kennel Club’s Breed Shows team, has asked me to let you know about the Breed Watch Education Days for 2015, which are open to all. The education days will be held at the Kennel Club building in Coventry on the 15th of February and the 11th October.
For more information on the days, or to book tickets please click here. If you have any questions or queries then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Information Officer
The Kennel Club
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