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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)



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.


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.


 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.


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.


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.





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.


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.)


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.


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’.

Championship Show Critique – 8th April 2018 – Judge David Hunt


SUNDAY  8th APRIL 2018



With apologies for the delay in submitting this critique.

My sincere thanks to the officers and committee of East Anglia Border Terrier Club for offering me this appointment.

Huge thanks to my sole steward Rob Brewster who efficiently organised the ring and exhibits all day despite being in poor health and needing constant medication throughout the day. Most of all my appreciation to the exhibitors for giving me the opportunity to assess your dogs.

With the ever rising cost of suitable venues, it was necessary to move this show from the much appreciated previous Burgess Hall at St Ives to a new Leisure Centre at Littleport. On the day the huge venue was shared with a large number of indoor bowls enthusiasts which meant there was a longish walk from the large car park to our hall. The hall itself was large enough but dog cages all around the hall gave rise to lots of noise and distraction from barking dogs which was very evident when listening to my dictaphone. At lunchtime, with lots of people all trying to use the cafe/restaurant at the same time, this  caused long queues and even longer waiting times for food and drinks to arrive, which in turn meant the lunch break overran.

I had the honour of judging the first border terrier club show to schedule Champion dog and bitch classes.

Prior to the show I was undecided about such classes but having here seen the smallish entries for both Open and Champions on reflection I see little point or need for them.

As always coats were at various stages but the exhibits were with a few exceptions in good condition. All males were entire. Bites were better than at previous appointments and I only found a few with misplaced teeth, however the size of teeth varies considerably. Although not a fault, I noticed a few liver noses. Several exhibits could benefit from attention to feet to produce the small feet as required. Movement in general was better at the rear than in front with

too many swinging fronts, moving wide or toeing in.


MINOR  PUPPY  DOG (5 Entries)

1st  DASSETT  LAST  WALTZ – Mrs S Spafford  – Grizzle & tan, just 6 months and developing nicely, Good head shape with strong muzzle and a good bite. Liked his length of neck leading to good shoulders, carrying a straight front  with ribs carried well back. Moved the best in this class holding his topline well. A close decision but just edged BEST  PUPPY  DOG

2nd  ROCKSAM  AT  RAISBAECK – Mrs G Hyslop – G/tan 7 months. Lovely head with dark eye and excellent bite. Neat feet and in excellent coat with a decent pelt. Another with a good topline and tailset. He moved OK but not quite the rear angulation of the winner.

3rd  OTTERBOBS MARQUIS – Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin – G/tan 8 months of good size. In full double coat. Nice dark eye but would prefer a little more underjaw. He has good angulation both front and rear and is in good condition.


PUPPY  DOG  (10 Entries)

1st  DANDYHOW  CAPTAIN  MORGAN – Mrs K M IRVING – G/tan 11 months. He is of a correct size, well balanced and narrow throughout. He has a typical head with well placed ears, good shoulder construction and neat feet. Moved out well both ways.

2nd  BRACKENFELL  ROCK  THE  BOAT  FOR  VANDAMERE – Mr S P Pollit – G/tan 11 months. Slightly larger type but spannable, scores in head with dark expressive eyes and strong muzzle with a bite of large teeth. Good front and sufficient bone. What coat there was is harsh. Would prefer a more level topline.

3rd  FISHERBLOOM  KISS  MY  CLASS  – Miss G Adams – Dark G/tan almost a year old. Another with a typical head, narrow front and good shaped ribs. Moved OK, better angled front than rear. Tail well set if a little long.


JUNIOR  DOG  (4 Entries)

1st  BRACKENFELL  ROCK  THE  BOAT  FOR  VANDAMERE – Mr S P Pollit – See 2nd Puppy Dog

2nd FISHERBLOOM  ALL  EYEZ  ON  ME –  Miss G Adams – G/tan 13 months in full double coat that was harsh and covers a good undercoat. Nice flat skull on a head of good proportions with neat ears. Good topline and tail placement. Movement a little loose at the front.

3rd  JRASAMUYR  CAMPBELL  BLACK – Miss C Khatchikian – 9 month B/tan A finer type all through. Rather plain in head but with a good bite. Decent front construction, harsh coat and spannable, Tailset OK and moves steadily.


YEARLING   DOG  (6 Entries) – A strong class

1st  CH BAILLIESWELLS GLENGYLE AT GLEBEHEATH JW – Mrs J Guvercin – An eyecatching dog who demanded attention from the moment he entered the ring. Of ideal size and weight he spans easily and looks good from all angles. Head is typical with good shaped dark eyes that give a real varminty expression. He is just right for bone with a narrow straight front ending in neat tight feet. Excellent lay of shoulder and rib shape through to sound hind quarters. This excellent balanced construction allows him to stride out round the ring moving easily and looking good in profile.. Has a good tailset and harsh double coat with sufficient pelt. Pleased to award him the DOG CC & BEST IN SHOW

2nd  OAKYARD  OUT N’ ABOUT AT DASSETT  – Mrs S Spafford – Another from the top drawer this red grizzle was unlucky to meet the winner on top form. He is of correct size with a nice flat skull has a strong muzzle and large teeth. Looks good in outline and well constructed both ends. With a harsh coat and pelt, his condition is excellent, which he uses to move truely both coming and going.

3rd  TOJAMATT  RHYTHM  N’ BLUES AT RAEDWULF  – Mr M & Mrs V I Atkinson – A useful sized red grizzle with attractive head and good bite. He is narrow in front and spannable with a well placed tail. He moved steadily but rather down on his pasterns. Coat coming through.


POST  GRADUATE  DOG (9 Entries )

1st  CEDARHILL AUTHORISATION – Mrs J Alpe – A good type, has a typical head with strong muzzle and carrying a full double coat today. Decent front and good bend of stifle at the rear end with well let down hocks. Hit topline is good and leads to a well places thick tail. In muscular condition he moved steadily.

2nd  TARKASWELL SMART MOVE TO OTTERWOOD – Mr & Mrs M Hollingsbee – Another of good type with a flat skull and little stop. Of a finer type than the winner he has a good length of neck, a loin that is firm and a good tail. In harsh coat he moves well at the rear but still a little loose at the front.

3rd  GLEBEHEATH SMASH N’GRAB AT JORDITH – Mrs L M & Mr A M Jordan-Smith – Not as on the leg as some he has a head of good shape , dark eye and correct bite. Pleasing rib shape with a coat of good texture and thick tail. He moved well at both ends but another down on his pasterns.


MID  LIMIT  DOG (3 Entries, 1 Absent)

1st  CHATMOSS BLUE TOOTH TONY JW –  Miss J Hughes – An appealing type, not overdone in any way. A quality head with good expression. OK for bone he spans well and has neat feet, but front legs need tidying. Has a  good double coat and moves easily at both ends. Particularly impresses with his rear angulation and firm condition.

2nd BRECKGREEN SOLDIER BLUE – Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – This blue and tan is difficult to fault but just not the head quality of the winner being a fraction long in muzzle but with huge teeth. He carries a harsh coat and has good shoulder placement, with good length of ribs. Moves well both ends and is in super fit condition. His tail is a little long.


LIMIT  DOG (6 Entries)

1st  CEDARHILL GHOST WRITER – Mrs M Fleming – A dog I have appreciated from the ringside and does not disappoint on handling. I like his overall balance, type and outline. Good head with pleasing eye shape and expression. He is spannable, has good shoulders, well laid back, with a well angulated rear. With double coat and well set tail he moves with drive from behind.

2nd  STOWTHORNEY MR TICKLE – Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – On the leg he has a strong muzzle with scissor bite of large teeth. Nicely boned front that is straight ending in neat feet with thick pads. Good in shoulder and rib, he moves OK , but stands just a fraction straight at the rear end.

3rd  LOCKHAUGH LINX TO GRINDELVALD –  Mrs M Bailey – Shown in his undercoat today you could appreciate his good construction and fit muscular condition. He has a lovely flat skull, dark eye and good ear placement. Nice length of neck and good angles front and rear. Moved steadily.


OPEN  DOG (5 Entries , 1 Absent)

1st  CH. BANDICOOT  DOC  MARTIN –  Ms V Docwra – A lovely exhibit who I awarded well at my previous appointment. On the leg he is rangy but so well put together in all corners. With a super head and straight narrow front  he stands and handles well. Spannable he had a harsh double coat and loose pelt today. Moved with confidence covering the ground well. Very close up to the winners.

2nd  WADESLEIA MR HERRIOT – Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher – Another old favourite of mine. He has the strongest of heads with excellent bite of large teeth and super expression.  In good coat today he moved well on neat tight feet. Good length of neck and perfect tail set. With good angles front and rear, he was in firm condition with good muscle definition and moved soundly.

3rd GAMEWAY McVITIE –  Mrs P Clark – Of good type this dark g/tan is well put together in all areas. His head is not overdone and carries a good bite, ears a fraction large. With a dense coat and thick pelt he moved well on neat feet holding his level topline on the move. In good condition he just seemed a little disinterested today.


CHAMPION  DOG (3 Entries)  

1st  CH TYTHROP TIMEPIECE – Mrs J Lee – Of ideal size he is not exaggerated in any area. With a typical head of good proportions and good fill under the eye he has good expression and well placed ears. Good length of neck with straight, narrow front and tight feet. Well placed shoulder and good rear angulation. Looking good in topline and underline he moves easily around the ring using his muscular hindquarters. In harsh, tight coat and decent pelt.  RESERVE DOG CC & RESERVE BEST IN SHOW

 2nd  IR/INT CH PLOUGHDOWN PLATO  – Mr E & Dr M Armstrong –  A size larger than the winner this exhibit looks good in profile and was presented in tip top condition, not a hair out of place. Good head with strong underjaw and excellent bite. His good length of neck flows into lovely body lines with good length of rib and tail straight off the back end. Harshest of coats, he moves on neat feet with drive from behind but not quite as true in front.

3rd  INT CH/FR/IT/CRO/SLO CH STONECHESTER QUESTION VON JRASAMUYR MFH –  Ms C Khatchikian – A much heavier type who is difficult to span, but has a decent head and good bite. Carrying a coat that was very full he was difficult to judge and left the ring early.



1st  FISHERBLOOM ALL EYEZ ON ME – Miss G Adams – see 2nd Junior Dog

2nd  FISHERBLOOM  KISS  MY  CLASS  – Miss G Adams –  see 3rd Puppy dog

3rd  TWIGGLESTONE STEPS TO HEAVEN – Mrs L Aldous – Reserve in Puppy dog. 8 month g/tan of decent type with a typical head, dark eye and correct bite. A little heavy in ear he has a harsh double coat and was in fit condition. With enough bone and good rib shape he moved steadily.


VETERAN DOG  (6 Entries, 2 Absent)

1st  BEACONPIKE  RED  SATURN – Mr S & Mrs K Golding –  At nearly 8 this dog is nicely made and of ideal size being narrow throughout. Good in head with a short strong muzzle, dark eye and keen expression. Carrying a good coat and with well laid shoulders he looked good in outline and moved with purpose.

2nd  ONTHILL SUPER TROOPER – Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – A 9 year old close up to the winner who is defying his age. A typical head of good proportions but with ears big enough. Just right for bone with strong muscular neck into pleasing shoulder and good topline. Carrying a well tapered carrot tail and thick pelt he moved OK.

3rd  STBEDEHOUNDS FRANK IN SENSE OF RALINERO – Mr M J & Mrs D A Lorraine – A 10 year old b/tan of decent size who still has a correct bite. With a harsh coat, neat feet and well set tail he is better angulated at the front than the rear but moves OK.



2 very similar 4 year old g/tans from the same kennel both being top size and looking rather heavy but with thick double coats and pelts.

1st  INT CH/FR/IT/CRO/SLO CH STONECHESTER QUESTION VON JRASAMUYR MFH –  Ms C Khatchikian -see  3rd  Champion Dog – Preferred the better head shape and front of the winner, his body is deep enough but with well angulated hindquarters. Moving rather wide at the front.

2nd  INT CH/FR/IT/CRO/RSM/SLO CH STONECHESTER APOSTRAPHE VON JRASAMUYR MFHMs C Khatchikian – Similar comments to the above but not as good in topline or tailset.



1st  GLEBEHEATH FINGERS ON LIPS – Mrs J  Guvercin  – 8 month old light g/tan who is of correct size for age with a head of good proportions, strong jaw and little stop. Her well placed dark eyes give good expression. Beautiful narrow front and stands well on neat feet. Her neck flows into well laid shoulders and on to a level topline. With good rib shape and nicely made hindquarters she is carrying a tight double coat at its best to give an overall balanced picture. Handled so well she moves easily and true both ways. Pleased to award her  BEST  PUPPY  BITCH & BEST PUPPY IN SHOW

2nd  OTTERBOBS DUCHESS – Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin – Another 8 month g/tan quality puppy of good size. Her head is typical with a strong bite of sizeable teeth. Decent neck and shoulders lead to a body of good length and correct rib. She scores highly in hindquarters being muscular with good angulation and bens of stifle, using this to move with purpose from behind but front should tighten a little with maturity. Excellent coat and pelt.

3rd  ESYNTONA CODEWORD VANDAMERE – Mr M & Mrs V L Atkinson – At 7 months this b/tan bitch is a size larger than 1 & 2 and does not have their level topline. She looks very good at the front with a dark eye and a decent head, good neck and feet. Body is OK but rather lacking in angulation at the rear with a longish thin tail


PUPPY  BITCH  (8 Entries, 1 Absent )

1st  ONTHILL LA ROCK AT GRIZZLEDALE – Mrs M J Medhurst – Almost a year this g/tan is of a useful handy size. The more you looked the better she became. Very feminine head and well placed small ears. Good front construction and shoulder placement with sufficient bone. Nicely shaped ribs and firm hindquarters with a tail well set and of good length. In harsh double coat and thick pelt she strode out well and true at both ends.

2nd  BADGERBECK TINY DANCER AT BLUEBABEL – Mr K P & Mrs N S Yeates – Lots to like about this 11 month b/tan who has a typical head and good bite. Sufficient length of neck with a well placed shoulder and straight front carrying the neatest of feet. Perhaps a little longer in body than some but she held her topline and well set tail on the move when covering the ground well. Harsh coat coming through.

3rd  THISTLEMEAD HARMONY  – Mrs P M Heeley – 11 month g/tan with a strong head and muzzle, dark eye and a good scissor bite. Correct in shoulder and well off for bone, her ribs could be carried a little further back. She was in fit muscular condition with excellent rear angulation which she used to drive round the ring. In full double coat and decent pelt.


JUNIOR  BITCH  (9 Entries, 2 Absent )

1st  GAMEWAY  LOVE OF THE CHASE  – Mrs P Clark – Stood out in this class. 18 month g/tan and a quality bitch with head of good proportions, with flat skull, strong muzzle and lovely bite. Well off for bone her straight front leads to compact tidy feet. With a well laid shoulder, good topline and underline she strides out well both coming and going using her nicely angulated rear end, In good coat with a very thick pelt she carries her tail well.

2nd  MARSIRDAN  JEMIMA  PUDDLE  –  Mr M Service –  Another well made bitch who is up to size but who appeals for type and just spans.She has a pleasing head of good shape and good length of neck. Excellent topline and thick carrot tail well set on. Used her strong rear end to drive out to drive out well all around the ring. In decent coat I preferred the front construction of the winner.

3rd  ONTHILL CRYSTAL ROCK  – Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – Just a year and on the leg she is spannable and well put together but big enough. With a quality head and good bite she has a good neck, narrow front and body, with small feet. Lovely shaped ribs, level topline and tight coat she moves out well but is not as well developed in hindquarters.


YEARLING   BITCH  (10 Entries, 2 Absent )

1st  OAKYARD  ON  SONG – Mr J Parry – An appealing bitch of top quality, she is of easy spannable size and is well made throughout. Carries a typical head with nice flat skull and little stop plus a good bite. Her lovely neck flows easily into an excellent shoulder. Neat narrow front and and a body that carries ribs well back. She is long enough and has well developed hindquarters used to flow with confidence around the ring. In tight double coat.

2nd  BOWENCLOUD  THE  BEE  CHARMER  – Mrs S J Ruth – A close decision between 1 & 2 with lots to like about this nicely balanced bitch who was good in head with strong muzzle, a dark eye and carrying a keen expression. With good angulation front and rear her ribs are carried well back. In firm condition with good muscle tone she appeals in topline and underline when moving positively around the ring. Rather down on her front pasterns.

3rd  WADESLEIA  DEAR  PRUDENCE  – Mrs H A & Mr A Fletcher – Of good size with a decent head showing little stop and a good bite. Standing a little wide in front she has a good reach of neck with muscular front end and well laid shoulder. In decent double coat she has a level topline and good rear quarters and a well set short thick tail.

She moved better at the rear than the front.


POST  GRADUATE  BITCH (10 Entries, 2 Absent )

1st  CEDARHILL SHOOTING STAR – Mrs J Alpe – Of a size smaller than most but everything all in proportion and well put together. With a feminine head of good shape and well placed ears she has a good bite. Well angulated at both ends she has a narrow straight front, tight feet and good bodylines With a thick double coat and pelt she is in firm condition and spans with ease. Moves out well from both ends.

2nd  FISHERBLOOM  DIABOLI  AT  OTTERWOOD  JW – Mr & Mrs M Hollingsbee – Of top size this bitch has a head of good type and strong underjaw. With a straight front and good neck she is well off for bone and her deep body has ribs of good shape carried well back With a double coat that carries good ticking and a correctly placed tail she moves well from nicely angled rear quarters.

3rd  BANDICOOT  MAID  OF  TARTH – Miss R C Lane – Impressed with the head of this exhibit which has abroad flat skull and strong muzzle. Decent in neck and well angled both ends. Spannable and with a coat coming through she carries her short thick tail well. With low set hocks she moved OK but another rather down on her pasterns.


MID  LIMIT  BITCH (9 Entries, 2 Absent)

1st  PUZZLERS HOPE FULL HATTIE AT BROADSMILL  –  Mrs L Pinkham – I was surprised by the way the movement on this bitch has improved since I last judged her. Her head is broad with well set dark eyes set wide apart.  She has sufficient bone with a good straight front and neat feet. In good condition with good lay of shoulder and well ribbed back. Her back end is strong and has a tail set spot on. In harsh double coat with thick pliable pelt she strode out well both ways.

2nd  BYREWICK VALENTINE – Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – A close decision. A b/tan with lots of ticking who is in tip top condition. She is a well balanced bitch with a pleasing head and good bite. Good length of neck leads to a body with well shaped ribs and strong loin. Good in hindquarters with hocks let well down she keeps her shape well on the move. Has a harsh, dense coat and thick skin.

3rd  FOXPAW  REVELATION  JW – Mr P & Mrs H Fulker – A smaller type of a handy size. Good in head with a correct bite and little stop. She looks good in profile with a well placed short tail and is nicely constructed both ends.  She lacked coat on the day and although driving out well from the rear was a little loose in front movement.


LIMIT  BITCH (4 Entries)

1st  BANDICOOT  DRAGON  GLASS  – Ms V Docwra –  What a cracking bitch this is. Not a small girl but she spans deceptively well and looks good in outline when standing and moving. With a strong head of correct proportions, strong jaw and lovely bite, her ears are well placed. Clean neck leads to an excellently constructed shoulder with a straight narrow front and tidy feet. She has a narrow body with lovely shaped ribs, strong loin and well angled rear in firm condition. Her double coat revealed plenty of undercoat with a thick skin. She strode out well in  every direction and I liked enough to award her BITCH  CC & BEST OPPOSITE SEX

2nd  SULAN  STRICTLY  BLUES  DANCIN’  –  Mrs S J Baxter – A b/tan of good quality with lots to like. Of good size her head has a flat skull with good width between the ears and strong muzzle. Just right for bone with a straight front and neat feet. Good length of rib leads to racy hindquarters and a well set tail. With both topline and underline looking good she moves better at the rear than the front.

3rd  ARGENTAIL  TITANIA BY ONTHILL – Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – A decent size with typical head and expression she has a strong bite of large teeth. Nice narrow front and OK for bone. Good front assembly and shape of ribs, carrying a full double coat with thick pelt. Moves well bur lacks bend of stifle.


OPEN  BITCH  (7 Entries , 3 Absent)

1st  BRANKELL  DOUBLE  OR  QUITS JW –  Mr P Brannan & Miss M Kelly – A close decision between 1 & 2, just preferring the head of the winner Quality all through she has a strong head with good muzzle, little stop and a keen expression. Well handled she looks good in all departments. Super lay of shoulder with good body shape, strong loin and good bend of stifle. In good double coat and thick loose pelt she is just right for bone and spans well. Driving out well from behind with good front action she covers the ground well. Seriously considered for higher honours.

2nd  CH TARKASWELL  DOUBLE  AGENT  JW ShCM – Mrs C E Sansom – Another well known quality bitch who is all border. Her lovely feminine head is all in proportion with neat dark ears and good bite. She has a clean narrow front and stands on neat feet. Good shoulder placement and a deep body with ribs carried well back. Her hindquarters are good and muscular, carrying a well set short tail. In harsh double coat with decent pelt, she moves with confidence and purpose at both ends..

3rd  TWIGGLESTONE  ELFENOR  JW  ShCM – Mrs L Aldous – Good for size and is quite typical lin head with a short strong muzzle, nice dark eye and little stop with good expression. Nice reach of neck into a straight front but stands a little wide. Deep in rib with clean body lines. She spans well with a good topline and muscled rear quarters. With a double coat coming through nicely she moved out steadily at the rear.


CHAMPION  BITCH ( 5 Entries, 1 Absent )  – 3 worthy champions, all spannable

1st  CH  TYTHROP  TURN  BACK  TIME – Mrs J Lee –  Nothing exaggerated about this ideal sized b/tan bitch. Her typical head is of good shape and she has good bite, short muzzle, dark eye and well placed ears of correct thickness. She has good neck and super lay of shoulder, narrow front and tight neat feet well up on her toes. With a body of good length her ribs are well shaped and lead to a firm loin with well angulated rear end. Lovely topline/underline and a short thick tail, her harsh double coat is dense with a thick pelt. Looking very balanced she moves easily and true as she strides out across the ring..  RESERVE BITCH CC

2nd  CH OTTERBOBS XOLANA  – Mr J R & Mrs H Gilpin – A close decision between 1 & 2 and she is of very similar size and has many of the winners’ qualities. Her head is of good proportions and has a good strong bite. Liked her keen expression and the way her neck flows into excellent shoulders, a level topline with her tail spot on. Ideal for bone another with the neatest of feet in first class condition. Has good coat and loose pelt, her well developed rear end is used to cover the ground as she drives from behind.

3rd  IR CH  PLOUGHDOWN  PALOMA  – Mr E & Dr M Armstrong – A very balanced bitch who is well handled. A fraction larger that 1 & 2, with strength in muzzle, jaw and little stop. Good neck, shoulder and front with forechest. Narrow throughout with good body her topline is excellent with a short well placed tail. Strong rear end with well defined muscle. In good coat and pelt she moves true both ends and looks good all ways.


SPECIAL  BEGINNERS  BITCH  ( 9 Entries, 1 Absent ) 

1st  TWIGGLESTONE  ELFENOR  JW  ShCM – Mrs L Aldous – See 3rd Open Bitch

2nd  FISHERBLOOM  THATS WOT I LIKE  – Miss G Adams –  Reserve in JB. Just over a year this g/tan has good head qualities with a dark eye and good bite. She spans well and is good in shoulder, standing well up on neat feet. With narrow body and ribs of good shape she has a good tailset and rear end. Moved smartly both ways.

3rd  GOXFELL REIVERS ROSE – Mrs J Stamp – Reserve in MPB. At almost 8 months this b/tan puppy is developing nicely. With a head of good proportions she has a strong jaw and well placed ears.  Good straight front and another well up on her toes she spans easily and is well made throughout. Nicely set tail and moved out with confidence at the rear, just needing to tighten a little in front. She carries a well ticked harsh coat and decent skin.


VETERAN BITCH  (10 Entries, 4 Absent )

1st  INT/AM GCH/CAN CH  SULAN  FANCY  THAT – Mrs S J Baxter – – At almost 11 years, I have given this bitch a veteran class before and her quality goes on. She has a good head with short strong muzzle. Of good size and still spannable, she has quality all through being good in front, both quarters and still holding a level topline. In fit condition for her age she has a crisp double coat and still moves soundly both ways.

2nd  SOUTHASH  CHERRY  BLISS  AT  SMURFSKI – Mr J C B Yore – At over 8 this handy sized bitch spans easily and has a feminine head of good quality with neat ears and expression. Nicely balanced she is good in profile with level topline, correct tailset and decent underline. Nice front , neat feet and good in body through to nicely angulated rear. In firm condition her coat is thick and she drove out positively at both ends.

3rd  BAYWILLOW  BROWN  BRAID  JW  ShCM – Mrs G Hyslop – Another smaller compact type who spans with ease. Strong head with short, broad muzzle. Good length of neck to a front which although straight her legs are rather short leaving her rather unbalanced. With thick coat and pelt her tail is of the best i.e. well set, short and carrot like. She moved well both coming and going.





Joint Border Terrier Club Show – 6th May 2018

Hosted by Yorkshire Lancashire & Cheshire Border Terrier Club

Longridge Civic Hall

Calder Avenue



PR3  3HJ


Judge Mrs Melanie Lewis (Tonromel)

Show opens 9.00am     Judging 9.30 am


Postal entries close Saturday 7th April

on line entries close 21st April (midnight)  Cavalier Impressions


Secretary Mrs Tina Green

(01302) 726202

CECS/PGSD Briefing Meeting




A briefing meeting was held at the Animal Health Trust on February 15th 2018, to outline plans for a project aimed at identifying regions of the genome associated with Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (CECS) / Paroxysmal Gluten Sensitive Dyskinesia (PGSD) in the Border Terrier.

Those invited to attend had included

  • Representatives of the group which had raised considerable funds for the Animal Health Trust through social media and a Justgiving Page
  • Members of the Border Terrier Breed Health Group
  • Health Representatives from the seven UK Border Terrier breed clubs and the Swedish Border Terrier Club.

Presentations were given by Sally Ricketts and Chris Jenkins of the AHT Canine Genetics Group at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre, and Mark Lowrie (RCVS & ECVN) who is a veterinary specialist in neurology.



The plan is to conduct a collaborative 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.

To ensure optimal efficacy, the GWAS is planned to use dogs from a tightly defined clinical definition of the disease, including only CECS-affected dogs that are sensitive to gluten as affected examples (cases) , and carefully selected unaffected examples (control samples)

A study previously carried out by Mark Lowrie has linked CECS to gluten sensitivity and Gluten sensitive CECS has now been named ‘paroxysmal gluten sensitive dyskinesia’ (PGSD).

Mention was made of a recent overseas study aimed to identify genetic variants that might contribute to the development of CECS. This had been carried out using DNA samples collected from Border Terriers in Finland, The Netherlands, and Germany. This investigation included a GWAS that tested thousands of markers across the genome, but it had been unable to identify any regions of the DNA associated with the disease. It was thought that this may have been because the dogs included had been from different countries, had included a wide range of clinical features, and had relied on owner-reported signs as opposed to clinical diagnoses. It was thought that this broad definition of cases may have been the reason that the Finnish study had been unable to identify any associated regions of the DNA.

The present proposed study would attempt to eliminate as many of these drawbacks as possible, by carrying out a more focused study including only CECS-affected dogs that are sensitive to gluten as the cases, and carefully selected unaffected dogs as control samples.

The first objective will be to collect cheek swab samples from a minimum of 100 well-defined PGSD cases and between 100 to 200 unaffected controls.



Work is currently going on to provide a clear, yet simple, definition of precisely what dogs will be required as case samples and what as control samples. Collecting a tightly defined sample set will be crucial to giving the best likelihood of successfully identifying regions of the DNA associated with PGSD.

When these definitions have been clearly defined and agreed, the cases and controls for the study will be recruited through the Kennel Club, the Border Terrier breed clubs in the UK; and via an appeal in the veterinary media. For this study, only UK based dogs will be used, all of them descended from current UK lines. A brief questionnaire will be used initially to determine that affected or unaffected dogs are suitable for inclusion in the study and for affected dogs, video footage of a typical episode will be requested to enable as accurate a diagnosis to be carried out on each affected dog to be used. For unaffected cases to be included in the study confirmation will be required that they are not on a gluten-free diet. Owners of affected dogs fulfilling the above criteria will then be asked to have their dogs tested for the currently recommended serological tests for PGSD. The results will be reviewed by Mark Lowrie to confirm that they can be used in the study.

An full application for ethical approval from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons  for this research will be submitted by Mark Lowrie to enable the serum sampling to be carried out.



The costs for the initial sample recruitment for serological blood tests (affected cases only) is estimated at ~£10K with swab test costs for the unaffected cases estimated at ~£2K. So, Phase 1 to obtain the required samples is estimated at ~£12K.

This will be more than covered by the funds currently held by the AHT and provided by Just Giving and Social Media donations.

Once the samples have been organised, a further ~£36K will be required to carry out the GWAS and another ~£4K to carry out Whole Genome Sequencing of two cases – total ~£40K.

It was hoped that some of this £40K will come from additional Social Media funding, some from the Border Terrier Breed Health Group Fund (contributed by the clubs for Border Terriers and other donors), and some from other sources

The total time to complete the project may be anything up to 3 years.


Arising from questions raised at the briefing the following points were noted:

  • It was estimated that roughly 90% of Border Terriers affected by CECS are gluten sensitive and do respond favourably to a gluten free diet.
  • The genetics of CECS/PGSD is likely to be complex with multiple genes associated with the disease.
  • Therefore, there is no certainty that the planned study will successfully identify regions of the genome associated with PGSD.
  • Even with a successful outcome for this phase of the study, the available advice to breeders may not be of a clear black and white nature. It may simply be indicative and give statistical probabilities of what may result from various breeding combinations of dogs
  • Great care will have to be taken in the selection of affected case dogs and unaffected control dogs.



The next moves will be:

  • Obtaining RCVS final Ethical approval for the serological testing to be carried out by Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Production of clear and simple definitions for required sample dogs, to be used to recruit affected cases and unaffected control dogs.
  • Sample recruitment over an 18 month period
  • Application to Breed Health Group for part funding
  • Application to other potential external funders
  • Carrying out of the GWAS and then whole genome sequencing.

The AHT was asked to report on progress regularly – say three monthly – even if only to give a brief update of progress on sample recruitment etc.



There was considerable enthusiasm to proceed with the project but with realistic recognition that there were no guarantees of success and that specific clear ‘black and white’ advice for breeders may not inevitably follow even a relatively successful first phase, in fact for a complex genetic disease a simple SLEM like test is extremely unlikely.

It may be that it will be possible to develop a genetic risk score based on a number of genetic regions, with utility similar to the EBVs used for Labrador Retriever hip dysplasia. Importantly, the study could lead to an improved biological understanding of the disease, which may help with the development of possible preventive therapies or treatments.



Present at the Briefing were:


Genetics                    Sally Ricketts, Chris Jenkins

Neurology                 Mark Lowrie


Michelle Barnett, Jan Gale, Dr Andy Harbottle, Mike Hollingsbee, Ronnie Irving, Janet Lee, Loulou Troupe, Chris Wallace, Tony Wrenn


RI/February 21, 2018

Critique for Open Show – November 2017

East Anglia Border Terrier Club Open Show Sunday 19th December 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and members for inviting me to judge your club show. Thank you to the exhibitors for allowing me to judge your dogs and taking my decisions gracefully. I was pleased to find so many dogs presented in full double coat which showed in my main winners. Overall I was happy with the quality on the day.


Minor Puppy Dog 4 (0)
1st FISHERBLOOM KISS MY CLASS, Miss G Adams -6 month old dark grizzle and tan with a dark eye with thick ears and correct bite, good reach of neck leading into good well laid shoulders, nice neat feet with thick pads, good length of rib. Well set on tail and good angulations behind, excels in coat and pelt secured the class and RBPIS on his sound movement.
2nd ENEONITH MARBLES, Miss J Burrell – 7 month old grizzle and tan another nice puppy good otter like head, narrow throughout, lots of the same attributes as the first place dog, just not as settled on the move as 1st place today.

Puppy Dog 4 (0)
1st BRACKENFELL ROCK THE BOAT AT VANDAMERE, Mr S Pollit – Just 6 months old eye catching rich red dog who excels in breed type, stunning head with lovely expression, finer in bone to my minor puppy dog winner, shown in good coat with good pelt, just very unsettled on the move today which cost him a higher place in previous class, one I will watch with interest.
2ND FISHERBLOOM ALL EYEZ ON ME, Miss G Adams – 8 month old grizzle and tan, good strong head, shown in good double jacket with thick pelt, good length of rib moved better behind than in front.

Junior Dog 6 (0)
1st BLOWENCLOUD BUSY BEE JW, Mrs S J Ruth – Grizzle and Tan what a nice dog another I liked for breed type, lovely strong head with thick ears and correct bite, narrow front, good flat rib with good length, well angulated behind standing on neat feet with thick pads, shown in good double jacket with super pelt, he is easily spanned, moved out well pleased to award him Reserve Best Dog.
2nd TOJAMATT RHYTHAM N BLUES AT RAEDWULF, Mr M & Mrs VL Atkinson – Grizzle and Tan Dog of a handy size, good head with broad skull and short strong muzzle, alert dog, he had a good outline and lots to like shame he was unsettled on the move today.

Novice Dog 3 (0)
1st BLOWENCLOUD BUSY BEE JW, Mrs S J Ruth – please see 1st in junior dog
2nd FISHERBLOOM KISS MY CLASS, Miss G Adams –please see 1st in puppy dog

Post Graduate Dog 5 (2)
1st LYNSETT LEWIS, Mr P Armstrong – Blue and Tan dog with nice head and big teeth with correct bite, good reach of neck and shoulders, excellent coat and pelt with level topline standing on neat feet, moved well both ways.
2nd TYNEASTER SPECIAL AGENT AT RAEDWULF, Mr M & Mrs VL Atkinson – Nice for breed type with lovely strong head, a nice all round dog just preferred the length of rib of first.

Limit Dog 5(1)
1st ONTHILL ARAMIS, Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – Blue and Tan dog with nice head and expression with good big teeth and correct bite, easily spanned he has good length of rib, well set on tail. Moved true both ways, liked him for size.
2nd STOWTHORNEY MR TICKLE JW, Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – Stunning head on his red dog with lovely expression and big teeth and correct bite, slightly bigger than first but lots to like on this typey dog, shame his coat had just gone over.

Open Dog 2 (0)
1st OXCROFT FREELANDER, Miss J Price – Blue and Tan dog with good typical head from this kennel, what a lovely dog to handle he comes to hand well. Good lay of shoulder with narrow front and good length of rib, shown in good double jacket, when he settled he moved out well.
2nd IR CH BARNBY CARAMEL WAFER AT BIMANDI JW SHCM, Mrs M J Holmes – Broad skull on this strong masculine dog, correct bite, shown in good double coat, just preferred length of rib on first.

Special Beginners Dog 1 (0)
1st MODANN WILSON, Mrs H Oconner – Blue and Tan dog still a pup nice stamp of dog. My notes say a good old fashioned border that is just maturing up, I’m sure he will mature nicely, I just hope he doesn’t grow on anymore.

Veteran Dog 6 (0)
1st ONTHILL SUPER TROUPER, Mr R & Mrs A Ramus – 8 year old Grizzle and Tan dog that I couldn’t take my eyes off from the moment he entered the ring, he is one I’ve admired in his youth and I was delighted he was not a disappointment to go over. He has a good typical head with big teeth and correct bite with neat ears, good reach of neck flowing into clean shoulders, narrow front and narrow throughout, easily spanned, good length of rib, shown and presented in the best of coats with excellent pelt. Well angulated behind, neat cat like feet, lovely carrot shape tail, he is beautifully put together which shows in his effortless movement around the ring. To top it off he was in fit hard condition not showing his age one bit, could not deny the super dog Best Dog and Best In Show.
2nd DANDYHOW DOUGLAS FIR, Mr T Wrenn & Miss K Langdon – 7 year old Blue and Tan dog, another nice veteran in his prime a good all round border, just carrying a little too much condition today.


Minor Puppy Bitch 5 (0)
1st FISHERBLOOM THAT’S WHAT I LIKE, Miss G Adams – 8 months old, eye catching puppy, lovely for breed type, stunning head and good bite with neat ears, just enough bone, nice length of rib, showed in lovely double jacket, moved out well.
2nd ONTHILL LA ROCK AT GRIZZLEDALE, Mrs M J Medhurst – 7 months old sweet puppy with lots to like, excellent coat and pelt, just preferred type and bone on first

Puppy Bitch 4 (0)
1st ONTHILL CRYSTAL ROCK, Mr R Ramus & Mrs A Ramus – 7months old Grizzle and Tan, another well-presented dog from this kennel, she has strong but femine head, with good thick neat ears, narrow front standing on neat tight feet, she excels in coat and pelt, moves out well for one so young, pleased to award her Best Puppy In Show.
2nd FISHERBLOOM THAT’S WHAT I LIKE, Miss G Adams – Please see 1st in minor puppy bitch

Junior Bitch 6 (2)
1st OAKYARD ON SONG, Mr J Parry – What a lovely type of bitch with stunning head with short strong muzzle , handy size, she comes to hand well, narrow throughout , good double coat and well set on tail. Moved around the ring with ease, I think this youngster will have a promising future.
2nd BOWENCLOUD THE BEE CHAMER, Mrs S J Ruth – Another typey bitch with lots to like but she just couldn’t match one on movement today.

Novice Bitch 6 (1)
1st RAGATAM STEP IN TIME, Miss T J Peacock – Blue and Tan bitch what a nice bitch to find in a novice class, what a show girl handled and turned out well, lovely head not overdone, good lay of shoulder with good length of rib. She has a nice outline with short carrot shape tail, she moves well once settled.
2nd BOWENCLOUD THE BEE CHAMER, Mrs S J Ruth – Please see 2nd in junior

Post Graduate Bitch 8 (1)
1st STOWTHORNEY CLAIRVOYANT, Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – This bitch headed a lovely class, what an eye catching red bitch with beautiful head and dark eye and short strong muzzle with big teeth and correct bite. Narrow front with good rib, level topline, shown in correct double jacket moved well, close decision for best bitch, pleased to award her Reserve Best Bitch.
2nd GRIZZLEDALE FORGET ME NOT, Mrs M J Medhurst – Handy size bitch with nice head with good expression, narrow front shown in good coat. She moved better in front than behind today, presented well.

Limit Bitch 6 (3)
1st GLEBEHEATH MAIDEN NAME AT OAKYARD, Mr J Parry – What a lovely bitch in profile and lovely to go over. Beautiful feminine head with short strong muzzle dark eye and correct bite, nice for size, she has a good lay of shoulder and narrow front standing on neat cat like feet. Good length of flat rib, spanned with ease, shown in super double coat with thick pelt. She didn’t put a foot wrong on the move and was a pleasure to watch, I like her a lot, pleased to award her Best Bitch and Reserve Best In Show.
2nd FOXPAW REVELATION JW, Mr P & Mrs H Fulker – Another quality bitch, slightly finer in bone to first and coat a little soft today but lots to like.

Open Bitch 5(3)
1st BYREWICK VALENTINE, Mr R Brewster & Ms J Green – Blue and Tan bitch, what a coat and pelt on her one of the best on the day. Nice old fashioned stamp of bitch with typical head, sound on the move liked her a lot but unfortunately in the final line up she had lost her shine.
2nd BAILLIESWELLS STRONACHIE, Prof AS Milton – Smaller than first, nicely made with lots to like she would benefit her coat being tidier, when settles she moves out well.

Special Beginners Bitch 4(1)
1st FISHERBLOOM THAT’S WHAT I LIKE, Miss G Adams – Please see 1st in minor puppy bitch
2nd FISHERBLOOM SHE DEVIL, Mrs A Morgan – 3rd in novice bitch, broad skull with correct mouth, narrow front, shows signs of a good harsh coat coming through, moved ok.

Veteran Bitch 6( 4)
1st GAMEWAY CAPPUCCINO OF WITHERSHINS SHCM, Mr M J Day – 12 year old bitch not showing her age, nice all round border, but lacking coat today.
2nd AN CNOC OF BAILLIESWELLS, Prof A S Milton – 7 year old who was thoroughly enjoying her day, sweet head, narrow front, shown in good double coat, moved ok.

Stewart Golding (Beaconpike)

2018 Forthcoming Events


Championship Show – Sunday April 8th
New Venue – Littleport Leisure Centre, Camel Road, Littleport, Cambs CB6 1EW

Open Show – Sunday November 25th
Buckden Village Hall, Burberry Road, Buckden, Cambs PE19 5UY


The Kennel Club sent out a press release announcing the Official Recognition of the SLEM gene test. It was written in a standard format developed for the announcement of new officially recognised tests. I am informed that the AHT is expected soon to send the KC the first tranche of SLEM test results for UK Border Terriers (i.e. those registered with the UK Kennel Club) and this is expected to include all of the tests carried out since the launch of the SLEM test.

Thus, no action by the owners of tested dogs is needed to complete this process, whereas the Press Release suggests something slightly different. You are permitted to send test results to the KC yourself if you wish, but this would very likely duplicate the reporting carried out by the AHT. I would recommend that we allow the internal reporting process between the KC and the AHT to complete its first reporting cycle, and suggest owners check the KC data in a few weeks time to ensure their results have been correctly recorded. I will do my best to alert the breed when the test results start to be published by the KC, but you will realise this relies upon third parties providing me with this information in advance.

During this period, the Breed Health Website will continue to record test results sent, along with permission to publish, to me as Breed Health Coordinator to ensure information on SLEM is available to the breed in a timely manner.

Test results will eventually be transmitted to the KC by the AHT on a monthly basis, and thus for the future there will often be some delay between the test result being sent to the owner and publication on the KC database.

Breed Health

Owners who wish to have the results of their Border Terriers entered on the Breed Health Group SLEM Test Results List, should send a copy of the AHT Test Result Certificate and permission for the BHG to publish the result, to our Breed Health Co-ordinator Steve Dean at