11 January 2019 – Breed Notes

Boston Championship Show kicked off the show calendar for the championship shows for 2019. Boston is very close to our hearts with lovely memories of Travis’s BIS and I am sure as always the committee gave their all in making the show a special one for the exhibitors.

This year the Papillon judge had travelled from Southern Ireland to go over our lovely breed. Marie Thorpe was taking the helm and I sincerely hope she enjoyed her day going over the dogs. This year Boston would be a highlight for Carol Lees (Lafford) as she was judging her first Toy Group, indeed a memorable moment for herself and Brian. No doubt Brian captured every second on camera.

Marie Thorpe’s principal winners for the day were as follows: DCC /BOB Kirsty Miller and Evan Ryan’s Ch Feorlig Smart Pants JW shCM and also BP and TPGP1with Feorlig Smart Cookie under Toy Puppy group judge Keith Pursglove. Estelle Kirk had a wonderful day taking the double in the bitches, BCC with Ablazzor Angel Delight at Kirkchase and RBCC with Ch Iotastar’s Forever Autumn at Kirkchase. Lesley Morton took the RDCC with Ablazzor King of Spades and of course she also bred the BCC, so a lovely day for Lesley too. Congratulations to you both. Best Special Beginners Miss M Holmes’s Elfuago Booyah who went on to take Special beginners TGP3 under Mr Colin Ashmore. I hope everyone present had a good day and enjoyed themselves.

On the Open Show front Gill Breen has been flying the Papillon flag at full mast with her youngster Amicae Highland Glen who is now 9 months old. At the Cambuslang Canine Club he took BOB and TPGP1 under the judge Ian Miller (Turnlaw). Livingston Canine Society a very good TPG2, judge Cathy Allan (Allanbru) he also took a first place in the Puppy Stakes under judge Mrs Nancy Evans (Amazon), and lastly Kilmarnock DCA Best of Breed under Jackie Pritchard and then a TGP3 and TPGP1 under TGP judge Angela Skelton( Adnamashan). Well that is a proud record for both the owner Gill Breen and breeder Mary Whitehill, I am sure they must both be delighted.

Susie and Margaret Orchard had success at Taunton & DCA. Ringklands Yoko’s Solo at Panspayon ShCM took BOB and TGP4 and their youngster Panspayon Gold Fever BPIB and a TPGP2. Finishing off her puppy career on a high note. Hazel Malcolm took a RBOB with Feorlig It Must’ve Been Love. The judge was Mr Laurie Hunt (Setthornes).

News has come in from our Breed Council secretary Ted Whitehill from The Kennel Club. NEW DNA TESTING PROGRAMME FOR PAPILLONS. The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing programme for neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD) in Papillons following consultation with the breed’s health co-ordinator on behalf of the breed clubs.
NAD in Papillons is an early onset neurodegenerative disease involving severe swelling of nerve fibres. Affected puppies begin to show clinical signs of the disease at a very young age, typically between one and four months. Initial clinical signs include head tremor, wobbly gait and inability to stand and walk, progressing to cerebellar ataxia, inability to eat, blindness and deafness. Most affected individuals do not survive beyond the age of seven to eight months.

To find out which laboratories the Kennel Club is able to record results from, and which labs will send results direct to the Kennel Club, please refer to the worldwide DNA testing list at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/worldwide-dna-tests/.
The Kennel Club constantly reviews DNA testing schemes and programmes in conjunction with breed clubs to ensure that breeders are supported with resources which help them to make responsible breeding decisions. The Kennel Club works alongside breed clubs and breed health coordinators in a collaborative effort to improve the health of pedigree dogs and is happy to accommodate a club’s request to add a new DNA test to its lists. A formal request from the breed’s health coordinator or a majority request from the breed clubs is normally required to do this.

Test results will be added to the dog’s registration details which will trigger the publication of the result in the next available Breed Records Supplement. The result will appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog, and also on the Health Test Results Finder on the Kennel Club website. Results for dogs already tested can also be recorded, but owners will need to submit copies of the DNA certificates themselves.

If the owner includes the original registration certificate for the dog (not a copy) then a new registration certificate will be issued, with the DNA result on it, free of charge. DNA test certificates should be sent to Breeder Services, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB or scanned and emailed to health.results@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Look after yourselves on the road when travelling to the shows and please let me know your news.