Breed Council Meeting 10/10/10 – Press Release
The Dachshund Breed Council met on Sunday 10th October with 15 Clubs present and 4 sending apologies.
Health and Welfare:
The Wirehaired Dachshund Club reported that nearly one hundred DNA samples from Mini Wire Dachshunds had been sent to Canada for Lafora Testing. The results should be available by the end of October and a summary will be published on the Club’s website. After that point it will be possible to decide on a suitable course of action with regard to re-establishing a full Clear/Carrier/Affected test for UK breeders.
The Miniature Club reported on the results of the research screening of 106 Mini Wires for cord1 PRA carried out by the AHT. The cord1 mutation was found in 20% of MWHDs but just under 3% were “Affected” and the Council agreed to recommend cord1 testing to all MWHD breeders. The Council expressed its gratitude to the AHT for their support in this programme.
The Chairman reported on a meeting held with the KC to discuss the viability of implementing an X-ray screening programme for Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), based on an approach currently being adopted in Scandinavia. It was recommended not to pursue this approach for a number of practical reasons, but to support the investigation of DNA samples to attempt to identify a DNA screening test.
The Breed Council has kindly been given the rights to distribute copies of the DodgersList IVDD DVD. This will be available soon at a nominal cost, including a donation to DodgersList from every sale.
Judges List 2011:
The Council is compiling its Judges List for 2011 and confirmed a policy not to include any judge who failed to submit a critique within a reasonable time-scale after judging.
CVs from people wishing to be considered for inclusion in the 2011 Lists should be sent to the Secretary before the end of November 2010.
Lovaine Coxon (Smooth Club) updated the Council on progress of the Mentoring Scheme which had had 5 candidates participating in 2010. Feedback had been extremely positive and Clubs agreed to support candidates who were able to demonstrate progress and commitment, by offering them Breed Club judging appointments, where possible.
Four Seminars and/or A2 Assessment events had been run by Clubs and the Council in 2010 and more are planned for 2011. A new two-page illustrated “Quick Guide” to the Breed Standard has been produced and will be available for download from the Council’s website.
Further information will be published in a Breed Council Newsletter and a full set of Minutes will be published on the Council’s website.
Further information: Lesley Brown, Secretary