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NEW RESEARCH REVEALS PREVALENCE OF HEALTH CONDITIONS IN UK’S DOGS

19 September 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Large scale study published on disorders in 192 Kennel Club recognised breeds will help to improve health of Britain’s much-loved pedigree dogs

  • Top three disorders in UK dogs are all skin conditions – lipoma, cysts and allergic skin problems
  • Boxers were found to have the highest number of reported conditions occurring at a higher prevalence than overall across all breeds, followed by the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pug
  • Labrador was found to have the highest number of reported conditions occurring at a lower prevalence than overall across all breeds, followed by the Cocker Spaniel and Border Terrier
  • 90 disorders show a significantly different prevalence in at least one breed compared to overall prevalence across all breeds
  • Study is one of the largest of its kind ever carried out and used morbidity data on 43,005 living dogs registered with the Kennel Club, across 192 breeds
  • Findings substantially contribute to the current understanding of disorder occurrence in dogs in the UK and will help dog owners, breeders and vets to identify which breeds are most likely to suffer from which disorders

A study by researchers at the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation and registry body for pedigree dogs, the Kennel Club, has shed light on the prevalence of health conditions in pedigree dog breeds, which could help improve the health of the UK’s estimated 8.5 million dogs.

The study, published in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal (15th September 2017), is one of the largest of its kind ever carried out and used owner-reported morbidity data on 43,005 living dogs registered with the Kennel Club, across 192 breeds, regardless of whether disorders received veterinary care.

The research aimed to determine the prevalence of health disorders of varying severity, influenced by both genetics and environment, among pedigree dogs overall and, where possible, determine any variation among breeds.  This will help dog owners, breeders and vets to be aware of any relevant health concerns and identify which breeds are most at risk of suffering from which disorders.

The study found that the most commonly reported health condition in dogs was fatty skin masses (lipoma), with around one in twenty-five dogs (4.3 per cent) affected these, meaning that over 365,000 dogs in the UK could currently be affected.  The second most commonly reported condition was skin cysts, which affected 3.1 per cent of the population. The third most common condition was allergic skin conditions, which the study found affected 2.7 per cent of dogs.  As in humans, conditions such as these in dogs vary in severity, from more trivial conditions that will have no impact on a dog’s quality of life to those more severe conditions that do.

Depending on their location and size, lipomata and skin cysts are often incidental findings of little significance to affected dogs or their owners.  Allergic skin conditions can be more troublesome, and almost certainly have inherited components.  However, there are a number of environmental factors that can cause skin irritations and allergies that can be avoided, such as human skincare products and toiletries, and cleaning and other household products, and it is important for dog owners to remember that products that are suitable for humans to use on or near their skin may not be appropriate for dogs.  The recent trend for dog clothing has also been implicated as a potential factor in the apparent increase in allergic skin conditions in dogs.

The study found that Boxers had the highest number of reported diseases or conditions at a higher prevalence than overall, with skin cancer or tumours being the most commonly reported condition in the breed.  The breed with a higher prevalence of the second highest number of reported conditions was the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, with heart murmurs being the most commonly reported condition in this breed.  The breed with greater prevalence of the third highest number of reported conditions was the Pug, with corneal ulcers being reported as the top condition.  The study found that just under two thirds of living dogs had no reported health conditions.

Conversely, the study found that the Labrador has the highest number of reported conditions occurring at a lower prevalence than overall across all breeds, with the Cocker Spaniel having the second highest, and the Border Terrier with the third.

For the most common disorders in the most represented breeds, there were ninety with a significantly higher prevalence in at least one breed compared to the overall prevalence across all breeds.  The most striking of these differences were umbilical hernias in the Shih Tzu (12 per cent compared to 1.2 per cent overall) and lipoma in the Weimaraner (17.5 per cent compared to 4.3 per cent overall).  Conversely, for the most common disorders in the most represented breeds, two examples with a  significantly lower breed prevalence compared to the overall prevalence across all breeds were hypersensitivity in the Bearded Collie (0.4 per cent compared to 2.7 per cent overall) and skin cysts in the Rough Collie (0.5 per cent compared to 3.1 per cent overall).  Comparing the within breed prevalence to the prevalence over all breeds gives insight into which breeds could be at a higher or lower risk of being affected with certain heath conditions, which will be useful to owners, breeders, puppy buyers and vets.

Dr Katy Evans, Kennel Club Health Research Manager, one of the authors of the study, said:  “Dogs of any breed or crossbreed can suffer from conditions that affect their health, both those for which inheritance plays a part and those caused by external factors. The results of this study will substantially contribute to the current understanding of disorder occurrence in dogs in the UK and will be a massive help to dog owners as it gives them an idea of what to look out for, particularly if their breed has a higher than average incidence of a certain condition.

“The majority of the larger studies into disease prevalence rely on primary care veterinary data, which does not take into account dogs which may be affected by fairly harmless conditions that can be safely managed at home without veterinary treatment.  By gathering and analysing large amounts of owner reported data, we can get a clearer picture of the health of the whole dog population.

“Much of what the study found confirms what the Kennel Club and responsible dog breeders already know, which is reflected in the range of health schemes and other tools already in place to tackle various conditions, and it will certainly help us to prioritise health concerns in dogs and further develop plans to protect their health.”

The Kennel Club is using the findings as part of its Breed Health and Conservation Plans, which will ensure that all health concerns in dogs are identified through evidence-based criteria and that breeders are provided with appropriate information and resources to ensure they are supported in tackling health problems and achieving positive health goals for dogs, now and in the future.  The Breed Health and Conservation Plans take a holistic view of breed health with consideration given to known hereditary conditions, complex hereditary conditions, conformational concerns and population genetics.  

The full study has been published in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal and can be viewed at https://cgejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40575-017-0047-3.

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2018 South Western Inter Regionals Team Application

14 September 2017 - Posted by Stephanie Woollam, in Crufts

CRUFTS 2018 INTER REGIONAL COMPETITION

 

SOUTH WESTERN AREA

 

Application forms are now available to anyone from AVON, HEREFORDSHIRE, SOMERSET, WILTSHIRE, DEVON, CORNWALL, DORSET AND GLOUCESTERSHIRE who may wish to be considered to work for the above team.

 

The team will consist of – 1 Beginner, 2 Novices, 2 A, 1 B and 1 C plus a Beginner reserve and may include up to 2 BC/WS. 3 Crossbreeds (one of which must not be a collie type) and up to 3 of any other single breed.

 

Obedience Champions and those qualified for Crufts Obedience Championships 2018 may not compete.

 

Closing date for eligibility is 31st October 2017

All tests will be as defined under KC Ob Show Regulations (G)

 

Application forms are available from:

 

Steph Woollam (Team Manager)

01179 855172 or 07788707642

Email: stephanie.woollam@blueyonder.co.uk

 

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Everyone is welcome to a try out day on 19th November 2017, whether to be considered for the team or, if you are not sure, to have a work out with your dog and decide on the day whether to put yourselves forward. In any event, please fill in an application form and return to me.

 

http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/2018_South_Western_Inter_Regional_Team_Application_in_pdf_format.pdf


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/2018_South_Western_Inter_Regional_Team_Application_in_Word_format.doc

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KENNEL CLUB OPENS NEW AYLESBURY OFFICE

13 September 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club has opened its new offices in Aylesbury, having moved a matter of yards away from its previous home in the Alton House Office Park in Gatehouse Way.

The Kennel Club moved its core operational activities to Aylesbury from its headquarters in London in the summer of 1999, namely the registration, Petlog and call centre services. In the original move, five members of the London team relocated to Aylesbury, while other members of staff were recruited locally. Alton House was originally obtained on a ten-year lease which was then renewed in 2009.

The new Aylesbury address is known as Kennel Club House and its purchase was made possible through the £12m payment that the Kennel Club received when it struck a deal with British Land in 2013 to move its London headquarters further up Clarges Street in Mayfair. The money also enabled the Kennel Club to purchase its recently-opened Emblehope and Burngrange Estate in Northumberland which it aims to develop as a centre of excellence for working dogs.

The Aylesbury office handles high volume activities on behalf of the Club, with the monthly average equating to 48,000 telephone calls, 20,000 puppy registrations, 14,000 transfer applications and 70,000 microchip recordings.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It is strange to think that the Kennel Club has had premises in Aylesbury for 18 years as, for some of us, it seems like only yesterday that the original building in Alton House Office Park was opened. We are very pleased that the move into the new Kennel Club offices went very smoothly – in fact there was no down time to any single service during the transitioning of both service and staff to the new building.”

The new address for the Kennel Club offices in Aylesbury is Kennel Club House, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8DB. The telephone number remains the same – 01296 318540.

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2018 Midlands Inter Regionals Team Application

13 September 2017 - Posted by Lou Jackson, in Crufts

Crufts 2018 Inter-Regional Obedience Competition


Midland Team


If you live in the following counties: Debyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Salop, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands or Worcestershire then you are eligible to apply to be considered for The Midland Team.

The qualification date for class eligibility is 31st October 2017.

The team will consist of 1 Beginner, 2 Novice, 2 Class A, 1 Class B, 1 Class C and a Beginner reserve.

A maximum of 2 Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs, 3 Crossbreeds (one of which must not be of border collie or W/S type) and 3 of any other specific breed.

Obedience Champions are NOT eligible and competitors qualified for 2018 Championships are NOT eligible.

A try out day is arranged at Markfield Canine Center, Leicester on November 25th (Sat.)

Please fill in an application form and send to me, Lou Jackson, Comox, Harrisons Lane, Gailey, Stafford. ST19 5PS. before 12th November 2017.

Forms from myself or downloadable here or from our Facebook page. We will also have forms available at West Bromwich shows.

Don't be shy, give it a go, what have you got to lose!

TEAM PURPLE NEEDS YOU.
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OBEDIENCE LIAISON COUNCIL MEETING 11TH JANUARY 2018

12 September 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Obedience Liaison Council

The next meeting of the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council will be held at the Kennel Club in London on Thursday 11th January 2018. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Obedience Liaison Council Secretary by 13th October 2017.

Each eligible society or an individual may submit items for the agenda, through a council representative. Proposals must be concise, and if an amendment or an additional regulation is proposed, the regulation number must be given. All submissions must be signed by the society/individual and the representative.

All items for inclusion on the agenda should be sent to Working Dog Activities Team, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB or by email to obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk.

A full list of Obedience Liaison Council representatives can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/obedience-liaison-council.

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2018 Wales Inter-Regional Obedience Competition

11 September 2017 - Posted by Jen Jessop, in Crufts

Application forms are now available to download from obedienceuk website under ‘news’.  All the information can be found on them.

 

Please support as no-one is pre-selected. 

 

Application forms will also be available directly from me 01633 411449 or from Alison O'Connor (West Wales) Tel. 01834 891510 and Pat Werner (North Wales) Tel. 01824 780455

 

Jen Jessop (Team Manager)

 

Remember, we are now working the G regulations.


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Wales_-_Inter_Regional_Application_Form_-_Word_format.doc


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Wales_-_Inter_Regional_Application_Form_-_pdf_format.pdf

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Northern Inter-Regional Team Applications

07 September 2017 - Posted by Emma Lavender, in Crufts

CRUFTS INTER-REGIONAL

OBEDIENCE COMPETITION 2018

 

 

NORTHERN TEAM

 

Friday 9th March 2018

 

Team to consist of:

 

1 Beginner, 2 Novice, 2 A, 1 B and 1 C  (Plus Beginner Reserve)

 

2 Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs

3 Crossbreeds (1 of which may not be of Collie type)

and up to 3 of any single breed only permitted

 

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ELIGIBILITY DATE: 31st  OCTOBER 2017

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ENTRY FORMS FROM

 

Emma Lavender – emmalavender30@yahoo.co.uk

Alison Gresty – agresty@hotmail.co.uk

Karen Davies – karendno3@gmail.com

 

 

ENTRIES TO BE RECEIVED BY EMMA LAVENDER AT 63 WEETSHAW CLOSE, SHAFTON, BARNSLEY, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, S72 8PZ NO LATER THAN 3rd December 2017


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Norther_Team_info_sheet_2018.pdf


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Northern_application_form_2018.pdf

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YKC MEMBERS GIVEN THE CHANCE TO DESIGN THE YKC CRUFTS CATALOGUE COVER

07 September 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in YKC

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is inviting the talented artists amongst its members to design the front cover for the YKC Crufts catalogue as part of its Artist of the Year competition.

YKC members are being encouraged to get creative and submit their design within the theme ‘head and shoulders above the rest – a dog portrait’. This theme means that the dog/dogs should be the main subject in the design, with either just the head or the entire body of the dog standing, lying or sitting down. The design must be done in A4 portrait, and wording/titles are not needed.

The YKC Crufts catalogue showcases all members who are competing in the YKC ring at Crufts 2018, and will be available at the show. Alongside having their artwork featured on the cover of the catalogue, the overall winner will receive £75, art supplies and a year’s free YKC membership. 2nd place is £50 and art supplies and 3rd place is £30 plus art supplies. The winner will also have their artwork displayed at the YKC stand at the show, which will be seen by thousands of people.

YKC Chairman, Gerald King, said: “We are very excited to be able to offer members the chance to design the front cover of our YKC Crufts catalogue once again. It was very successful last year, with many talented members entering for their chance to showcase their creativity outside the ring. The theme this year should bring out some amazing artistic skills, as well as a clear passion for dogs, so we are really looking forward to seeing the variety within the entries. Good luck to everyone who enters.”

This year’s judging panel will be looking for a striking cover design that is well executed, has an imaginative concept and clearly places the cover within the brief. They will also be making sure the artwork is suitable to be used as a cover for a booklet.

Last year’s YKC Artist of the Year overall and 17-24 category winner was 20 year-old Samantha Webster from Northfield, Birmingham, who won the judges over with her interpretation of the YKC, Crufts and her love of dogs.

YKC members have until Friday 24th November to submit their artwork. Entries need to be A4 in size and a range of materials, including drawing (e.g. pencil, pen) painting and printmaking. The competition is open to all members aged 6-24 years.

Entrants should send their artwork to Young Kennel Club, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB. All artwork must include a full name, address and age, telephone number and email address on the back. You must also describe why you chose your design. You do not need to add titles or wording to your design. All artwork will be returned after Crufts 2018.

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Scotland - Inter Regional Team Applications

04 September 2017 - Posted by Carole Patrick, in Crufts

Crufts 2018

Inter-Regional Obedience Team Competition

To be held on Friday 9th March 2018

“Under Kennel Club ‘G’ Regulations”

 

SCOTTISH TEAM

We are looking for handlers and dogs of all breeds who work Beginners, Novice, Test A, Test B & Test C to complete an application form and come along to the Try-Out/Selection Day.

 

The team will consist of “one Beginner Dog”, “two Novice Dogs”, “two Test ‘A’ Dogs”, “one Test ‘B’ Dog”, “one Test ‘C’ Dog” and “one Beginner Dog – Reserve”.

 

The restrictions on the breeds allowed in each team are as follows:

-       Two Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs

-       Three Crossbreeds (one of which must not be a Collie/Working Sheepdog type)

-       Three of any other single breed.

-       Obedience Champions cannot compete.

-       Competitors in the Crufts Obedience Championships 2018 cannot compete.

 

If you would like to be considered for the SCOTTISH TEAM,

PLEASE complete an application form and either ...

-       return it to me, Ellen Herries or Anne Marie Parker at shows

-       email it to me at cpatrick1984@outlook.com

-       or post it to my home address, 10 Glencaple Ave, Dumfries, DG1 4SJ

 

Please can you let me have your completed forms before the Try Out/Selection Day, (preferably by Friday 11th November 2017).

 

The date for calculating your eligibility is the last day of October 2017

 

We are holding our “Try Out/Selection Day” on Sunday 19th November 2017 at

Rio DTC’s Training Hall, Rio Community Centre, St Mary’s lane, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8AH 09:30 for 10:00

 

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are selected to be a member of the SCOTTISH TEAM that will compete at CRUFTS 2018, you will be expected to attend two Team Training Days, one in January 2018 and one in February 2018.

 

If any Club or individual would like to sponsor a “Team Training Day” then please contact me as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

 

Many Thanks

Carole Patrick


See Application Forms for download below:


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Scotland_IR_-_Crufts_2018_-_application_form_in_Word_format.doc


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Scotland_IR_-_Crufts_2018_-_application_form_in_PDF_format.pdf

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NOCF 2017 is approaching

04 September 2017 - Posted by Fran Bush, in Class Finals

NOCF post – Aug We now have just over 3 months to go until NOCF 2017!

We are hatching big plans for possible expansion of NOCF for 2018 and into the future, but it is dependent on the support you all show for the 2017 event, if you want this event to stay and grow then you need to support it either by entering, helping or attending to support those competing.  This is YOUR event and without your support, it cannot grow and continue, those who have competed or attended will tell you what a fabulous event it is, an amazing experience not to be missed.

There have been plenty of “Doom and Gloom” social media posts online about obedience so please lets get behind this and then we can build it into THE Premier Obedience event of the year,

If you have one of the NOCF t shirts, then wear it to shows, tell all your friends and training buddies about the event, share the information at your clubs, training groups and on training courses, promote the event on training courses.

If you are a trainer in any capacity, then please encourage your students to qualify, tell them all about it.

THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS EVENT!!!!!!! Its up to  you to rectify this!

Please watch our facebook page and websites – we will be announcing the judges for 2017 very soon!!!

Just a reminder of the qualifying criteria for 2017:

You need to qualify to take part in this glittering end of year event, celebrating obedience with classes for pre beginners up to C, this is your chance to don your glad rags and show off your fabulous dogs to compete for this years class crowns - you could be the 2017 class Champion!!!

You get points for places from 1st - 6th at all open and champs shows within this years qualifying period, which is 4 October 2016 – 2 October 2017.

All Qualifying Points for entry must have been earned by the dog (PB and Beg refers).
Points will be allocated as follows:

1st 10 points,  2nd 8 points,  3rd 6 points,  4th 4 points,  5th 2 points,  6th 1 point

Points can be used to qualify for the class in which they are attained only – for example, points gained for places in class ‘A’ may only be accumulated to qualify for the ‘A’ Class at the National Obedience Class Finals and may not be transferred to another class, even if the dog is currently eligible to compete at the Novice level.
Qualifying points needed for each class are as follows:

Pre Beginner 10 points
Beginner 15 points
Novice/Class ‘A’/Class ‘B’ 20 points
Class ‘C’ 15 points

A dog can be entered in 1 class only, but handlers may enter more than 1 dog, as long as each dog is suitably qualified for the class in which it is entered.

In the event that a dog accumulates sufficient points in 2 or more classes during the qualifying period, the dog should be entered in the HIGHEST class for which it is qualified.

Remember that this year there will only be 1 part of novice class, so numbers will be limited and entries are on a first come first served basis.

Once a class is full it will close and numbers will be capped as follows;   Pre-beginners/beginners/novice/class A -60;  Class B & class C – 45

Full details can be found on our website www.nocf.co.uk

 (Apologies to Fran for not posting this earlier ..... Les)

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