Breed Health – Survey for Border Terrier Owners

Please click on the pdf icon to read a letter from Mark Dunning, a veterinary specialist working for the Willows Veterinary Group and a Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham. He and some colleagues have an interest in Gall Bladder Mucocoele (GBM) in Border Terriers. His letter is self explanatory and below is a link to the on-line questionnaire mentioned in his letter.

The Midland Border Terrier Club Championship Show

There were 81 dogs making 95 entries, 103 bitches making 120 entries, giving a total of 184 dogs making 215 entries. In addition there are 8 dogs entered NFC giving a grand total of 192 dogs making 215 entries.

The Midland Border Terrier Club Championship Show was held on Sunday 5th August 2018, at Asfordby Acres, Hoby Road, Asfordby, nr Melton Mowbray, Leics LE14 3TL

The Judges were as follows, Dogs: Jimmy Gilpin (Otterbobs) Bitches: Hilary Gilpin (Otterbobs) Referee: Tez Tuck (Nettleby)

Midland Border Terrier Club Championship Show Results & Critique

The Championship show is kindly sponsored by Royal Canin


Health and Breed information leaflets.

There were several leaflets available on all 4 days of Crufts on the Discover Dogs stand.  They contain comprehensive info on SLEM/SPS and other issues being looked into.  These can now be downloaded from the Border Terrier Club website and can be printed and given to Vets, prospective owners etc.

Please scroll down on the link below.
The Border Terrier Club

Breeding Advisory / Testing your Border for SLEM

The club recommends all Border Terriers should be tested priory to mating to check their status in terms of the gene that causes SLEM / Shaking Puppy Syndrome.

Spongiform LeucoEncephaloMyelopathy (SLEM), sometimes referred to as Shaking puppy syndrome, affects the puppies from the time they begin to support weight and attempt to walk.

Border Terriers affected by SLEM show severe tremors predominately in the hind limbs, this creates a side to side shaking.

The link below takes you to the Animal Health Trust web site where you can purchase the test kit.

Animal Health Trust

Dogs carrying this mutation can be breed from safely to avoid producing affected puppies. Carriers of the mutation should be mated to dogs that have a clear result; such a mating will not produce any puppies affected with SLEM

On average, 50% of such a litter will be clear and 50% carriers; there can be no affected dogs produced from such a mating. Please note these percentages apply to a statistically significant number of puppies. The distribution does vary from litter to litter.

Pups which will be used for breeding can themselves be DNA tested to determine whether they are clear or carriers of SLEM.

Health Update CECS / PGSD

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