Sunday 16th July 2017
Kennel Club Building,
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ
The Irish Red and White Setter Club of GB are holding an eye
test at the Kennel Club Building on the same day as SEISC Champ Show. This is open to all Irish Setters attending
the show (and maybe other breeds as well).
1 dog - £55 each - extra dog(s) in the same ownership - £48.50 each.
If we can get 25 or more dogs at the session - £38 each. Dogs over 8
years old - £32 each.
DNA sample kits are available free. For more information or
to book an appointment time please telephone Ann Millington on 01782 502451
A big thank you
to those owners who have sent Buccal Swabs to the
Helsinki Epilepsy Research Project:
Another step forward has been taken in the
study of canine epilepsy.
In June 2015 Hannes Lohi’s team at Helsinki University published a
research paper in which the team concluded that their genetic data
as a common risk gene for idiopathic epilepsy in four unrelated dog breeds and that
further replication studies in additional breeds would be ongoing.
of the next phase of their research have recently been published in which they
studied the association of the ADAM23
gene with idiopathic or primarily genetic epilepsy in eight dog breeds. This research supports their first conclusion
and the results support the role of ADAM23 in several dog
breeds as a common risk gene for epilepsy with low penetrance but they believe
other, as yet unknown, factors may contribute to the disease risk.
frequencies in Pyrenean Shepherds, Miniature Pinschers and Irish Setters showed
a similar trend as in the other studied breeds, although the associations were
not statistically significant
the last four years around 40 DNA samples from UK Irish Setters which have been
diagnosed with epilepsy have been sent to Professor Hannes Lohi’s Canine
Genetics research group at the University of Helsinki. Samples from some 80
close family members of these dogs and some 40 older dogs which have not had
seizures have also been sent
would like to thank those owners who have submitted DNA samples as Irish
Setters were one of the 8 breeds studied with 22 cases and 46 controls and we
know that DNA samples from UK were used.
the full abstract go to:
If you would like to send DNA samples see our original page.
NEW PAGE FOR THE KC/AHT BLOAT SURVEY RESULTS
Give A Dog A Genome
Give a Dog A Genome is a recent initiative launched by the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT to create the UK's largest canine genome bank to help generations of dogs. This genome bank will improve dog health by radically increasing understanding of the canine genome. The aim is to sequence the entire genomes (all 2.4 billion letters of DNA) of 50 different dog breeds by the end of 2016. The AHT has been appealing to dog breed communities to donate £1000 towards this project and is matching each donation with funding provided by The Kennel Club Charitable Trust. In return, the breed will represent one of the 50 genomes sequenced and will help to make a significant contribution to the future of canine genetics research.
We are delighted that The Irish Red Setter Charitable Trust has funded this for our breed and have confirmation that we have been included in the 50 breeds. Sequencing the Irish Setter genome will aid future research into inherited disease. We look forward to hearing how the research progresses.
Further information can be found on the AHT website: www.aht.org.uk/gdg
Compulsory Microchipping Law with effect from 6th April 2016.
On 6th April 2016, in England, Scotland and Wales, it became law for all dogs to be microchipped.
All puppies must be microchipped before they are 8 weeks old and
it is illegal to sell a puppy which is not microchipped and part of a registered database.
The breeder must always be the first recorded keeper of the puppies.
All relevant documents, including microchip details, must be passed to the purchaser (keeper).
It is the keeper's responsibility to keep their details updated on the databases.
Caterpillar of the oak processionary moth.
Extract from an article on The Forestry Commission website:
People in parts of London and Surrey are being reminded not to approach caterpillars of the oak processionary moths which are now emerging from oak trees in these areas. They are also being advised to keep children and animals away from the caterpillars and their nests, because the caterpillars' hairs can cause itching skin rashes and other health problems. The public is urged to report any sightings.
Further information can be found at:
These caterpillars can cause serious health problems in dogs.
Joint Irish Setter Breed Clubs Health Committee
We have recently been informed of an Irish Setter in mainland Europe which has been confirmed as being PRA RCD-1 affected. Of course, since 2011 all Irish Setters registered in UK must be either tested clear or hereditarily clear, but this is not the case in other countries.
Our advice is that if you are importing an Irish Setter (or semen) into the UK, that you check its RCD 1 status.
Professor EJ Hall
Chairman, Joint Irish Setter Breed Clubs Health Committee
Hannes Lohi and his team at Helsinki University are
carrying out research into epilepsy in Irish Setters.
RESEARCH – DNA SAMPLES NEEDED!
See our article to find out if you can help.
Kennel Club/Animal Health Trust Genotyping Project
See the article giving information about this project from AHT
The AHT are investigating mystery New Forest Dog Deaths and are appealing to owners who walk in the Fordingbridge area of The New Forest
Please look at our article on Saying Goodbye.
Maybe you can help the breed.
Please look at the article on megaoesophagus and see if you can help.