All posts by Gail Maskell

PAROXYSMAL DYSKINESIA (CECS) STUDY

We are pleased to be able to announce that the Animal Health Trust is now almost ready to go live with a survey and sample collection for this study.

 

The plan is to conduct a project aimed at identifying regions of the genome associated with PGSD by performing a ‘Genome-Wide Association Study’ (GWAS), also known as a genome scan.

 

Further information on this study will shortly be issued by the AHT research team in the form of a flyer. It will give all of the information people need to know about who can take part and how. As soon as it is released, details will be given on the Border Terrier Breed Health Group Website

CANINE GALLBLADDER MUCOCOELE

CANINE GALLBLADDER MUCOCOELE

A commentary for use by Veterinary Surgeons and Owners

What is a gallbladder mucocoele?

Gallbladder mucocoele (GBM) is, by definition, a disorder characterised by the deposition of thick mucus into the lumen (interior space) of the gallbladder.

The canine gallbladder is a pear- shaped organ lying between the two liver lobes on the right side and its primary function is to store bile produced by the liver. When a dog eats, this causes the pancreas to release cholecystokinin, a chemical which stimulates the gallbladder to contract, thus releasing bile into the small intestine via the common bile duct. Bile is an important part of fat digestion/absorption.

When a mucocoele develops, the cells lining the gallbladder secrete excessive amounts of thick mucus. This makes it difficult for the organ to contract efficiently and it becomes distended. Some of the thickened mucus and bile may also clog up the common bile duct, the tube by which bile travels to the gut. If the condition is undetected the gallbladder may rupture and give rise to septic peritonitis with a high probability of death.

Not all animals with a mucocoele are ill, it sometimes being detected as an incidental finding during abdominal ultrasonography for other conditions.

Typically, breeds of dog weighing under 20 kg are most likely to be affected and it tends to occur in middle aged and older animals. Until recently the breeds most often diagnosed with gallbladder mucocoele were the Shetland Sheepdog, Cocker Spaniel and Miniature Schnauzer. Now the Border Terrier is also being highlighted as at increased risk.

Dogs with endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus and Cushing’s syndrome are all at increased risk and in one survey those with Cushing’s syndrome were 29 times as likely to develop a mucocoele. Pancreatitis and high cholesterol levels are also predisposing factors.

Symptoms of gallbadder mucocoele

A number of symptoms are commonly reported none of which are exclusive to this condition. The main ones are:

  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • Abdominal pain/discomfort
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Increased thirst/urination
  • Tachypnoea (increased respiratory rate)
  • Tachycardia (increased heart rate)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal distension

Dogs in which the gallbladder is about to rupture, or has ruptured, are more likely to show obvious abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, tachypnoea, tachycardia and abdominal distension.

In some animals symptoms may be mild and intermittent over a course of several months e.g occasional vomiting and loss of appetite, but more typically when symptoms develop the dog becomes very unwell over a matter of days.

Diagnosis

Gallbladder mucocoele may be suspected on the clinical signs but blood tests and diagnostic imaging are needed to confirm the diagnosis. Blood biochemistry is likely to show elevated levels of all liver enzymes and possibly increased bilirubin levels. Pancreatic function may also be affected. Very high liver enzyme levels are usually present where gallbladder rupture is likely or has taken place.

Haematology will often show a high white cell count and again this tends to be highest in those cases where rupture of the gallbladder is imminent or has already taken place.

Definitive diagnosis requires an abdominal ultrasound. The affected gallbladder has a starshaped  appearance often compared to resembling a cut section of a kiwi fruit. If the gallbladder has ruptured this will show on the scan.

Treatment options

In cases where the mucocoele is asymptomatic or signs are mild, medical treatment may be used, generally a combination of liver stimulating drugs and a low fat diet. If successful the mucocoele will resolve within 3-4 months. Repeated ultrasound examinations are needed to confirm this.

If symptoms are severe cholecystotomy (removal of the gallbladder) is likely to be advised. This is a high-risk surgery and mortality rates can be up to 30%. Mortality is highest where gallbladder rupture has already occurred. For those patients who survive the 14 days post surgery the long term prognosis is excellent.

As mortality rates are much higher in very ill patients many surgeons will advise surgery for any dogs diagnosed with the condition. This is not a surgery which the majority of vets will have performed and you may be referred to a specialist centre if your own vet doesn’t feel comfortable about performing the procedure.

Until fairly recently gallbladder disease was rarely diagnosed in dogs, but the much wider availability of ultrasound scanning has shown that it is not uncommon and gallbladder mucocoele is the most frequently encountered condition.

This condition, particularly with regards to an apparent susceptibility in Border Terriers, is the subject of ongoing research by Mark Dunning, Fergus Allerton and Lorenzo Brunero of the Willows Referral Centre and they would be grateful if any owners of Border Terriers which have been diagnosed with gallbladder mucocoele  could fill in a questionnaire. Link is:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/border_terrier_gall_bladder_study

We would also be grateful if owners of affected dogs would fill in one of our health questionnaires and return it to the Breed Health Co-ordinator.

Championship Show Critique – 8th April 2019

EAST ANGLIA BORDER TERRIER CLUB CHAMP SHOW 2019

I would like to express my thanks to the officers, committee and members for the invitation to judge their championship show. I enjoyed it very much.  Special thanks go to my two very able stewards who kept everything running smoothly for me.  I appreciated it.

There was a good selection of quality dogs and bitches for me to pick from.  Coats on the whole were pleasing.  As was size.  Temperament too, apart from one blip.  Some with winter noses, possibly more than I have noticed before.   A few with domed skulls which makes for an untypical head.   I felt that the depth of quality in the bitch classes outweighed the dogs.  Both the puppy bitch classes were a joy.  Some lovely pups having to go cardless.   Its very encouraging and surely bodes well for the breed.

I was very happy with my main winners.  It was a pleasure to award them their honours.

Thank you EABTC.

MPD (5 entries-1 absent)

1 Highams COMBERDOWN SOARING SPIRIT

Promising pup. Lovely head. Dark eye. Liked his reach of neck and good shoulders. Narrow all through. Neat feet, thick pads. Good coat with thick pelt. Moved well for age but very much a baby.

2 Mckays ACHOUFFE  MCKAYS FABLE

Loved his head and expression. He has a strong muzzle and spans well. In good coat with a thick loose pelt. Movement needs to settle.

3 Smalls HOWTHWAITE GENTIL DUKE AT TILMORAY

Rangy b& t . Narrow all through. Not so typical in head as 1 & 2. Longer in muzzle. Moved reasonably well .

PD (11-2)

1 Goldings VALICETARN  BLUE COSMOS BY BEACONPIKE

Excels in head with a short strong muzzle and large teeth. Neat ears. Just right for size and bone.  Straight front. Spans well. Slightly low tail set.  Moved very well  with drive from behind BDP.

2 Larners HAWCOAT SUPER TROOPER

Typy pup  Liked his head, strong muzzle and expression. Very good b & t coat. Neat feet. Carrot tail. Looks bigger than he is and is spannable. Moved well.

3 Medhursts GRIZZLEDALE KING OF WAR. JD (12 -2 )

Rangy pup. Spans well. Narrow all through. Head needs to develop. Longer in muzzle than 1 & 2. Moved reasonably well both ways.

JD (12 -2 )

 

1 Pinkhams BROADSMILL HORATIO NELSON

Excels in head with good dark eye and varminty  expression. Just right for bone. Good lay of shoulder and bend of stifle Small feet, thick pads. Moved with drive from behind.

2 Ramus DALLAS DHU BY ONTHILL

Pleasing head with short muzzle, large teeth. Has a keen dark eye. Excels in coat and pelt. In good condition and moved soundly both ways.

3 Aldis TORRYBURN SCHIEHALLON

PLEASING HEAD. Short, strong muzzle. Liked his topline and tailset. Spans well. Moved reasonably well. Short of coat today.

YD (12-2 )

1 Guvercins GLEBEHEATH JUST A GIGOLO

Typical in head. Short, strong muzzle, neat ears. Narrow all through. Ribbed well back. Spans well. Good topline and tailset. Harsh coat, thick pelt. Moved better in class than in challenge where he lost some of his drive

2 Duxburys RIDGEBOW TWO HOOTS

Another correct size dog. Slightly longer in muzzle to winner.  Narrow. Spans easily.  Ribbed well back. Has a really good harsh jacket with thick loose pelt.   Excellent rear angulation and moved with drive on tight feet.

3 Truss GAMEWAY MACAROON

Pleasing head. Good dark eye. Liked his arch of neck, topline and tailset. Spans well. In good coat. Moved out well with drive from behind.

PGD (3-0 )

A difficult class to judge. Temperament was not as it should be and dogs were placed accordingly.

1 Bradleys BREWBRADS TRICKY TRICKSTER

Racy b & t. Longer in muzzle than I like but had a keen dark eye . Moved steadily. Showed well.

2 Suttons BORDERGOLD RUDOLPH

Typical in head. Workmanlike coat. Neat feet. Moved better behind than in front. Not behaving for handler.

3 Singles BRACKENFELL BORN TO BE ALIVE

Typy border with strong head. Just failed in topline. Another not behaving for handler and movement difficult to assess.

MLD ( 6-0 )

1 Alpes CEDARHILL AUTHORISATION

Full of type. Lots to like. Not overdone. Pleasing head and expression. Good neck and shoulder placement. Narrow all through. Spans well. Kept his topline well on the move which he did effortlessly,

2 Pollits BRACKENFELL ROCK THE BOAT FOR VANDAMERE JW

Close up to 1. Strong head and muzzle. Nice reach of neck into good lay of shoulders. Also moved well. Just preferred topline of 1.

3 Armstrongs LYNSETT LEWIS

B & T with a really good coat with plenty of ticking. Pleasing head with a slightly long muzzle. Spans well. Neat feet, carrot tail. Thought he moved better behind than in front.

LD (6-0)

1 Andersons GLENBUCKET HIGHLAND LAD

Taller dog but so much to like. Pleasing head and expression. Good in neck and lay of shoulder. Spans well Narrow all through. Cracking coat and loose thick pelt. Just right for bone. Moved effortlessly round the ring which helped secure him RDCC

2 Baxters MYSULAN GOING SOLO.

Smaller type. Typical in head. Keen eye. Liked his neck, shoulder placement and rear angulation. He has a carrot tail and small cat like feet. Moved steadily.

3 Atkinsons TOJAMATT RHYTHM N BLUES AT RAEDWULF

Just right for size Pleasing head. Looked deep in chest but was spannable. Showed very well. Moved soundly.

OD  (8-2 )

1 Flemings CEDARHILL GHOST WRITER

Really liked this dog. So typical of the breed, Just right for size. Pleasing head with strong muzzle. Good lay of shoulder. Ribs carried well back. Strong loin. Narrow and spans well. Harsh coat with a thick loose pelt. Moved so well. Presented in lovely condition. A credit to his owner. DCC And BOB.

2 Dowcra’s CH BANDICOOT DOC MARTIN

Taller dog. Broad, flat skull Strong in muzzle. Spans well and is narrow all through. Straight front. Good rear angulation. Excellent coat and pelt. Moved well with drive from behind.

3 Clarks GAMEWAY MCVITIE JW

Neat dog. Not as strong in muzzle as first two in class but has a dark eye with keen expression. Spans easily. Cat like feet. Good topline and tailset. Held his topline well round the ring. Showed very well.

SBD ( 5-1 )

1 Burgess’s GRIZZLEDACE WAR CRY

Unplaced in strong puppy class. 11 months. Ok for size. Pleasing head. Narrow, Movement needs to settle in front. Showed well

2 Bradleys BREWBRADS TRICKY TRICKSTER

3 Kennedys MR EMERALD TEASE MURPHY

Unplaced in junior . Narrow. Decent coat. Dark eye with keen expression. Movement needs to settle.

VD ( 5-2 )

1 Fryers IRTON MORSE CODE JW

8 ½ yo.  Excels in head. Strong muzzle, large teeth. Good bone. Short of coat today. Moved steadily if a little wide in front. BV

2 Massens BRAMBLEGATE RAZZLE DAZZLE

7yo. In good condition. Pleasing head. Dark eye. Harsh jacket. Moved ok.

3 Hollingsbee’s CH OTTERWOOD AMEX JW ShCM

Lovely to see this 14 ½ yo enjoying his day out. No coat and carrying a little extra weight …but that’s allowed.

WORKING DOG

No entries

MPB (11-1 )

Lovely class

1 Bladens STINEVAL MEMPHIS TO EMBLEHOPE

What a little stunner . Oozes type.  Feminine head. Dark eye. Nice reach of neck going into good shoulders. Ribbed well back. Good rear angulation. Cat like feet. Carrot tail. Just needs to settle on the move but only 6 months.

2 Highams COMBERDOWN COLLEEN

Feminine pup with a pleasing head and dark eye. Narrow all through. Just right for bone. Straight front. Moved steadily for age.

3  Sansoms TARKASWELL WALTZIN’MATILDA

 

Another quality pup. So feminine. Lovely dark eye with a keen expression. Narrow throughout. Good topline. In good coat and pelt. Showed well .

PB ( 14-1 )

Another class full of quality

1 Masons VALICETARN VELVET

Litter sister to puppy dog winner.  Full of type with a lovely feminine head, short , strong muzzle . Neat ears and a dark eye. She has a good lay of shoulder and is narrow all through. Excellent coat and pelt. Neat feet, thick pads. Carrot tail completes the picture. Moved confidently BP.

2 Peacocks RAGATAM ESSENCE

Taller stamp of pup. Pleasing head. Nice arch of neck going into good shoulders. Very racy. Ribbed well back. Has a good bend of stifle. Good coat and pelt. Moved  and showed well.

3 Dowcra’s BANDICOOT AVENGER

Very smart. Feminine head. Narrow, Excellent coat and pelt. Neat feet. Moved and showed well.

JB (16-5)

1 Ramus ONTHILL DAYDREAMER

Pleasing feminine head. Straight front. Just right for bone. Neat feet. In good coat with a thick, loose pelt. Good topline held on the move. V nice bitch.

2 Baxters MYSULAN GO EASY

Not much to choose between 1 and 2. Quality b & t with a good coat and pelt. Feminine with a dark eye and keen expression. Excels in shoulder. Spans easily. Moved out nicely.

3 Richardsons KARISON KOPROSMA AT STAYNORWOOD

Fairly small bitch but lots to like. So typical. She has a good head with a strong muzzle. In good coat with a thick, loose pelt Moved and showed nicely.

YB (7-1 )

1 Goldings  BEACONPIKE RIVER SKY

Full of type. Nothing exaggerated. Has an appealing, feminine head with neat ears and a dark eye. In workmanlike jacket. Good topline and tailset held on the move completed a nice picture.

2 Heeleys THISTLEMEAD HARMONY JW

Feminine head. Short muzzle. Not as racy as 1.Held topline on the move. Strode out well.

3 Stamps GOXFELL REIVERS ROSE

Ok in head. Longer in muzzle than first two placings. Pleasing in shoulder and narrow all through. Moved steadily.

PGB (12-4 )

1 Phillips NANTOCH FIELD SKIPPER

Liked her head and expression. Neat bitch. Has a good lay of shoulder and spans easily. In decent jacket. Move ok.

2 Armstrongs CARRICKFARM MACEY

Tidy bitch with a pleasing head. Good in shoulder and narrow all through. Just short of coat. Moved steadily.

3 Drurys EVAJAYS TREASURE

Rangier type with a longer  muzzle. Has a dark eye. Good shoulders and ribbed well back. Decent coat and pelt. Moved ok.

MLB  (7-3 )

1 Miltons  BAILLIESWELLS STRONACHIE

Very feminine with a pleasing head and keen  expression. Narrow all through. Ribs carried well back. Moved well both ways and showed well.

2 Armstrongs CARRICKFARM MARA

Feminine with a keen expression. Not as strong in muzzle as 1. Presented in a lovely coat and condition Held her topline well on the move.

3 Ricks EMBLEHOPE BUTTERBALL AT LEYSH

VHC in yearling. Pleasing feminine head . Narrow. Short of coat. Moved well.

LB ( 8-3 )

1 Duxburys RIDGEBOW PENDLE WITCH

Such a smart b & t. Like her head and expression. Dark eye. Just right for size. Lovely arch of neck leading into good shoulders. Ribbed well back. Strong loin. Neat feet, carrot tail. Good harsh coat with thick pelt. Holds her topline so well on the move. Strode out so well round the ring. BCC. RBOB

2 Guvercins GLEBEHEATH FINGERS ON LIPS

Close decision between first two. Another quality bitch. Beautiful otter head. She has a short, strong muzzle with a keen expression. Straight front. Just right for size. Good topline and tailset. Excellent harsh coat with a thick, loose pelt. Moved well both ways and showed very well RBCC

3 Clarks GAMEWAY LOVE OF THE CHASE

Unlucky to meet 1  2 as this is another quality bitch. Feminine head. Nice lay of shoulders. Straight front.  Narrow all through. Good bend of stifle. She moved well both ways

OB ( 14-7 )

1 Bladens CH EMBLEHOPE DANCE AND DANCE JW

Lovely b & t. pleasing head with short , strong muzzle and a very keen expression. Spans well.  Carrot tail and neat feet.  Has such a good topline and tailset. Moved well both ways.  Showed well and is in lovely condition.

2 Moores CH BARDENFOX PUSSY GALORE JW.

Has a super head and expression. Short muzzle. Large teeth. Lovely arch of neck going into excellent shoulders. Well set on carrot tail. Good bend of stifle. Moved and showed well.

3 Ramus ARGENTAIL TITANIA BY ONTHILL

Very nice type Lovely head and expression. Really first class coat and pelt. Narrow. Not quite the bend of stifle of first two.

SBB ( 11-1 )

1 Ricks EMBLEHOPE BUTTERBALL AT LEYSH.

2 Armstrongs CARRICKFARM MACEY

3 Drury’s EVAJAYS TREASURE

VB  ( 7-3 )

1 Phillips CH NANTCOCH FFION JW  ShCM

8yo.  In very good order.  Feminine and has a pleasing head.  Spans well. In good coat and has a loose thick pelt.  Moved well

2 Yore’s SOUTHASH CHERRY BLISS AT SMURFSKI

9 ¾ yo.  Doesn’t look her age.  Feminine head Dark eye, keen expression.   Liked her size.  Narrow, In good condition.

3 Armstrongs CARRICKFARM MIKA Sh CM

10 ½ yo. Very fit bitch.  In good order.  Narrow and has a good coat and pelt.

Three nice veterans

Nancy Hogg (judge)

2019 – Forthcoming Events

2019

Championship Show  – Sunday April 7th 2019 – AGM starts at 9.45am
Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Cambs CB6 1EW

Open Show – Sunday November 17th 2019
Buckden Village Hall, Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambs PE19 5UY

Open Show Critique – Colin Girling – 25th November 2018

East Anglia Border Terrier Club Open Show 25th November 2018

Venue: Buckden Millennium Centre, Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambs PE19 5UY

Judge: Mr Colin Girling (Benattivo) – Entries: 74 making 102, 5 NFC

Winners

Best In Show: Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW

Reserve Best In Show: Torryburn Cadenza

Best Dog: Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW

Reserve Best Dog: Broadsmill Horatio Nelson

Best Puppy – Dog: Stowthorney Wicker Man

Best Bitch: Torryburn Cadenza

Reserve Best Bitch: Onthill La Rock At Grizzledale

Best Puppy – Bitch: Picer Martha Logen

Best Puppy: Picer Martha Logen

Best Veteran: Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski

Many thanks for the invitation to judge and for the warm welcome and support received on the day, special mention to my lead steward Robert Brewster. I was pleased that I received such large minor puppy entries in both dogs and bitches; it was lovely to see the youngsters and so many new and enthusiastic exhibitors too. The show represented a first outing for some and I hope the day was enjoyable for both four and two legged beginners. Overall the exhibits were well turned out and in good condition with only a few slightly overweight and some dirty or stained teeth; coats were at both ends of the scale. I really did feel the show had a good sporting atmosphere throughout the day and I thank all those who attended for making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Results

Minor Puppy Dog – Entries: 9   Absentees: 2

1st – Southash Blue Jasper (Mr J & Mrs I M Southam)

Seven month old blue and tan with good muzzle, sound straight front, excellent tail set and rear angulation, harsh double jacket, moved out well to take the class.

2nd – Grizzledale King Of War (Mrs M J Medhurst)

Another promising youngster, just needs time for his head to develop, today he moved with drive and purpose.

3rd – Torryburn Schiehallon (Miss J Aldis)

Res – Grizzledale War Cry (Mrs C J Burgess)

VHC – Glen Mara Oh Viedo At Kersfell (Mrs M Sneddon)

Puppy Dog – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Stowthorney Wicker Man (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

This fit and athletic young male was shown in excellent coat and condition, liked his dark eye and neat well placed ears, good well laid back rib and topline finished off with nice tail. Pleased to award best puppy dog and reserve best puppy in show, think we will be hearing good things about this boy next year.

2nd – Torryburn Schiehallon (Miss J Aldis)

Nice puppy with good muzzle, a little short on coat today he couldn’t match the winner in striding out.

3rd – Otterwood Sirius (Mr S Joy)

Junior Dog – Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st – Broadsmill Horatio Nelson (Mrs L Pinkham)

Another promising youngster with a bright future I am sure, a masculine head with pleasing expression, shown in supper coat and condition he used his good rear angulation and drive to impress enough to win class and secure a well-deserved reserve best dog in show.

2nd – Torryburn Allegro (Miss J Aldis)

A lot to like about this slightly smaller but very well constructed grizzle dog, otter like head and expression a very good feature along with coat and pelt, just needed a bit more drive from behind today.

3rd – Onthill Nighthawk (Mr V J & Mrs M Pearce)

Res – Jrasamuyr Campbell Black (Miss C Khatchikian)

Novice Dog – No Entries

Post Graduate Dog – Entries: 3   Absentees: 1

1st – Fisherbloom All Eyez On Me (Miss G Adams)

Although short on coat today I preferred his head and accurate movement, neat well placed ears and strong muzzle.

2nd – Borderpoint Obsidian (Mr R W & Mrs L H Steel)

Liked his coat and condition and made this a tough decision, a bit of pacing on the move let him down today.

Limit Dog – Entries: 5   Absentees: 1

1st – Chatmoss Bullet Tooth Tony JW (Miss J Hughes & Mr M J L Kendrick)

My Best in Show was in great coat and condition today. I loved his head and reach of neck; he kept his topline at all times and used his strong hind quarters to really impress in the challenge where he won me over.

2nd – Mysulan Going Solo JW (Mrs S J Baxter)

Another super blue and tan border shown well and in good condition, loved his dark eye and head, he is narrow and drove out well, just preferred reach of stride in my winner.

3rd – Glebeheath Smash N’grab At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Res – Jrasamuyr Campbell Black (Miss C Khatchikian)

Open Dog – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Breckgreen Soldier Blue (Mrs. J. Green)

This man was shown in the best of coat and condition, he is fit and athletic and his narrow construction could not be faulted. His strong but not overloaded shoulder and good rear angulation allowed him to move freely with purpose both ways. His head is strong and workman like.

2nd – Tarkaswell Smart Move To Otterwood (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Smart dog with a good head; ear and eye more to my preference but coat going over today. He is slightly wider in front than my winner but none the less on another day my placings may have been reversed if in equal condition.

3rd – Jrasamuyr Codex (Miss C Khatchikian)

Special Beginners Dog – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – Mr Emerald Tease Murphy (Mrs A Kennedy)

This eight month old puppy stood alone but has super coat and happy active character; his head should mature with time.

Veteran Dog – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – CH Otterwood Amex JW ShCM (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

This 14 year oldest veteran in show was clearly still enjoying his day out and it was clear to see why his handsome head would qualify him for his well-deserved Champion status. Like myself a larger waistline comes with age but a pleasure to see and go over him today.

Special Working Dog or Bitch – Entries: 2   Absentees: 1

1st – CIB CH FR/IT/CRO/SLO Stonechester Question Von Jrasamuyr MFH (Miss C Khatchikian)

Short strong muzzle on this nicely headed grizzle dog, good coat with thinner than expected pelt, liked his shoulder and rear angulation was ok, nice tail but not well placed. Sorry to hear the sad news about the absent bitch entered in this class.

Minor Puppy Bitch – Entries: 11   Absentees: 1

1st – Picer Martha Logen (Mr G & Mrs S Pickering)

Grabbed my attention from the second she entered the ring and her coat was matched by a super thick loose pelt. Her well-proportioned muzzle, excellent dentition, dark eye and neat well placed V shaped ears made for a very pleasing puppy bitch head. Feeling through her deep coat she was in great condition, she moved accurately and very well for one so young. Liked everything about her and she went on to take Best Puppy in Show.

2nd – Awbrooksky Margot Robbie (Mr R & Miss L Goddard)

Liked this young lady a lot too, she also had a good feminine head, a close decision and it will be interesting to watch these two develop and compete next year.

3rd – Ragatam Essence (Miss T Peacock)

Res – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

VHC – Smurfski Seismic Bliss (Mr J Yore)

Puppy Bitch – Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

The beautiful quality puppies also showed up in this class making my job difficult but fun.

1st – Otterwood Diodem (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

Good feminine head and expression with well placed ears, good reach of neck with ribs carried well back to give her the length of body and strength of loin to edge the class. Her rear angulation and drive also helped.

2nd – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

Very similar comments to winner, she has a beautiful head too, just preferred length of body on winner but I really am ‘splitting hairs’ between these two lovely exhibits.

3rd – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

Res – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

VHC – Threaplands Primrose (Ms K Warner)

Junior Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 0

1st – Broadsmill Ha’penny for Holteal (Mrs G Vaughan)

Another one that caught my eye when she entered the ring with her exceptionally good coat and obvious quality. I was not disappointed on the table, where all the right boxes were ticked for shoulder, pelt and overall condition. I wish I had a time machine and could have been judging this girl in a few months’ time as she was fresh out of puppy into junior, making her an ‘in-between conundrum’ for me today. The only thing that held me back from awarding better things was her maturity, I expect her to settle into a very bright future.

2nd – Mysulan Go Easy (Mrs S J Baxter)

Another lovely youngster with many appealing features including super head a great front and harsh double jacket all contained within a great sized package.

3rd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Res – Goxfell Reivers Rose (Mrs J Stamp & Mr D Joyce)

VHC – Twigglestone Somethin Else For Lessien (Miss S J Pateman)

Novice Bitch – Entries: 6   Absentees: 0

1st – Otterwood Diodem (Mr M J & Mrs J M Hollingsbee)

See puppy class for critique

2nd – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

See puppy class for critique

3rd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Res – Borderella Sunflower Seed (Mrs P South)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Post Graduate Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 2

This was a strong class with tough choices for me all the way down to VHC.

1st – Onthill La Rock At Grizzledale (Mrs M Medhurst)

Loved her size and breed type, feminine head with soft expression, good top line and length of rib with strong loin finished off with super well set tail. Moved with purpose and went on to take reserve best bitch.

2nd – Hartswelin She’s The One (Miss L J Coleman)

Another super bitch also of correct size and much to like, just pipped to second place because of slight loss of topline on the move.

3rd – Stowthorney Clairvoyant (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Res – Ragatam Chit Chat (Miss T Peacock)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Limit Bitch – Entries: 7   Absentees: 1

1st – Torryburn Cadenza (Miss J Aldis)

This was my best bitch, where the breed type and size were just to my taste. Broad otter like skull with well-placed neat V shaped ears and dark eye. Good shoulder and harsh double jacket over super thick loose pelt, moved out well coming and going to impress both in this class and the lineup.

2nd – Hattie Hopefull For Bardenfox (Ms C Broomhead)

A lively girl with coat just coming in, good head with nice reach of neck, loved her cat like feet and thick pads, just lacked a bit of drive today.

3rd – Tilmoray Turtle Dove (Mrs M Small)

Res – Borderella Sweet Pea (Mrs P South)

VHC – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Open Bitch – Entries: 5   Absentees: 2

1st – Byrewick Valentine (Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green)

Many virtues in this super blue and tan bitch with strong yet feminine head, loved her bodylines and flowing topline held on the move, top quality coat and pelt. Just wanted her to drive out a bit more from behind.

2nd – Jrasamuyr Violette Szabo (Miss C Khatchikian)

Best of this kennels dog’s today nice head, good coat and topline.

3rd – Bramblebee Rose Wall (Mrs A J Wall)

Special Beginners Bitch Entries: 6   Absentees: 1

1st – Ravenside Marsha At Jordith (Mrs L.M.I & Mr A.M. Jordan-Smith)

See Puppy class results for critique

2nd – Emblehope Butterball At Leysh (Mrs C Ricks)

Lovely type with one of the best bitch heads today, narrow through with good rear angulation and drive, unfortunately no coat on which to award higher placings – hope to see her looking at her best in the future.

3rd – Twigglestone Somethin Else For Lessien (Miss S J Pateman)

Res – Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)

VHC – Threaplands Primrose (Ms K Warner)

Veteran Bitch – Entries: 4   Absentees: 1

1st – Southash Cherry Bliss at Smurfski (Mr J C B Yore)

Lovely size, special lady with super coat looking in great condition from her neat V shaped ears down to her well set carrot like tail.

2nd – Tilmoray Turtle Dove (Mrs M Small)

Larger but well-proportioned lady with stronger head than winner, still performing well and moving nicely.

3rd – Badgerbeck Tree Pipit At Tilmoray JW ShCM (Mrs M Small)

 

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BORDER TERRIER BREED HEALTH GROUP – 20th May 2018

NOTES ON MEETING AT PARK HOTEL, YORK

ON SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018 AT 10.30 A.M.

 

Present:     Professor Steve Dean (SD) – in the Chair

                      Dr Andrew Harbottle (AH)

Dr Eddie Houston (EH)

Professor Jeff Sampson (JS)

 

In Attendance:

                        Ronnie Irving (RI)

 

PROGRESS ON SLEM AND FURTHER ACTIONS

It was agreed that the introduction of the DNA Test had been very successful and the take up by breeders was encouraging with over 722 dogs tested up to 28th March. It was noted that of these 620 (85.9%) were clear, 100 (13.9%) were carriers and 2 (0.2%) were affected. 1129 had been recorded as hereditarily clear.

It was confirmed that the breed clubs had all agreed that a request should be made to the KC for the official SLEM Test to become a recommendation for ABS members. This would be considered by the KC Health Group in early June and it was expected that the proposal would be accepted.

The issue of whether it should be recommended that SLEM tests should be carried out only by veterinary surgeons had been raised. The matter was discussed by the Group and it was agreed that this was not at all necessary.

It was agreed that one of the lessons to be learned from the whole issue of the way that SLEM had been dealt with, was that there was a need for emerging conditions to be handled differently in future. For emerging conditions where there appeared to be a material incidence, the creating of ‘open registers’ was discussed. While public recording of conditions might reduce the overall number of cases reported, it was felt that the advantage was that information being publicly available would be of benefit to breeders generally and would encourage open discussion. This, it was felt, would lead to prompter actions to establish the facts about a condition and speed up the possibility of finding solutions.

The Group agreed to employ this approach on some current emerging conditions. It would involve publication, on the BHG Website, of confirmed cases of such dogs, giving the KC registered name of the dog itself, and the names of its parents. It was also agreed that before introducing such a procedure, a protocol would be needed describing the type of diagnosis required as confirmation of the condition. Thereafter owners would be invited to declare dogs with the condition to the Breed Health Coordinator giving satisfactory details of the diagnosis.  After that the dog’s name would be added to the register.

It was agreed that, for the moment at least, there was enough advice on SLEM available on the BHG Website but it was felt that periodic reports should be made of the number of dogs tested, split between clears, carriers and affecteds. Similar information should be obtained from the USA and separate information should be produced for those overseas dogs recorded on the BHG Website.

CECS

The Group reviewed the notes previously produced after the CECS/PGSD Briefing Meeting held at the Animal Health Trust in February.

It was agreed that we should approach Mark Lowrie to ask what progress had been made in:

  • obtaining the relevant RCVS ethical approvals,
  • listing of precise requirements for dogs to be used for samples
  • recruiting sample dogs.

The Breed Health Group was expecting to be asked to help recruit suitable sample dogs.

It was agreed that if the sensitivity and specificity of the proposed test for Gluten Sensitivity could be finally approved, then it could be usefully used as both a diagnostic tool by veterinary surgeons and as a way of identifying cases.

Full support was given to the genetic research work to be done, but caution was expressed on how likely it was that the work would result in straightforward advice being available to breeders as a result. It was felt that the expectations of supporters of the breed should be moderated accordingly.

To illustrate the point, mention was made of the fact that in coeliac disease in humans, the genetic marker for the condition was present in around 45% of the general population while the incidence of the condition itself was very small in comparison. This meant that the genetic marker was not a good predictive tool for the clinical condition.

It was agreed that a final decision on the funding for phase two of the project should be delayed until the results of the recruitment phase had been established.

Disappointment was expressed on the fact that, so far, only three people had completed the CECS questionnaire on the Breed Health Group Website. This led the Group to ask whether this poor response was indicative of the Questionnaire not having a high enough profile, or of there being fewer cases of the condition than had originally been thought? It was agreed that the breed clubs should be asked to give as much publicity as possible to the Questionnaire and to encourage people to complete it where ever possible.

[Afternote: Subsequent investigation seems to indicate that information on cases of the condition is going directly to AHT and Mark Lowrie and so it may be sensible for the BHG to ask for numerical information from these two sources to get a more accurate picture and to ask them to encourage the owners of cases also to complete the BHG Questionnaire so that overall incidence of the condition can be properly evaluated.]

It was felt that sufficient advice on CECS was currently available on the BHC Website but that this aspect should be kept constantly under review.

REVIEW OF CALL FOR INFORMATION ON OTHER SPECIFIC EMERGING BREED ASSOCIATED CONDITIONS

 The Group had called for people whose dogs had the following possible emerging conditions to come forward with further information.

Gall Bladder Mucocoele:

Eight emails had been received reporting the condition in the breed, and the Nottingham Veterinary School was about to embark upon some research work on the issue. It was agreed that this work should be supported.

It was also agreed that the condition should be subject to an Open Register on the BHG Website but that first Steve Dean should write up a protocol for the diagnosis required before dogs’ names can be added to the Register.

Early Onset Cataract:

Three emails had been received giving details of nine dogs largely from international sources in the USA and Scandinavia.

It was agreed that Steve Dean should contact the Chairman of the UK BVA Eye Panel to ask if he/she could ask colleagues overseas, for any further information they might have of the condition in Border Terriers, and then decide what further action should be taken.

Cushings Disease:

Fourteen reports had been received all from dogs aged ten years plus. It seemed from this and from information on a Facebook Page on the condition in the breed, that it was a matter that required further action.

It was agreed that VetCompass should be asked to see if it could ascertain if the condition was more common in Border Terriers than in other breeds. If significantly greater, it was agreed that further breed specific involvement may be necessary.  If not, it was felt that the breed should work within the aegis of other non-breed specific research being carried out on the condition.

Irrespective of relative breed prevalence, it was agreed that the condition should be the subject of an Open Register on the BHG Website and that Eddie Houston should write up a protocol for the diagnosis required before dogs’ names can be added to the Register.

Other Conditions 

Brain Tumours: six reports (nine dogs). Eight aged over ten years and one around six or seven years

Distichiasis: Only one request about possible increased incidence.

Perthes Disease: One report.

It was agreed not to take any further immediate action on these conditions at this stage, but to keep a watching brief to see if further cases emerge.

BREED CONSERVATION PLAN  

The meeting with the Kennel Club Health Group to be held in June was discussed and the data provided in advance by the KC was examined and some errors pointed out.  These would be corrected at the meeting.

It was agreed that, going into the meeting, the priorities from the point of view of the breed should be as follows:

  • SLEM: To follow up and monitor test statistics and results
  • CECS: To support the research work being carried out by Mark Lowrie and AHT and to help with recruitment of sample cases.
  • OPEN REGISTERS: To initiate a system of open registers on the BHG Website starting with Gall Bladder Mucocoele and Cushings Disease and to give publicity to the scheme.
  • OPTIMUM CONTRIBUTION OF SIRES: To investigate with the Kennel Club the possibility of introducing, for Border Terriers, a system to calculate the influence of stud dogs on the genetic population of the breed and to show when sires are approaching a maximum advisable contribution level. The possibility of publication of the results on the KC Mateselect Facility with a red/amber/green indicator given, would be suggested.

BREED HEALTH SURVEY

Disappointment was expressed at the relatively low take up of the BHG Survey Form, which is now available both in hard copy form and on the BHG Website.

The possibility of periodically awarding a lottery prize for those who complete the survey was considered and Steve Dean and Ronnie Irving were asked to investigate this further.

In addition, it was agreed to ask the breed clubs to give more publicity to the survey in their newsletters and year books, on their websites and on their Facebook pages.

 

 

AFTERNOON MEETING WITH BREED CLUB REPRESENTATIVES

 

The meeting was Chaired by RI. It was attended by those listed as present above and:

Anne Heathcote – Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire BTC

Mike Hollingsbee – East Anglia BTC

Chris Wallace – Midland BTC

 

Eddie Houston represented the Border Terrier Club

 

Apologies had been received from:

Anne Gregory – Scottish BTC

Christine Horner – Northern BTC

Tony Wrenn – Southern BTC

 

All of the issues covered at the meeting earlier in the day as above were discussed and reviewed and there was broad support for the conclusions reached and recommendations made.

The following additional issues were discussed.

Reaching the Maximum Audience

It was felt that though the BHG Websitre was being used by club members, it was not well enough known to those who were not members of the various clubs for the breed.

It was agreed that clubs with Facebook pages shouold be asked to publicise the existence of the BHG Website as frequently as possible and to publish the various new postings made to it as and when they become available.

Breed Club representatives were asked to get their Clubs to give particular cloverage to encourage people to complete:

  • The Health Survey and
  • The CECS questionnaire.

CECS

It was agreed that Chris Wallace would endeavour to find out what other information was available on the incidence of CECS. (See afternote under CECS above.)

VETCOMPASS

Steve Dean explained the workings of VetCompass. In summary it is a ‘Big Data’ project drawing clinical reports from around 500 General Veterinary Practices across the UK. This produces a very large amount of information which can be interrogated to establish the prevalence of various illnesses and conditions across the dog population in the UK. The very large amount of data significantly reduces regional and selectional bias in the results. However, the system it not very good at identifying specific diseases and emerging conditions unless they have very good diagnostic information to rely upon. Some examples of the information arising from VetCompass can be found on the KC website in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology Journal (The Journal can be easily found under the tab for Vets and Researchers and scroll to the bottom of the list – look for papers with Dan O’Neill as the lead author). There is a specific report in this Journal on Border Terriers.

BUYING A BORDER TERRIER

It was suggested that although there was a good deal of specific advice available on health conditions, it might be advantageous for the Health Group to produce a note on ‘Buying a Border Terrier Puppy – The Questions to Consider’.