Press Release

On the 25th January the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust launched the “Give a Dog a Genome” project and we are pleased to announce that our application to be included has been accepted. The £1000 donation for each breed is being matched by the Kennel Club. All nine Breed Clubs are fully supporting this research to create the UK’s largest Genome bank. This will be of considerable help in the understanding of the canine genome and improve canine health.

The aim is to sequence the entire genomes (consisting of 2.4 billion DNA letters) of 50 different breeds by the end of 2016. The Health sub-committee made its initial enquiry to the AHT in mid-February, securing a place subject to receipt of the donation. The uptake in the project by breeds has been extremely quick. The £1000 donation money came from the Breed Council (8 clubs) and the Great Dane Breeders and Owners. There are now over 70 breeds who have applied to join and in addition to the original 50 required, the AHT hope to move forward in 2017 with a further 25. It is understood that we are included in the first 50 to be sequenced.

For more information it is suggested that you visit the AHT website at www.aht.org.uk/gdg

Australian Great Dane Health & Lifestyle Survey 2015

We have received the following from Trish Neill of the Great Dane Lovers Association of Western Australia about a health and lifestyle survey she has carried out and published in July 2015.

“We conducted a broad spectrum health & lifestyle prevalence survey on 1,165 pure bred Great Danes in Australia. The population has already contributed to a number of clinical studies including one being carried out in the UK on Osteosarcoma. I am very excited that we now have the opportunity to contribute to some breed specific projects in Australia around key issues. As these commence we will be sharing more information. It is early days as we have only just met with the key scientist”.

It looks like a great deal of hard work has gone into producing it and our thanks must go to Trish for giving us access to her report which is available for download from

www.australiangreatdanehealthsurvey.com

Annual General Meeting – 21 March 2016

THE GREAT DANE BREED COUNCIL

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

WILL BE HELD AT THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS,
STAFFORD ST18 9AP (Jct 13 of M6)

ON MONDAY 21st MARCH 2016 AT 2.30 PM
Paid up members of the 8 participating breed clubs are
invited to attend

Enquiries to Mrs Olivia Bates, Secretary
01606 737444
email: secretary@danecouncil.org.uk

Dates for your diaries – 1st Nov 2015 Great Dane Health Day 2015

 THE GREAT DANE BREED COUNCIL

WILL BE HOLDING
THE 3rd GREAT DANE HEALTH DAY
ON
SUNDAY, 1st NOVEMBER 2015

AT

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL SMALL ANIMAL TEACHING HOSPITAL
LEAHURST, CHESTER HIGH ROAD, NESTON, Nr CHESTER, CH64 7TE
10 am for 10.30 start

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY
HANNAH STEPHENSON, BVMS(Hons), CertSAM, MRCVS – DCM

INHERITED MYOPATHY (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CENTRAL CORE MYOPATHY)
DR GEMMA WALMSLEY, MA VetMB, DipECVN, PhD, MRCVS RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

OSTEOSARCOMA IN GREAT DANES
MR BILL OXLEY, MA VetMB, DSAS(O), MRCVS

TICKETS: £20 (must be prepaid)
To include Buffet Lunch, Info Pack and Certificate of attendance

Tickets will be on sale shortly and can be obtained
from the Great Dane Health Co-ordinator Maria McGuinness
Hesketh Farm House, Spurriers Lane, Melling, Liverpool L31 1BA
0151 520 1527 / 07932532220
Email: dinahtron@aol.com
OR
Olivia Bates – 01606 737444 Email: liv@danemoor.com

Subject: DNA Clinic at the EACA Championship Show

Dear Breed Health Co-ordinators

I am writing to inform you of a DNA Clinic, organised by the East Anglian Collie Association (EACA) in conjunction with the Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation. The clinic will be held at the EACA’s Championship Show on Sunday 2nd August at Littleport Leisure Centre, CB6 1PU, and is open to all breeds.

The DNA tests will be carried out by Animal Genetics, with some tests offered at a discounted price. Click here for further information.

Please feel free to disseminate this information amongst your breeds by any means you deem appropriate.

If you have any queries with regards to the clinic, please contact Pat Hutchinson (tel. 01954231115, email: kcollies@ntworld.com).

Kind regards

Bonnie-Marie Abhayaratne

Health and Breeder Research Assistant
The Kennel Club

Great Dane DCM & Sudden Death Questionnaire

We have been asked by Dr Jo Dukes-McEwan from Liverpool University Small Animal Hospital for Great Dane owners to take part in a Survey they wish to do on Sudden Death in Great Danes, if you would like to take part, the survey can be accessed from Great Dane Survey and can be completed on-line, it should take about 10 minutes to complete.