Dates for your diaries – Great Dane Health Day 2015

EARLY WARNING

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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THE GREAT DANE BREED COUNCIL

WILL BE HOLDING

THE 3rd GREAT DANE HEALTH DAY

ON

SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2015

AT

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

07932 532220

Email: health.coordinator@danecouncil.org.uk

OR

Olivia Bates – 01606 737444

Email: secretary@danecouncil.org.uk

Download Flyer Here Health Day 2015

Judges Health Monitoring Annual Breed Summary 2014 – Great Dane

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.

Yours sincerely

Charlotte McNamara

Canine Health Advisor

STUD BOOK BANDING

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.”

February 2015

Great Dane Breed Council AGM 2015

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

01606 737444

email@: secretary@danecouncil.org.uk

Breed Watch Education Day’s 2015

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 charlotte.mcnamara@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Kind regards,

Nick Sutton
Health Information Officer
The Kennel Club

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BVA/KC Eye Scheme cost changes

Dear Breed Health Coordinators,

Did you know that testing dogs over the age of 8 under the BVA/KC Eye Scheme is £21 cheaper? (normal cost for single dogs is £52 including VAT). Testing older dogs is a great assessment of the dog’s eye health, including picking up late onset or progressive eye conditions in any breed – both inherited and non-inherited.

The scheme is available for all dogs and dog breeds (not just those on Schedule A).

Click here for more information on the BVA website.

Kind regards,

Bonnie-Marie Abhayaratne
Health Information Administrator
The Kennel Club