Firstly reminder to everyone it is the club open show this Saturday with a splendid entry of 56 for Lisa Samson to go over. The club are trying a new idea by having the BAD in the morning and then show in the afternoon so that those participating in the BAD/MCE can then have an opportunity to follow up their learning by watching the judging in the afternoon. Veronica White and her team will be in the kitchen doing sterling work and would welcome any donations of food to sell, and of course the usual plea for donations to the raffle please!
From January 2022, the Kennel Club will limit the assignment of ‘hereditary clear’ status of registered dogs to two generations. This change is important for us with the greyhound neuropathy (GN) tests that our breed currently undergoes. Hereditary clear status is given to dogs that are determined to be free of specific genetic material linked to a particular inherited disease (GN). The Kennel Club’s registration system assigns a dog this status if their parents are known to be clear, either because they have both been DNA tested as clear, or because they are hereditary clear themselves. Therefore, although not compulsory, anyone thinking of breeding their greyhound needs to take this into account and get their dogs tested if more than 2 generations hereditary clear. The Kennel Club website says ‘Dogs could be mistakenly given a false hereditary clear status for a number of reasons; for example if there has been a failure of laboratory protocols, pedigree errors or incorrectly recorded parentage. In these instances it is unlikely that the inaccuracies would be noticed immediately, but rather that several generations later many dogs throughout the breed descended from the individual with the original incorrect status will also have erroneous hereditary status, and the well-intended mating of two such apparently hereditary clear dogs risks producing affected puppies.’
Denise Issac judged the breed at South Wales where we have sadly lost our CC allocation due to the addition of extra all CC shows. From her entry Denise chose for her BB/BOB Elaine Newshams Ch Europa Decuma via Windspiel (Imp), and fantastic to see her go onto group 3 under hound group judge Pam Marston Pollock. Reserve best bitch was Sara Heaths Ch Boughton Back to Blighty ShCM and best male was Michelle Wests Windspiel Northern Stroller to Gemsbok. I don’t know what the weather was like, but certainly in my corner of the UK it has been rain, rain and more rain!
Apologies to Kathy Skinner for missing off her and Nigel’s BAVNSC win and group 4 placing under judge Bev Jackson at Bedford Canine Society recently – belated well done! Also on the open show seen I see Maria Hills and ‘the duchess’ enjoyed a day out at Hitchin Show where she was BOB and group 2. Please do send me the details of the judges etc. if you have a nice day out!
Lastly final reminder that on line entries shut 21st October for LKA where Helen Rishworth is judging.
More than 2,500 responses to the Kennel Club’s survey on the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) have been registered since it was launched, so we are now in the last few days for you to register any comments you may have. To do so you can go to bit.ly/JCFSurvey to answer the survey online. The deadline for completing is Friday, October 18.