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East Anglian OES Club

Founded 1979.

Breed Health

Dear Breed Health Co-ordinator,

The Kennel Club would like to inform you, on behalf of the Animal Health

Trust of an update on the Give a Dog a Genome:

project and an exclusive invitation for you from the Animal Health Trust.

We're pleased to report that in just two weeks since launching the Give a

Dog a Genome project close to 30 breeds have been in touch to register their

interest, and we now have donations from ten breeds whose DNA will be

sequenced as part of this project. These ten breeds are: Tibetan Terrier,

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, Pug, Briard, Large Munsterlander, Bedlington

Terrier, Finnish Lapphund, Hungarian Vizsla, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling

Retriever and Dachshund. Please note, the Tibetan Terrier and Grand Basset

Griffon Vendéen were signed up to the project ahead of its official launch

due to their involvement in other research projects at the AHT, and the Pug

genome was funded by an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, in

memory of Biggles, a very special Pug. This is a fantastic response and one

which we could not have anticipated. It is incredible to see such

overwhelming support for this project as the knowledge we have the potential

to gain from this genome bank will, in time, benefit all breeds, not just

those 50 that are included now.

Give a Dog a Genome Seminar, 2pm Friday 26th February, Animal Health TrustWe

would like to invite you all to attend a special Give a Dog a Genome seminar

at the Animal Health Trust on Friday 26 February. The seminar will start at

2pm and will be a great opportunity for you to find out more about the ins

and outs of this project, how we've piloted the technology and to ask the

Kennel Club Genetics Centre Team any questions you may have. This seminar

will be useful for breeds that have already signed up to support Give a Dog

a Genome and to those who have not yet decided. There will also be the

opportunity to discuss the next steps for the project, and if more than 50

breeds might be included. To reserve your place, please email

[email protected] mailto:[email protected]

Places will be limited to 50 due to the capacity of the AHT lecture theatre

and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We will, of

course, be at Crufts again this year and so if you are unable to attend the

seminar you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the project


If demand for the seminar is extremely high, we will try to arrange

another one at the Kennel Club facilities in Stoneleigh in April.


faithfully, Dr Cathryn Mellersh.  

The Animal Health Trust


Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia PCD

Primary Ciliary Diskinesia leads to respiratory issues. About 17% of Old English Sheepdogs are carriers of the gene responsible for the disease. A reliable DNA test can screen stud dogs and brood bitches, in order to adapt matings and avoid birth of affected puppies and spread of the disease in the breed.

Bone Conditions

Oes can suffer from Hip Dysplasia, dogs should be hip tested at an age of about 14 mths and bitches at the age of 12 mths under the joint BVA/KC Scheme. The breed average for OES is 10 anything over that then the dog or bitch should not be bred from.


The BVA/KC offers eye screening for Inherited eye disease. OES are tested for Hereditary Cataracts and are scored, Affected or Clear. Oes that are affected should not be bred from.

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To be held at St Marys Community Hall, Church Lane, Sawston CB22 3JR on Sunday 20th Nov 2016 time 01:30pm


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