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Oct 26

The Midland Border Terrier February 2021 Open Show

It is with regret that the officers and committee of The Midland Border Terrier Club Show have decided to cancel the February 2021 open show.

Due to Government guidelines regarding social distancing and public gatherings, which are doubtful to be lifted in the very near future, there really is no option.

As well as all of this and most important we are mindful that the health and well being of all of our exhibitors, judges, stewards, and helpers is of paramount importance.

It is very disappointing for everyone but health and safety comes before a dog show and we look forward to seeing you at some point in 2021.

The Club have rearranged the 2020 Championship Show to be at The Birmingham National Dog Show on terrier day, 6th May 2021. The Midland ring will be adjacent to the Birmingham National Border Terrier ring with opposite sex’s judged in parallel.

This change of date has been approved by the KC and is subject to any restrictions relating to Government / KC advice on Covid-19

Sep 4

Border Terrier Hereditary Cataract

Hereditary cataract. Last year the Border Terrier was removed from the list due to the low number of affected dogs which had been found.

This might sound like a positive move but in reality so few dogs were actually screened that it probably did not give a true representation of the possible incidence of this condition within the breed.

Hereditary cataracts are known to be present in many breeds and although there is some difference in the appearance of the cataract and the means of inheritance between breeds they can be broadly divided into two categories; juvenile where the changes can be seen within the first few months of life and late onset where changes aren’t usually present until between 3 and 7 years of age. Juvenile cataracts will usually be present and of similar size in both eyes and will often lead to significant sight loss or total blindness by 2 to 3 years of age if left untreated. Late onset hereditary cataracts may be unilateral or bilateral, vary in shape and in the speed at which they progress often taking quite a few years before they significantly interfere with vision. By the time they become apparent affected animals may well already have been bred from.

Please click this link to read the full article on the BHG website.

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Aug 17

Breeding Advisory from The Breed Health Group

The demise of the Animal Health Trust along with various Covid-19 restrictions has caused a serious pause in the testing of Border Terriers for SLEM.

We are pleased to confirm that Dr Cathryn Mellersh is hoping that the Genetics Centre Team will be able to restart testing in the Autumn and that she hopes by then to be based at Cambridge University.

In the meantime the Border Terrier  Breed Health Group recommends that anyone breeding Border Terriers should take care that if they have a bitch that is not known to be clear either hereditarily or by testing, they should only use a stud dog that is confirmed as ‘clear’.  In such circumstances the progeny should be registered at the Kennel Club with an endorsement ‘Progeny not Eligible for Registration’.  This endorsement will be able to be removed when either the mother is tested clear or the puppy itself is tested.

Failure to use a ‘clear’ stud dog in these circumstances risks the litter being affected by SLEM. 

We will announce as soon as we become aware that testing in the UK has restarted.