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Lucy looking lovely

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Ben at 5 years 1995

Ben at 5 yrs (2)

Cilla aged 9

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Breed Record Holder 2009 - 2014

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Harry on walk

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Gloria gets her CC

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Kristen at Home

Kristen at Home


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Young Sparkey

Sparkey 3

Selina 2005

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Lancashire Heeler Health


Important Information from The Kennel Club Registration
Department  See new film
Dogs - A Healthy Future

Read Article ' Epilepsy or Not ' by Loulou Eklund Kennel Tumlux
from Sweden

Advice on DNA Testing puppies for PLL  click here  (Mating a Clear to
                                                                                            a Carrier)

The three articles below are all on the same page

Advice on how to Register Hereditary Clear puppies with the Kennel

Advice on what to do with PLL 'Research Results' for dogs who have
given blood over the years

Animal Health Trust update on DNA testing June 2010

link to KC Databases for Clear, Carriers and Affected 
lists for DNA tested Lancashire Heelers


To come back to this page from the above pages click on the blue back button at the top
left of the page

Below is a Link to theKC Database for individual dogs tested under
the BVA scheme over the years
Also Link to the new Mate Select program  below


Important News

The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT issues mid-term report

The Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has issued an update report highlighting the significant progress the centre has made.
Since being established, in March 2009, the KCGC has focussed on helping dog breeders to reduce or eradicate inherited disease from their breeds. This has been achieved through the development and provision of essential tools which minimise the risk of breeding affected puppies.

Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics at the AHT, said: "The creation of the KCGC has been a huge step forward into inherited disease research in dogs. The Centre has helped to focus attention on this important area and without the support of the Kennel Club and all the various breed clubs and individual breeders, we would not have made so much progress."

Five different mutations associated with diseases in 20 breeds of dog have been identified.  For all of these mutations, DNA tests have been developed at the AHT. Breeders are now able to find out whether their dog is clear or carries the mutation by supplying DNA to the AHT genetic services laboratory through a simple cheek swab. Thanks to the development of these tests the carrier status of more than 11,000 dogs, in the UK and across the world, has been established.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director said: "By committing 1.2 million pounds to the Kennel Club Genetics Centre to investigate the mutations responsible for inherited diseases, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has helped make big strides towards eradicating inherited diseases across a number of breeds. The Genetics Centre is making excellent progress in helping to enable breeders to ensure that only healthy dogs are used in future breeding plans. "The funding given by the Charitable Trust is also helping scientists at the Genetics Centre to conduct research into developing wider breeding strategies to improve the general health of dogs and maintain genetic diversity in our pedigree breeds."

As well as individual dogs, whole breeds are also benefiting. The development of estimated breeding values (EBVs) enables whole dog populations to be evaluated for the risk of inherited disease - even if individuals have not been scanned or DNA tested themselves. The Centre currently has EBV projects underway looking at hip and elbow dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers and syringomyelia and mitral valve disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Maintenance of genetic diversity is another important issue being addressed by the Centre, one which lies at the heart of the popular Mate Select service recently launched by the Kennel Club on its website.

Sarah Blott, Head of Quantitative Genetics at the AHT, said: "The development of the Mate Select service is an important step forward and, I think, in time its value to dog breeders will become more and more obvious as we create more tools to add to it.

"In terms of breeding solutions, I hope the service will become a one-stop shop for all, enabling dog breeders to ensure, as far as possible, the good health of the puppies they produce."

The KCGC set out to investigate a number of inherited diseases between 2009 and 2013. There is still much for the Centre to achieve. It is currently investigating the genetics of a wide range of inherited conditions, including idiopathic epilepsy in Border Collies and hereditary cataract and progressive retinal atrophy in many breeds, including Siberian Huskies, Miniature Schnauzers and Tibetan Spaniels.

For further information on the progress of the KCGC, dog breeders are encouraged to download the mid-term report for free from either the AHT or Kennel Club websites.



CEA is a condition that a puppy is born with.  There are several aspects to CEA and it is the subject of on-going research. CEA is an ‘umbrella’ term which covers several conditions, all within the spectrum of CEA. They include CH (choroidal hypoplasia) coloboma, retinal detachments and intraocular detachments (in very extreme cases). CEA/CH causes abnormal development of the choroid, an important layer of tissues under the retina.  It can be diagnosed when a litter is screened at 6 to 8 weeks of age, Litter screening only has one diagnosis which shows if the puppy is affected  To determine whether the puppy is either clear or a carrier a DNA test for Choroidal Hypoplasia is available by blood test from a company in the US called Optigen.

Coloboma  is a 'pin' prick in the eye tissue layers this condition is rare and can be diagnosed by the opthamic vetinary surgeon, the coloboma in most cases are not obvious until the dog reaches an age of 18 months. Research into Coloboma continues at several laboratories.

Please note that the Optigen test is for Choroidal Hypoplasia only.


This manifests itself as a ‘cobweb’ over the eye and is the remnant of the blood vessels that fed the eyes when the puppy was in the womb. They usually disappear by the time the pup is 6-10 weeks old but sometimes small pieces remain, called ‘tags’. They cause the dog no distress.









Golden Oldies

In these side panels are pics of dogs who are no longer shown, hope you enjoy seeing these oldies.

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Heskey by Hannie

Foxthyme Heskey 3

Taffy on his chair

Taffy on his chair

Sammy at home

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Breed Record Holder 2014

Ch Doddsline Daffodil at Welshmoor

Liver & Tan bitch

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Pip about 1990

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Champion Oliver

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Having a rest

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Lord at Show

Lord at Show

Tracy looking smart

Golden Oldies 10

Gladys having a look

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Duke at Show

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