KENNEL CLUB INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP OBEDIENCE STATUS

The Kennel Club wishes to advise obedience competitors that Cippenham (Slough) Dog Training Club and Midlands Border Collie Club have relinquished their championship obedience status with effect from 2019.

Any society which would be interested in applying for future championship obedience status should submit a presentation for consideration. Please note that it will be necessary to select a date that does not coincide with another championship obedience show. An application from a club which already holds a championship obedience show will also be considered.

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THE KENNEL CLUB ISSUES ALABAMA ROT WARNING TO DOG OWNERS

The Kennel Club is warning dog owners to be vigilant as the peak season for the Alabama rot disease sets in.

The condition, also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, or CRGV, was first detected in the UK in 2012 and is most prevalent between November and May.

Only appearing to affect dogs, the disease damages the lining of blood vessels in the skin and kidney, resulting in ulceration of the skin and kidney damage. The condition can affect any breed or age of dog and a proportion can go on to develop severe, acute kidney failure, which is often fatal.

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Future Kennel Club strategy and direction discussed at special general meeting

At the Special General Meeting of the Kennel Club, held on 6 November, more than 300 members gathered to discuss the future direction of the Kennel Club and to hear about the KC strategy in relation to health, education and communications.

A special agenda item took up the majority of the discussion on the day, which enabled members to discuss issues raised by some members in recent months in relation to three Board members.

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KCGCDS Special Pre Stakes -Northern S/F Results

Results from the KCGCDS Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Northern Semi Finals held on 11.11.2018 in Penicuik, Edinburgh. Judge Annette Benoist.

Semi Final A

1st Sharon Bush & Mist Naughty Spots (Working Sheepdog)
2nd Fiona Matheson & Isle of Duira (Miniature Schnauzer)
3rd Janine Grinshill & Great Gifted Sunshine Lad ( Labrador)
4th Robyn Lewis & Pete’s Mischevious Maisy ( West Highland White Terrier)
5th Margaret Graham & Whey Hey Millie ( Working Sheepdog)

Semi Final B

1st Yvonne Mills & Marvels Map of the Mountains ( croccbreed)
2nd Shaun McKitrick & Alberdale Isaac Schafer (GSD)
3rd Daisy Mulcahy & Helter Skelter Belter Ben (Working Sheepdog)
4th Sara Killelay & Pitter Patter Parsnip (Border Collie)
5th Abi Edwards & Bernhard the Great
(Labrador)

The above teams have all qualified for the Grand Final due to be held at Crufts 2019 on Saturday 9th March.

Cippenham relinquish Ticket

It is with regret that Cippenham (Slough) DTC have decided that we will no longer be holding an Obedience Show. We have informed the Kennel Club and relinquished our Ticket. For the last few years the club has struggled to cover the costs of the show. Venues in the South East are difficult to find and very expensive. Then there is the constant struggle to find judges, stewards etc etc. All in all it is time for us to call it a day.

Sandra Phillips

NEW DNA TESTING PROGRAMME FOR BORDER COLLIES

The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing programme for severe sensory neuropathy (SN) in Border Collies, following consultation with the breed’s health co-ordinator on behalf of the breed clubs.

SN is a severe neurological disease caused by the degeneration, primarily of sensory, but also of motor nerve cells.  Affected Border Collies usually show an onset of disease from two to seven months of age; signs include knuckling of the feet, self-mutilation wounds (caused by excessive chewing or licking as a result of the lack of sensation in the limbs) and progressive ataxia (incoordination of gait).  The loss of sensation progresses in all four limbs.  Regurgitation and urinary incontinence can occur in the later stages of the disease.  The prognosis is poor, quality of life is severely affected and there are no effective treatments; Border Collies with SN are euthanased on welfare grounds before they reach two years of age.

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Announcement: Kennel Club approves rally regulation amendments as result of large scale review

The Rally working party undertook a full review of the Rally regulations to identify changes that would help build on the success Kennel Club Rally has had in its first six years and continue this success in the future.

The Kennel Club Board has now approved the amendments proposed as a result of this review.

Throughout the review, the working party was committed to ensuring the discipline’s future as an activity for all dogs and handlers, which is reflected in the changes.

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