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Midland Border Terrier Club February Open Show

The Midland Border Terrier Club Open Show will be held on Sunday 6th February 2022 at Asfordby Acres, Hoby Road, Asfordby, nr Melton Mowbray, Leics LE14 3TL

The Judge is Mr Peter Armstrong (Atron)




The Midland Border Terrier Club “deferred” Championship Show

The Midland Border Terrier Club Championship Show (2020) was held on Friday, 24th September 2021 at THE MARGARET EVERTON PAVILION
Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford ST18 0BD

176 for 203 plus 7 NFC.

The Judges were, Dogs: Anne Gregory (Remony) Bitches: Liz Wright (Totherend) (subj. to KC approval) Referee: Kathy Newsome (Kighill)

Re-start of DNA Testing for SLEM in the UK

Further to the previous announcement from the Breed Health Group, it would seem that there is some confusion as to why applications for SLEM tests to be carried out by the Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) are being routed via the Health Group and the Border Terrier Club, and not directly to the KCGC at Cambridge.

To clarify once more – the Border Terrier Club and the Border Terrier Breed Health Group are dealing with the detailed order taking, charging for and distribution of DNA testing kits at the request of the Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC). This is because the Cambridge Team, though ready to carry out the tests, has not yet been able to set up the appropriate administration, ordering, charging and distribution systems necessary before opening its DNA testing service for general business. The involvement of the Border Terrier Health Group and the Border Terrier Club was agreed as a way of speeding up by several months, the re-introduction of DNA SLEM Testing in the UK.

Dr Cathryn Mellersh at the KCGC has said that if anyone has any questions as to the methods being used in this interim period, she is happy to answer them.

Meantime it is confirmed that in the first week following the announcement of the system, a total of 22 testing kits have been requested and despatched to Border Terrier owners.

Please click for the update:
BHG Website

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.