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STUD BOOK BANDS 2015

Stud Book bands outline the various levels of qualification criteria which have to be achieved for a dog to gain its Stud Book Number- an award which will qualify a dog for entry at Crufts.

The bands are divided into 5 levels, and breeds are assigned their band on an annual basis. A dog can gain a Stud Book Number in various ways, through winning a Challenge Certificate or a Reserve Challenge Certificate or having gained a specific award in one of the classes in their band at a Championship Show where CC's are on offer for the breed.

A Stud Book Number can also be awarded to a dog having qualified for it's Junior Warrant. CC's, Reserve CC's and Junior Warrants qualify in all bands.

The Stud Book Bands are reviewed annually using entry statistics gathered from General, Group and Breed Club Championship shows over the previous two years. The totals are then averaged out and applied to a scale which determines which Stud Book Band the breed falls into.

For 2015 it is confirmed that the Great Dane will be in Stud Book Band C. This means 1st/2nd in Open Class or 1st in Limit Class.

 

Our committee received a letter of thanks from the Animal Health Trust after the M&Wof EGDC donated £750 to help in their research for inherited genetic risk factors relating to Osteosarcoma in Great Danes

Please click HERE to view letter.  (Apologies for the poor quality of the image)

With the aim of increasing entries and encouraging new exhibitors the KC, after a two-year consultation, has revealed the names of the six new ‘All Breed’ shows where all breeds will be allocated CCs – Bath, Darlington, LKA, Leeds, Manchester and Windsor, which will join Crufts, Birmingham National, Welsh Kennel Club and Scottish Kennel Club May show.

It has been brought to the attention of the GDBC that some ill advised people have been using various social media platforms to abuse, and bully. It must be known that this reflects badly on the perpetrators and will not be tolerated. For guidelines and advice regarding this, please click here Kennel Club Issues Advice On Social Media Use and Facebook Rules and be aware that there will be consequences, and extreme cases of threat or bullying will be reported to the legal authorities

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


The Kennel Club have approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Inherited Myopathy in Great Danes (IMGD)/Hereditary Myopathy/Centronulcear Myopathy (HMLR,CNM) This is something within our control and, with careful breeding programs, can be eradicated from our breed. The test being done is Centronuclear myopathy (CNM) for inherited myopathy or, in the old days, central core myopathy. Laboklin does the test for mutation in the BIN1 gene.

Genetic Tests  may also be carried out for coat colour testing   LISTS OF UK LABORATORIES

The Kennel Club has confirmed that from 1st August 2018, any DNA health test result submitted for inclusion on its database must have at least two forms of identification on the result certificate.   

It will be mandatory to include the dog’s microchip or tattoo number along with either the dog’s registered name or registered number. Any test results that do not carry these identifying features will not be accepted.

This brings the recording of DNA test results in line with those health tests carried out by the British Veterinary Association.



On 9/9/2018 Mr Neil Morgan was unanimously voted in as our Acting Secretary due to Sarah Tempests reluctant resignation from the post, having upcoming surgery and other commitments. Sarah will be staying on the committee in her role as Social Secretary            

                                                    

Neil would like to introduce himself to you all…..


I have been involved in the dog world since the age of 12. A long time ago………

My chosen breed way back then was Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, “Hywillhaze”. I lived in the same village as the late great Molly Cocker, “Homerbrent”. We would travel to many a show together and in those days many a trip was on a dog coach. I remember vividly leaving Newton Abbot railway station at 11pm at night to make it to the championship shows of Scotland.

I took a sabbatical from dog showing to raise a family and have returned to the world of Great Danes. This is entirely my wife’s fault who has wanted one since the age of seven. We have both fallen totally in love with the breed and could now not foresee living without one.

However, my involvement within the dog scene was still strong, helping my parents run the Devon County Dog Show (3-Day event) these past 35 years. My mother judges in the Toy and Utility groups at championship shows and my late father was Group steward at Crufts, Windsor and Richmond shows.

Not much has changed over the years, except the drastic full in numbers. Whilst this is undoubtedly due to many reasons, expense probably being high on the list. The sheer vast array of breeds on offer today has clearly contributed.

It is with Great Honour that I take on the reins of Secretary (Acting) and will commit 100% enthusiasm to the role. We have a great team at M&WEGDC that I know will help and assist and many a helping hand I have found within the Great Dane community as well.

I appreciate we have different opinions and debate is always healthy but let us not forget we are all volunteers and we all love our Great Danes. It is particularly important to me that Great Dane clubs work together and support each other, we are after all on the same side.

Kind regards

Neil Morgan