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    May 20th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    The Crufts Committee has announced that the Breeders’ Competition will be reintroduced at Crufts 2017 as a stand-alone event on Saturday 11 March. Called the Crufts Breeders’ Competition, a maximum of 60 teams will compete and entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

    The regulations for this special competition are as follows:

    Each team must comprise three or four exhibits of the same breed.Each dog must have its own handler.Dogs do not need to be entered in a breed class at the show.All dogs must have the same registered breeder or breeder partnership. No combination of different breeders is permitted.Judges at the show are ineligible to enter.Breeders may enter more than one team.Any Variety Imported Register Breeds may not compete in this competition.Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, KC Regulation F(1)9(d) does not apply.

    The entry fee for each group will be £10, payable online via a link to the Crufts office which will be published in due course. Exhibitors are also advised that ‘pre judging’ will be in operation on the Saturday from 2pm onwards. Further details will be released in due course.

    Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts, said: “Crufts is proud to see the reintroduction of this event at the world’s greatest dog show as it was always a spectacular sight in the Arena. By changing this competition to a stand-alone event, thus dispensing with the need for qualifying heats, it is hoped we will see some overseas competitors joining in the spectacle alongside British breeders on the day.”

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    May 16th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    As the weather warms up and we approach summer, pet owners are being urged to be vigilant against ticks and fleas which thrive in warmer weather. Watch our video where Sharron and the Tickbuster team of experts tell you how you can keep your furry friends happy and healthy as temperatures rise

    As pet owners get set for a summer spent with their beloved furry friends in the great outdoors, Sharron Davies is urging them to make sure their animals are in tip top shape before the summer kicks in.

    The former Olympic swimmer is backing the No Bite is Right campaign and is making her way around the country on the Tickbuster Tour alongside a panel of experts, to help pet owners prevent nasty bites from ticks and fleas which thrive in warmer weather.

    New research shows that almost one in ten pet owners don’t do anything to prevent their pets being bitten by ticks and fleas, while only a quarter treat their pet with a preventative treatment at the recommended frequency. Furthermore, less than 60% believe they have control over their pet’s protection from parasites like ticks, fleas and lungworm.

    But while nasty and in some cases potentially fatal – all of these parasites and the diseases they spread can be protected against by regular use of suitable preventative products available from vets.

    Watch our video where Sharron Davies starts the Tickbuster tour at the Ayr County Fair, alongside a panel of experts, to educate pet owners on how to keep their pets healthy this summer.

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    May 16th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles
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    Prime Minister Trudeau’s two-year-old son playing with their new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, Kenzie. Courtesy of Twitter (@JustinTrudeau)

    The Canadian Kennel Club congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family on their newest addition to the family, a Portuguese Water Dog named Kenzie. The breed is also a favourite with President Barack Obama, who has owned Portuguese Water Dogs since 2009.

    “This is the perfect breed for our Prime Minister and his Family,” said Donna Gottdenker, CKC Member and long-time Portuguese Water Dog breeder. “The breed is intelligent and can be trained to do just about anything that does not require fingers and thumbs, and they are resourceful, problem solvers, protective of family and of course very good looking.” Gottdenker has had great success with her Portuguese Water dogs, most notably, Platinum GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse, winner of 238 Best in Shows and multiple awards.

    The Portuguese Water Dog, originally bred to work with fisherman, was first recognized by CKC in April 1992. There were 877 Portuguese Water Dogs registered with CKC in 2015 and overall, the breed ranked as the 12th most popular CKC-registered breed last year.

    As always, the CKC strongly encourages prospective dog owners to give great consideration to the lifetime commitment required when caring for a dog, and guides prospective dog owners every step of the way, from deciding to buy a dog and choosing a breed, to finding a reputable breeder. CKC encourages everyone to buy a dog from a member in good standing with the CKC. As CKC members, our breeders agree to follow the CKC Code of Ethics, and CKC Code of Practice for Member Breeders which include a specific standard of health and welfare for their dogs. Although CKC does not recommend individual breeders, new buyers may contact CKC accredited Breed Clubs who can refer buyers to breeders in their area.

    CKC also encourages new dog owners and their dogs to attend obedience training and recommends the CKC Canine Good Neighbour Program as a good first step. The CGN program provides caring owners and their canine companions with a fun, rewarding experience that benefits the family home and the community at large.

    For more information about CKC’s 175 registered breeds, visit ckc.ca.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the Great North Dog Walk at the Leas in South Shields, Tyne and Wear on 5th June.

    Dogs and owners competing at the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017. 

    All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

    Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.  For entry criteria for each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.  

    When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

    Good characterGood healthGood personalityGood temperament with people and other dogsWell behaved

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.

    “The Scruffts heats are not only the perfect family day out, but an excellent chance to socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers in your local area. We are very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds from South Shields and the surrounding areas in action.”

    The Great North Dog Walk is an internationally recognised event which holds the world record as the largest dog walk ever held in 2011, which had 22,742 dogs. This year’s event, which aims to continue breaking records, is in aid of Cash4Kids and will be held on Sunday 5th June 2016 at the Leas, South Shields. The annual event was founded Tony Carlisle, a former local teacher, in 1990 and despite a series of health issues he is continuing his work on the event, raising as much money as possible for charitable causes. Tony was named as UK Fundraiser of the year by the International Fund for Animal Welfare for the second year running last year.

    Registration for the competition starts from 9am and the competition judging begins at 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the show’s chosen charity, Cash4Kids. There is no need to enter in advance, simply turn up on the day. Please remember Scruffts is limited to a maximum of 30 dogs per class, with class entries being taken on a first come, first served basis.

    James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the seventh year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.

    Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “We can’t wait to see what Tyne and Wear’s crossbreeds have to offer. Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine.

    “On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish all competitors the best of luck embarking on their exciting Scruffts journey.”

    For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day at Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan on 30th May.

    Dogs and owners competing at the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017.

    All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

    Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.  For entry criteria for each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

    When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

    • Good character
    • Good health
    • Good personality
    • Good temperament with people and other dogs
    • Well behaved

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.

    “The Scruffts heats are not only the perfect family day out, but an excellent chance to socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers in your local area. We are very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds from across South Wales in action.”

    The South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day is held on 30th May, featuring everything from spectacular dog display teams to entertaining fun and games.

    Registration for the competition starts from 10.30am and the competition judging begins at 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the show’s chosen charity, Kim’s Home, a sanctuary for elderly and abused dogs. There is no need to enter in advance, simply turn up on the day. Please remember Scruffts is limited to a maximum of 30 dogs per class, with class entries being taken on a first come, first served basis.

    James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the seventh year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.

    Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “We can’t wait to see what the Vale of Glamorgan’s crossbreeds have to offer. Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine.

    “On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish all competitors the best of luck embarking on their exciting Scruffts journey.”

    For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Following a number of queries received, relating to baiting exhibits in the ring at Kennel Club licensed events, the Kennel Club wishes to clarify its position.

    Baiting is the use of food or other items in the ring by handlers to encourage and keep the interest of their exhibits. Whilst this activity does not contravene Kennel Club Regulations, it should be carried out only in a discreet manner and not result in distracting or disturbing another exhibit.

    The Kennel Club has received a number of complaints that excessive amounts of food are being left on the floor in show rings which has, in some cases, ultimately affected the performance of other exhibits.

    The Kennel Club hopes that all participants at licensed shows will refrain from dropping food on the floor in the ring.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We ask that all exhibitors please take great care in the use of food, or any other item that may cause distraction, in the ring and make every effort to ensure that food is not dropped to avoid potentially distracting other exhibits, in the interests of fairness.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club wishes to clarify the procedure and options available to a society if a judge is ineligible to judge the number of classes scheduled for a breed.

    Regulation F(1)21.b.(1) states that ‘For non Challenge Certificate breeds at Championship Shows and for General Canine Society Open Shows, Affiliated Organisations Open shows and Breed Club Open Shows scheduling more than three breed classes for a particular breed (five classes for Stud Book Band E breeds), the selected Judge must, when appointed by the Club/Society, either:

    (a)Have previously been approved to award Challenge Certificates to the relevant breed and have not been declared ineligible to do so by the time of carrying out the appointment or

    (b)Be included on a Breed Council/Club B judges list or above. In the latter case before accepting such an appointment, the selected Judge must ensure that their name is included on a relevant Breed Council/Club judges list.’

    Exceptions to these requirements are judges resident in Northern Ireland for those shows held in the province, and overseas judges who are approved to judge the breed concerned at Championship level in the country in which they are domiciled.

    A judge must be eligible to judge the breed at the time of signing the contract and, by signing, the judge confirms that they are eligible to judge the breed.  However, should it subsequently become apparent that the judge is ineligible to judge the number of classes that they have been contracted for, this would result in them being unable to carry out their appointment. In this situation, the society has two options:

    If the schedule has not been printed, then it is acceptable for the society to amend the classification as required, to ensure the judge is eligible to judge the number of classes scheduled. The society would need to issue the judge with a new judging contract for the appropriate number of classes.

    If the schedule has been printed, it is suggested that the society allows the judge to withdraw from the contract so that it may find a suitably qualified judge. It is not possible to amend the schedule once it has been printed and if an ineligible judge then judges the scheduled classes, the matter may be referred to Committee for consideration and could result in sanctions being imposed on both the club and judge.

    Regulation F(1)8.d. states that no modifications may be made to the schedule except by permission of the General Committee of the Kennel Club and which must be followed by advertisement in the canine press. Therefore, it is not possible for societies to remove classes once the schedule has been printed.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “It is the joint responsibility of judges and show societies to ensure that judges are eligible for the number of classes scheduled.  

    “We are aware that some societies have removed classes in order to ensure that the judge does not have to withdraw from the contract, while in other cases societies have had to replace the judge.  Neither of these scenarios is in the best interests of exhibitors, so we would strongly urge show societies and judges to ensure the details are correct at the time the judging contract is signed.”

     

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Additional £25k granted to the Animal Health Trust to create larger and more powerful genome bank to improve dog health

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has granted a further £25,000 to Give a Dog a Genome, the pioneering initiative from leading UK veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT), to improve canine health by applying the latest genome sequencing technology to canine genetics research.

    The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT, which is run by Dr Cathryn Mellersh, is world-renowned for its genetic research to better understand, and eradicate, inherited diseases in purebred dogs. This is being achieved through developing highly sophisticated DNA tests which help dog breeders find suitable mates so that fewer puppies are born with known inherited conditions, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a blinding condition known to affect multiple breeds.

    Give a Dog a Genome aims to expedite this research by analysing the whole genome (2.4 billion letters of DNA) of dogs of different breeds to build up a canine genome bank as a permanent resource to aid future genetics research studies.

    The project was launched at the beginning of 2016 with a grant of £50,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. This was enough funding to sequence 25 genomes, or half the funding required to sequence the genomes of 50 different dogs. The AHT then used a crowdfunding technique to double the funding by asking breed communities to donate £1,000 to secure their breed one of the 50 places available on the project, helping to create the UK’s largest canine genome bank.

    Demand from breed communities to be included on the project has been extremely high.  The extra £25,000 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust will enable the AHT to expand the number of genomes, and breeds, to be included in the research. Now, one genome of 75 different breeds, instead of 50 breeds as originally proposed, will be sequenced via the same Kennel Club and breed community match-funded principle.

    This will create an even larger and more diverse canine genome bank which will be an invaluable tool for better understanding the basis of genetic diseases. All research findings will contribute towards the AHT’s ability to pinpoint changes in DNA which cause inherited disease in purebred dogs faster, to the potential benefit of all dog breeds.

    Dr Cathryn Mellersh, Head of the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT, said: “To be able to secure this additional funding is very exciting and means we’re able to both meet the demand from breed communities for this type of research, but also the more genomes we can sequence and learn from now, the more powerful these data are going to be. And that’s good news for all breeds of dog.

    “The main aim of this research is to gain a much better understanding of which DNA changes are neutral and those which are likely to have a negative effect on dog health, by using whole genome sequencing technology to look very closely at all 2.4 billion letters of DNA in a dog’s genome. We believe this will have profound effects on our ability to identify mutations which cause inherited diseases in purebred dogs, and the rate at which we can develop new DNA tests as tools for breeders in the future.

    “We’re really grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for continuing to support this project. The 75 places have already been filled for 2016 as so many breeds were keen to be included in this project when it was first launched. However, we have started a waiting list for those breeds who may want to be involved in Give a Dog a Genome next year if we’re able to run a ‘phase two’ of the project.” 

    Steve Dean, Chairman of Trustees at the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “We are very excited to announce this extra funding from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for the Give a Dog a Genome project.

    “The project will revolutionise canine genetics research and is a hugely important project for the future of dog health, and is another example of the pioneering and fantastic work being carried out by the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust.”

    For more information on the Give a Dog a Genome initiative, please visit www.aht.org.uk/gdg.

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Ahead of next month’s national elections (5 May), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and BVA’s Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Branches have launched three manifestos urging incoming parliamentarians to take action on animal health and welfare under a One Health agenda for government.

    BVA’s three manifestos were developed drawing on the expertise and experiences of BVA’s members working throughout the UK and in all areas of the veterinary profession, and makes clear recommendations in three key areas: safeguarding animal health, promoting animal welfare and recognising the vital role of veterinary surgeons.

    Each manifesto sets out almost 20 policy recommendations that provide a clear pathway towards improving animal health and welfare, and challenges the next governments to:

    • Protect the welfare of animals by requiring all animals to be stunned before slaughter to ensure they are insensible to pain and, where there is little or no non-stun slaughter carried out, the next government should introduce measures to label meat as stunned or non-stunned to allow consumers to make an informed choice.
    • Review their programmes to eradicate bovine TB – or, in the case of Scotland, retain its Officially Tuberculosis Free status – moving towards comprehensive programmes that include a regime of controls such as risk-based biosecurity measures, cattle controls, badger vaccination where appropriate and available, and the humane culling of badgers via cage trapping and shooting only.
    • Continue to support the One Health approach, as outlined in the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy, to increase collaboration and integration of the veterinary and medical professions to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials.
    • Ensure robust enforcement of existing legislation to tackle illegal import of puppies across borders due to the potential associations with disease, dog welfare and behavioural problems.
    • Ring-fence or increase the budget to retain the local role of the vet to support the provision of vital veterinary services, especially in hard to reach areas like the Scottish Highlands and Islands, and to ensure robust disease control and eradication strategies.
    • Embrace partnership working between government and the veterinary profession, recognising the unique skills, knowledge and expertise of veterinary surgeons across animal health and welfare and public health.

    BVA President Sean Wensley said:

    “As veterinary surgeons we are on the frontline caring for animals, detecting and treating disease, and undertaking pioneering research into animal and public health. We work at the cutting edge of science and at the heart of the communities in which we practise, guiding animal keepers and owners towards good animal welfare decisions and helping to maintain the strong human-animal bond.

    “The UK prides itself on high, continuously improving animal welfare standards and voters care deeply about animal health and welfare issues, so we urge the incoming national governments to include this in their agendas and champion the concept of One Health in recognition of the inextricable links between animals, humans, and our shared living environment. Through our daily work, and these manifestos, we believe vets are in a unique position from which to offer the next governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales evidence-based and informed advice and policy recommendations.”

    BVA’s manifestos will be sent to all candidates who are standing for election, relevant animal health and welfare government groups, BVA honorary associate MPs, Peers & MEPs, and respective Chief Veterinary Officers. Following the elections, BVA will also share the document with newly elected Members.

    For more information about the national election manifestos or BVA’s public affairs and campaigning work, please visitwww.bva.co.uk/News-campaigns-and-policy/Campaigns/

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    April 18th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is inviting dog lovers nationwide to take part in its new Bark and Bake campaign during National Pet Month, by holding a Bark and Bake sale during the last week of April (25th April – 2nd May 2016) to raise money for the Trust and help make a difference for dogs.

    The Kennel Club is holding its own bake sale on 25th April and staff will be baking goods for both dogs and their owners to raise funds for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust funds a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases, the promotion of support dogs and funding for dog welfare organisations, all of which give dogs a healthier, happier life.

    To arrange your own Bark and Bake sale, please visit www.kccharitabletrust.org.uk  for downloadable promotional material and recipes. Make sure to share your pictures of your bake off through the Kennel Club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages alongside the following hashtags #barkandbake on the day of your bake sale.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “National Pet Month promotes responsible pet ownership as well as raising awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of companion animals. Our pets are very important to us and really are a part of the family.

    “The aim of the Bark and Bake campaign is to merge people’s love of baking and their love of their dogs to raise money and awareness for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Anyone can get involved and we encourage as many people as possible to help us make a difference for dogs.”

    To set up a fundraising page in support of Bark and Bake, please visit http://bit.ly/1VsRCpD.

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