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There has been a series of articles in The Countryman's Weekly from John Glover about the Rothbury Terriers, the connection between the Bedlington and the Dandie and how they evolved to become separate breeds, and how the Dandie was introduced along the years to many other Terriers. The final article was about Alf Rhodes, who many older exhibitors will remember. He was a dyed in the wool working Terrier man who's first Dandie was Drevaburn Peewit, a pepper bitch in 1972 from Misses Soutter & Greenlees. Cindy as she was known was a small bitch who was a cracking hunter who feared nothing. Lynn, his daughter, tells a story about Cindy killing a hedgehog - not a job for the faint hearted - but they found 2 hoglets from the female which they took home. Remarkably Cindy cared for and suckled them. She never killed a hedgehog again. Alf, or Happy as he was known, was President of the DDTC and a committee member for many years. He was also a Championship Show judge.   The Southern DDTC held its AGM and Open Show at Cricklade Town Hall. The judge was Cynthia Ray who had an excellent entry of 48 dogs. She found her Best Dog & Best In Show in Cloverwood Midnight Blue (Cloverwood Blues And Royals ex Cloverwood Funny Valentine) owned by Jean Edwards, handled by Meriel France and bred by Glen Tinsley. This was a repeat of the result in 2017. Best Bitch, Best Puppy and Reserve Best In Show went to Meriel's own bitch, Miss Sophie Di Luna Caprese at Torbrae. Reserve Best Dog went to Dainty Dandies River Mersey at Lenacourt owned by Vera Harcourt Morris with Liz Jacka Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May getting Reserve Best Bitch. Best Veteran was Beverly Deacon’s Cassencarrie Miss Grace at Pennywave. This years's Dandie Lines magazines were given out to members and others will receive theirs shortly through the post.   The following weekend saw the DDTC hold its AGM and Open Show at Newchurch Parish Hall. Well known terrier man Colin Powell was the judge with a good entry of 35 dogs. He awarded Best Dog and Best In Show to Julie Booth’s Ch. Borderstone Kingman for Lannia (Hawkesmill Indigo from Reidswire ex Ch. Cloverwood Day By Day at Schalulleke ) bred by Wendy Weatherstone. Best Bitch was Cloverwood Duchess May ShCM owned by Liz Jacka Slater and bred by Glen Tinsley. Best Puppy In Show was Glen’s Cloverwood Non Negotiable from minor puppy, with Ch. Cassencarrie Miss Grace at Pennywave going Best Veteran again.   Don't forget to get your adverts in for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club Magazine. Harriet Buckley is collating adverts, articles etc. Please e-mail to adverts@ddtc.co.uk or by post to Miss Harriet Buckley 8 Main Rd. Marsh Lane, Sheffield S21 5RH. All advertisers will be given 5 raffle tickets with some top prizes to win.   I have always been very careful about the toys we give our Dandies to play with, but this week we had a scary few minutes with one of our bitches. Connie has had a hard rubber ring for years which she carries about. It originally had a bell in it but we took that out early on so it wouldn't be swallowed by mistake. Well, she was parading it about showing anyone who cared to look, which we didn’t think anything of until we realised she hadn't put it down for quite a while, Billy looked and it was stuck on her tongue through the hole the bell had come out of, like a vacuum it was stuck solid. After a lot of vegetable oil and manoeuvring there was an almighty slosh and it came away. We were sure her tongue would have been badly bruised at least, but no, an hour later she ate her dinner. Very resilient are Dandies.   Jackie Shore. swanwillowcottage@icloud.com      
Sunday, 29 April 2018 | 562 hits
Rule : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 1) The Club shall be called The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club 2) The objects of the Club shall be to promote and encourage the breeding of the correct type of PEPPER and MUSTARD or DANDIE DINMONT TERRIER and for that purpose (a) To ascertain as far as practicable the origin of the breed possessed by the late James Davidson, Farmer at Hindlee, and the various characteristics thereof and of the purely bred descendants therefrom. (b) To define precisely the various points and characteristics of a pure and perfect Dandie Dinmont Terrier; to adopt the same as the only recognised standard of excellence; and by all practical means procure the adoption thereof as the beau ideal to be aimed at by breeders of Dandie Dinmont Terriers and as the standard by which the breed is to be judged and the prizes awarded. (c) The object of the Club is for the benefit of all its members and it will not be classed as a trading business so that all profits from any source functions and/or activities of the Club, shall be maintained for the benefit of and the further education of its members, in the management, training, showing, breeding and every aspect pertaining to canines. 3) (a) MEMBERSHIP The club shall consist of an unlimited number of members, a register of whose names and addresses shall be kept by the Secretary. Candidates for admission shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another, and shall undertake, if elected by committee to conform to the rules of the Club. JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP This will be open to young people upto the age of sixteen years. The subscription will be £2.50 a year (from January 1st 1990) Junior members will receive Club literature, but will not entitled to vote in Club elections. Junior member's optional subscription from 0-16 years Junior members may pay a subscription of £1.00 and receive no Club literature. (b) OFFICE BEARERS These shall comprise a President, a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer. No two Club Officers may be from the same household nor may people from the same household sign cheques. Club Office Bearers and members of the Committee are not permitted to serve as Officers or Committee in another Breed Club in this breed. Officers Bearers of the Club shall have been members for at least 3 calendar years. (c) COMMITTEE The Committee shall consist of up to a maximum of 9 members, who have been members for at least 1 calendar year. This number shall include the Vice Chairman who will be elected annually by the Committee. The Committee may also appoint an Assistant Secretary annually, who may or may not be a member of the Committee: If the Assistant Secretary is not a Committee Member he/she shall not have voting rights at any committee meetings attended on behalf of the Secretary. Any Committee Member missing three consecutive meetings without good cause, will automatically cease to be a member of the Committee. (d) AUDITOR An Auditor, not a member of the Committee, shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting. 4) Procedure for election of Office Bearers and Committee. (a) The Officers of the Club i.e. the President, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected for a period of three years. They may stand for re-election at end of their term of office without re-nomination (b) The Committee of The Club will consist of 9 members, in addition to elected Officers, three of whom will be elected each year to serve for a period of three years. Committee members may stand for re-election at the end of their term of office without re-nomination. (c) The election to be by postal ballot, ballot papers to be returned to an independent scrutineer appointed by the Committee. (d) The ballot papers to give names of proposers and seconders of candidates for election, with new candidates shown separately from candidates for re-election. The number of committee meetings attended to be shown for candidates for re-election. The ballot papers will be numbered and the scrutineer will be provided by the Secretary with a list of fully paid up members entitled to vote and a check list of ballot papers issued. Where a duplicate is required to be issued (for example in case of non-delivery) the duplicate paper will bear the same number as the original. The scrutineer will check and count the votes cast, sending a copy of the results of the ballot to the Chairman of the Club. Ballot papers will be retained for one year by the scrutineer. The result of the ballot to be declared at the Annual General Meeting. The number of votes cast for each candidate will be publicly disclosed. (e) Members entitled to vote are those who are fully paid up members for the previous year and who have paid their subscriptions by 1st March. 5) The Club year shall commence on 1st January and terminate on 31st December. This will be the financial year. The annual subscription for each member shall be £8 or £11 for joint membership, payable on election and thereafter on 1st January each year. This subscription should be reviewed annually at the Annual General Meeting, and members notified of any change. A banking account shall be opened in the name of the Club into which all revenue of the Club shall be paid and from which all withdrawals shall only be made on the signature of two of the following: The Treasurer, the Secretary, the Chairman and the President. No elected candidate shall be considered a member or entitled to the privileges of membership until his first subscription has been paid. Any member failing to pay his subscription is overdue, and must be paid by March 1st Thereafter he will cease to enjoy the privileges of membership, but may, with the consent of the Committee, be re-instated upon payment of the current subscription plus rejoining fee. Honorary Life Membership may be conferred by the Club for long or outstanding service to the breed. This will be recommended by the Committee and ratified by the Annual General Meeting. The Club will make a list of members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by members of the Club or by the Kennel Club ANNUAL RETURNS TO THE KENNEL CLUB The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year Maintenance of Title fee will be forwarded to the Kennel Club by the Secretary for the continuance of registration and that by 31st July each year, other returns, as stipulated in Kennel Club regulations for the Registration and Maintenance of Title of Societies and Breed Councils and the Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and Municipal Authorities, will be forwarded to the Kennel Club. The Officers also acknowledge their duty to inform the Kennel Club of any change of Secretary of the Society which may occur during the year. 6) It shall be competent for any member to resign his or her membership of the Club. The name of the member shall be removed from the Club Register and his membership shall thereupon terminate. A member so resigning shall not be entitled to receive back any money he may have paid to the Club during his membership, nor shall he have any claim against the Club. A member on resignation must return all monies or property belonging to the Club. 7) (a) The management of the Club shall be in the hands of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee (b) Six shall form a quorum of the Committee for the transaction of business (c) One of the six must be an office bearer. The President may attend any Committee meetings and have the right to vote. (d) The Chair shall be occupied by the Chairman and in his or her absence by the Vice-chairman (e) In the event of both being absent, the members shall elect a Chairman for the meeting (f) In the event of any vacancy arising in the Offices or Committee by death, resignation, or otherwise, the Committee may fill the same by co-option to the next in line following a contested election. If there was no contested election, the Committee have the right to co-opt. The co-opted member must be Proposed, Seconded and accepted by the majority of the Committee and must stand for re-election at the next ballot. A co-opted member must have been a fully paid up member of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club for a period of not less than three years, but need not necessarily have stood for election. In either event, any such co-opted member must be re-elected by ballot at the next Annual General Meeting (g) In the event of any change in the Officers of the Club, the Membership shall be notified in writing Where possible 14 day's notice should be given to Committee Members of Committee Meetings. 8) (a) There shall be one General Meeting of the Club each year to be called the Annual General Meeting of the Club for the purpose inter alia of receiving the balance sheet of the Club, made up to 31st December, preceding such a meeting to confirm Office Bearers and Committee for the ensuing year, to confirm the election of new members previously approved by the Committee, to discuss any applications not so approved, and to elect the Auditor. No business shall be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless notice thereof appears on the agenda, with the exception of routine matters, or those which, in the opinion of the Chairman of the meeting are urgent. Other meetings of the members may be convened by the Committee at and time and be called Ordinary General Meetings. All General Meetings shall be held at such time and place as the Committee may determine and at all such meetings the President or Chairman shall be entitled to take the Chair. At least fourteen days prior to the holding of any General Meeting a notice convening the same shall be sent to all members stating the date, time and place of the meeting and the nature of the business to be transacted. Agenda items to be included in Any Other Business must be sent in writing to the Secretary at least seven days prior to the Annual General Meeting. No business other than the adjournment of the meeting shall be done at a General Meeting unless ten members are present in person. Proposers and seconders of agenda items for the Club Annual General Meeting, must both be present in person or the items(s) will not be discussed (b) All members should receive a committee report giving a precis of decisions made (c) A General Meeting to be called a Special General Meeting shall be specially convened by the Committee within one calendar month upon a written requisition lodged with the Secretary, and signed by at least ten members whose subscriptions are not in arrears. Such requisitions shall not state the objects for which the meeting is required and the general nature of the resolution intended to be proposed. 9) At Committee and General Meetings where there is a difference of opinion, all questions shall be decided by vote, and in case of equality the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote. At all meetings of the Club the minutes of the previous meeting shall be read and confirmed after amendment, if necessary. No new rule, or alteration of existing rules shall be made unless adopted by vote at a duly convened General Meeting held in accordance with these rules. The rules of the Club may not be altered except at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting and such alterations shall not be brought into force until the Kennel Club has been advised and given its approval to the alterations. All other questions coming before a General Meeting of the Club shall be decided by a majority vote of the members present and voting. This is to be by secret ballot if the matter involves members present. A resolution of the Committee taken in writing and signed by the President or the Chairman and by not less than 7 other members of the Committee shall have equal force, and for all purposes be as binding as a resolution taken by vote at a meeting of the Committee duly convened and constituted. 10) Every member shall strive to promote honourable dealings in all matters affecting the interests or well being of the Club, and shall bring to the notice of the Committee any apparent irregularities or dishonest or dishonourable practices within his knowledge in connection with canine matters in regard to which action might be taken with a view to prevention or remedy. He shall also communicate any information he may possess likely to prove useful to Dandie Dinmont Terrier owners, breeders and judges, with a view to furthering the objects for which the Club exists. 11) Any member who shall be suspended under Kennel Club Rule A42j (4) and/or any member whose dog(s) is/are disqualified under Rule A42j (8) shall ipso facto cease to be a Member of the Society for the duration of the suspension and/or disqualification. If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the Committee of the Society be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the Society, the Committee of the Society may, at a meeting the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the Member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the Society shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her. Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the accused Member giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and hour of the Meeting that he/she may attend and offer explanation. If at the Meeting, a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the Members present and voting, he/she shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a Member of the Society except that he/she may within two calendar months from the date of such Meeting, appeal to the Kennel Club upon the subject to such condition as the Kennel Club may impose. 12) Prizes may be offered by the Club for competition in the Dandie Dinmont Terrier classes at any show providing approved classifications for the breed at which the judge is approved by the Committee and is on the DDTC judges list. Prizes given by the Club shall be open to all exhibitors except such as the Committee may decide to confine to Members of the Club. No exhibit of a member whose subscription is in arrears shall be eligible to compete for any prize confined to the Members of the Club. 13) JUDGES LIST The Club will have Judges Lists drawn up by the Committee in accordance with the requirements laid out in the Club's Policy & Procedure Document for compiling Judging Lists and these will be reviewed annually. 14) Club notices to Members shall be sent to them at their registered addresses through the post pre-paid, addressed to the Secretary. Letters may also be given to or handed out by the Secretary. Persons attending a Club Special General Meeting must be a fully paid up members for that year. 15) Any expenses incurred on behalf of the Club by authority of the Committee shall be defrayed out of the funds of the Club. A list of Office Bearers, Committee and names and addresses of Members shall be recorded within the Annual Magazine. If required any Member may request a list from the Secretary. New members will be sent a full list on joining the Club. 16) (a) The property of the Club shall be vested in the Committee, and if the Club ceases to exist the assets of the Club shall be disposed of as Members decide at a specially convened Special General Meeting (The Secretary should obtain from the donors of Challenge Cups and Trophies an acknowledgement that the gift is made outright to the Club) (b) Any property of value to the DDTC or items of Dandie interest left or donated to the Dandie Archives shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of, unless the Club ceases to exist. When a Special General Meeting of the Club may then decide how to dispose of Club assets, as in rule 16(a) (c) TROPHIES & CUPS Members not Trophies & Cups on time (without adequate reason e.g. Illness) will forfeit the right to hold any Club trophy or cup on the next occasion where any one or more are won by that member. Further any damage (including transit damage) to be paid for by the the holder of any trophy or cup. Cups being returned by a third party. The third party should sign a note accepting responsibility of the safe return of the cup. (A form to this effect to be given out with cups). Members failing to return cups and trophies to the Club after 2 months of the show date will receive a permanent ban from holding cups or trophies from the Club in the future. NOTE A Committee Member to be with the Cup Steward to inspect cups on their return to the Show. REPAIRS TO BE EXECUTED BY THE CLUB 17) The Club shall not join any Federation of Societies or Clubs. 18) The Kennel Club is the final authority for interpreting the rules and regulations of the Club and in all cases relating to Canine and Club Matters. 19) The Club Code of Conduct is Rule 19 of the Club. Please see Code for full information. 20) (a) The selection of Judges for all Club Shows will made by the Committee (b) Elected Officers of the Club will not Judge or Steward at Club shows whilst in office save in exceptional circumstances 21) No person whilst an undischarged Bankrupt may serve on the Committee or hold any other office or appointments within Kennel Club Registered Societies.
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 | 20377 hits
The Archives of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club are held in the Cumbrian County Archives at Carlisle Castle and are available for all members to view on production of a current valid Membership Card and proof of identity e.g Passport or Driving Licence. However the Record Office does request that they are given 24 hours notice to allow them to retrieve the archives from storage as they are not on display. Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle The Castle Carlisle Cumbria  CA3 8UR *********** Tel: 01228 607285/607284 Fax: 01228 707274 email: carlisle.record.office@cumbriacc.gov.uk website: Cumbria Record Office - Carlisle directions: Map to Carlisle Castle Opening Times Monday 9.00-17.00 Tuesday 9.00-17.00 Wednesday 9.00-17.00 Thursday 9.00-17.00 Friday 9.00-17.00
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 | 13836 hits
The club received some lovely feedback from a visitor to Crufts praising the hard working team of Lynda Bromley and all her helpers who give their time so generously to work on the Dandie's stand in Discover Dogs. "Just wanted to complement you on having the best host of any stand at Crufts in the Discover Dogs exhibit. I was there on Thursday and the man on the DD stand did you credit. He didn't overplay his hand, nor did he ignore me like some others(!). He was a genuine enthusiast and if I was in the market for choosing a breed to keep (Sadly I'm not) I would be ringing one of your puppy enquiry numbers. Keep up the good work"  
Monday, 31 March 2008 | 14665 hits
Published with kind permission from The Kennel Club GENERAL APPEARANCE - Distinctive head with beautiful silky covering, with large, wise intelligent eyes off setting long, low weasely body. Short strong legs; weatherproof coat. CHARACTERISTICS - Game, workmanlike terrier TEMPERAMENT - Independent, highly intelligent, determined, persistant, sensitive, affectionate and dignified. HEAD AND SKULL - Head strongly made and large, but in proportion to the dog's size, muscles showing extraordinary development especially the maxillary. Skull broad, narrowing towards the eye, measuring about the same from the inner corner of the eye to back of the skull as from ear to ear. Forehead well domed; head covered with very soft silky hair is not confined to a mere topknot. Cheeks gradually tapering towards deep and strongly made muzzle. Muzzle in proportion to skull as three to five. Top of the muzzle has triangular bare patch pointing backwards to eyes from nose about an inch broad. Nose black. EYES - Rich dark hazel; set wide apart and low, large, bright, full and round, but not protruding EARS - Pendulous, set well back, apart and low on the skull, hanging close to the cheek, with very slight projection at base, broad at the junction of head and tapering almost to a point, forepart of the ear coming almost straight down from its junction with the head to the tip. Cartilage and skin of the ear very thin. Length of ear from three to four inches. Ears harminise in colour with the body colour. In a pepper dog covered with soft straight dark hair (in some cases almost black). In a mustard dog, hair mustard in colour, a shade darker than the body but not black. Both should have a thin feather of light hair starting about two inches from the tip and of nearly the same colour and texture as the topknot giving the ear the appearance of a distinct point. This may not appear until after the age of two years. MOUTH - Jaws strong with a perfect regular and complete scissor bite i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Any deviation is highly undesirable. Teeth very strong, especially the canines, which are extraordinary in size for a small dog. Canines fit well against each other, to give the greatest available holding and punishing powers. Inside of the mouth black or dark coloured. NECK - Very muscular, well developed and strong, showing great power. Well set into the shoulders FOREQUARTERS - Shoulders well laid back but not heavy. Forelegs short with immense muscular development and bone, set wide apart and chest coming well down between them. Forearms to follow line of chest with feet pointing forward or slightly outward when standing. Bandy legs highly undesirable BODY - Long, strong and flexible ribs well sprung and round, chest well developed and well let down between forelegs; back rather low at shoulders having a slight downward curve and a corresponding arch over the loins, slight gradual drop from top of loin to root of tail. Backbone well muscled. HINDQUARTERS - Hindlegs a little longer than forelegs rather wide apart, but not spread out in an unnatural manner, thighs well developed. Stifle angualted, hocks well let down. FEET - Round and well padded. Hindfeet smaller than forefeet. Nails dark but varying in shade according to colour of body; Flat or open feet highly undesirable. TAIL - Rather short, from eight to ten inches, rather thick at the root, getting thicker for about 10cm's (4ins) and tapering off to a point.Not twisted or curled in any way but with a curve like a scimitar, the tip, when excited being in a perpendicular line with the root of the tail. Set neither too high nor too low. When not excited is carried gaily a little above the body level. GAIT/MOVEMENT - Strong straight impulsion from rear, giving a fluent free and easy stride, reaching forward at the front. A stiff stilted hopping or weaving gait highly undesirable COAT - A very important feature of the breed. Hair should be about 5cms (2ins) long, double coat with soft linty coat underneath and a harder topcoat, not wiry but giving a crisp feel to the hand. The coat should not 'shed' down the back, but should lie in pencils caused by the harder hair coming through the softer undercoat. The forelegs have feathers about 5cm (2ins) long. Upper side of tail covered with wiry hair, underside not so wiry with neat fethering of softer hair. COLOUR - Pepper or Mustard. PEPPER Ranges from dark bluish black to a light silvery grey, intermediate shades being preferred. Body colour coming well down the shoulder and hips and gradually merging into colour of legs and feet which varies according to body colour from rich tan to pale fawn. Profuse silver white topknot. MUSTARD Varies from reddish brown to pale fawn. Profuse creamy white topknot, legs and feet of darker shade than the head. In both colours feather on forelegs rather lighter than hair on forepart of leg. Some white hair on chest and white nails permissable. White feet undesirable. Hair on underside of tail lighter than on underside of tail lighter than on upperside which should be a darker colour than the body. SIZE/ WEIGHT - The height at withers should be from 20-28cms (8" to 11"), length from withers to root of tail should not be more than twice the height but preferably 1" to 2" less. Weight 8 - 11 kgs (18 - 24lbs) for dogs in good working condition, the lower weights preferred FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog. NOTE Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descending into the scrotum. ©The Kennel Club
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 | 8441 hits
Approved 5th September 1876, amended 1877 & 1872 additional paragraphs added 1985. GENERAL APPEARANCE - Distinctive head with beautiful silky covering, with large, wise intelligent eyes offsetting long, low weaselly body. Short strong legs. CHARACTERISTICS - Game, workmanlike terrier TEMPERAMENT - Independent, highly intelligent, determined, persistent, sensitive, affectionate and dignified. HEAD - Strongly made and large, not out of proportion to the dogs size, the muscles showing extraordinary development more especially the maxillary. SKULL - Broad between the ears, gettiing gradually less toward the eyes and measuring about the same from the inner corner of the eye to back of the skull as it does from ear to ear. The forehead well domed. The head is covered with very soft silky hair, which should not be confined to a mere topknot, and the lighter in colour and silkier it is the better. The CHEEKS starting from the ears proportionately with the skull have a gradual taper toward the muzzle which is deep and strongly made and measure about three inches in length or in proportion to skull as three to five. The MUZZLE is covered with hair of a little darker shade than the topknot and of the same texture as the feather of the forelegs. The top of the muzzle is generally bare for about an inch from the back part of the nose, the bareness coming to a point toward the eye and being about one inch broad at the nose. The nose and inside of MOUTH black or dark coloured. The TEETH very strong, especially the canine, which are of extra ordinary size for such a small dog. The canines fit well into each other, so as to give the greatest available holding and punishing power, and the teeth are level in front, the upper ones very slightly overlapping the under ones. Many of the finest specimens have a 'swine mouth' which is very objectionable, but it is not so great an objection as the protrusion of the upper jaw. EYES - Set wide apart, large full, round, bright, expressive of great determination, intelligence and dignity; set low and prominent in front of the head; but not protruding; colour a rich dark hazel. EARS - Pendulous, set well back, wide apart and low down on the skull, hanging close to the cheek, with a very slight projection at the base, broad at the junction of the head and tapering almost to a point, the forepart of the ear tapering very little, the tapering being mostly on the back part, the forepart of the ear coming almost straight down from its junction with the head to the tip. They should harmonise in colour with the body colour. In the case of a pepper dog they are covered with a soft straight brownish hair (in some cases almost black). In the case of the mustard dog the hair should be mustard in colour, a shade darker than the body but not black. All should have a thin feather of light hair starting about two inches from the tip and nearly the same colour and texture of the topknot which gives the ear the appearance of a distinct point. The animal is often nearly one or two years old before the feather is shown. The cartilage and skin of the ear should not be thick, but rather thin. Length of each from three to four inches. NECK - Very muscular, well developed and strong, showing great power of resistance, being set well into the shoulders BODY - Long, strong and flexible ribs well sprung and round, chest well developed and let well down between the forelegs; the back rather low at the shoulder having a slight downward curve and a corresponding arch over the loins, with a very slight gradual drop from top of loin to root of tail; both sides of backbone well supplied with muscle. TAIL - Rather short, say from eight to ten inches, and covered on the upper side with wiry hair of darker hair than that on the body, the hair on the underside being lighter in colour and not so wiry, with a nice feather about two inches long, getting shorter as it nears the tip; rather thick at the root, getting thicker for about four inches then tapering off to a point. It should not be twisted or curled in any way but it should come up with a curve like a scimitar, the tip, when excited being in a perpendicular line with the root of the tail. It should neither be set on too high nor too low. When not excited is carried gaily and a little above the level of the body. GAIT/MOVEMENT - Strong straight impulsion from rear giving a fluent free and easy stride, reaching forward at the front. A stiff stilted hopping or weaving gait are faults to be penalised LEGS - The forelegs short with immense muscular development and bone, set wide apart the chest coming well down between them. The feet well formed and not flat with very strong brown or dark coloured claws. Bandy legs and flat feet are objectionable. The hair on the forelegs and feet of a pepper dog should be tan varying accordingly to the body colour, from a rich tan to a pale fawn; of a mustard dog they are of a darker shade than its head, which is a creamy white. In both colours there is a nice feather about two inches long, rather lighter in colour than the hair on the fore part of the leg. The hind legs are a little longer than the fore ones and are set rather wide apart but not spread out in an unnatural manner, while the feet are much smaller; the thighs are well developed and the hair of the same colour and texture as the fore ones, but having no feather or dew claws; the whole claws should be dark but claws of all vary in shade according to the colour of the dog's body. COAT - This is a very important point; the hair should be about two inches long; that from skull to root of tail, a mixture of hardish and soft hair which gives a sort of crisp feel to the hand. The hard should not be wiry, the coat what is termed pily or pencilled. The hair on the under part of the body is lighter in colour and softer than on the top. The skin on the tail accords with the colour of the dog COLOUR - The colour is pepper or mustard. The pepper ranges form dark bluish black to a light silvery grey, intermediate shades being preferred, the body colour coming well down the shoulders and hips, gradually merging into the leg colour. The mustards vary from reddish brown to pale fawn, the head being a creamy white, the legs and feet of a shade darker then the head. The claws are darker as in other colours (nearly all Dandie Dinmont Terriers have some white on chest and some also have white claws) SIZE - The height should be from eight to eleven inches at top of shoulder. Length from top of shoulder to root of tail should not be more than twice the dog's height but preferably one or two inches less WEIGHT - 8 - 11 kgs (18 to 24 lbs) For dogs in good working condition. The lower weights preferred
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 | 9748 hits
Link to Original News Article : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article673919.ece By Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor A CAMPAIGN to save many British dog breeds from the threat of extinction is being conducted by leading breeders and experts. Without urgent action dogs such as the Skye terrier, immortalised in the story of Greyfriars Bobby, may be eclipsed by fashionable foreign breeds, such as the shih tzu and Lhasa Apso. Other breeds in need of help are the Sealyham terrier, the smooth collie, the field spaniel and the Welsh Cardigan corgi. The British and Irish Dog Breeds Preservation Trust held a “crisis meeting” of about 100 breeders yesterday to lead a fightback for the underdogs. Three years ago the Kennel Club issued a list of native breeds considered most at risk but experts now want to draw up a “red list”. Paul Keevil, a member of the Kennel Club vulnerable breeds committee, said that some dogs had gone out of fashion. “What we’ve got to do is to make these native breeds cool.” He has owned Dandie Dinmont terriers for 20 years. “It looks safe as a breed with 149 registrations last year. But that is only because breeders were shocked that there were just 80 registrations in 2004 and stepped up breeding.” The Skye terrier is the most at risk of extinction — although a Disney film about Greyfriars Bobby may help its rescue. Last year there were only 30 registrations of the breed by the Kennel Club. Sue Breeze, who owns 11 Skyes and has bred them for 26 years at her home near Burton upon Trent, said: “If we can’t persuade young breeders to rear Skyes, I think the breed will disappear from Britain within 40 years.” Experts hope to revive other terrier breeds, such as the Manchester, which had a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria for rat-catching, and the Norwich. The Sealyham was the most popular dog in London in the 1930s but had 58 registrations last year. Mr Keevil is doubtful that many large traditional sporting dogs can have a renaissance. Without a specific purpose, such as drag-hunting, these dogs are simply too difficult for many owners to keep. Breeds at risk Skye Terrier; Glen of Imaal terrier; otterhound; Sealyham terrier; smooth collie; Sussex spaniel; curly-coated retriever; field spaniel; Welsh corgi (Cardigan); English toy terrier (black and tan); bloodhound; Irish water spaniel; Irish red & white setter; Norwich terrier; Manchester terrier; Dandie Dinmont terrier; Lancashire heeler; Clumber spaniel; King Charles spaniel; smooth fox terrier; deerhound; Irish terrier; Kerry blue terrier; Gordon setter; soft-coated wheaten terrier; Welsh terrier; Lakeland terrier  
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 | 8428 hits
201.05 February 2006 The Kennel Club has requested feedback from breed clubs with regard to its Native Vulnerable Breeds initiative. The Kennel Club’s Native Vulnerable Breeds Group and the British and Irish Dog Breeds Preservation Trust have collaborated over the last year to address the question of native breed vulnerability, using the Trust’s main aims of Education, Preservation and Promotion. This has mainly taken the form of showcasing the native vulnerable breeds in the press, at Kennel Club events like Discover Dogs and Crufts and in the wider community via events such as the CLA Game Fair and the Wag and Bone Show. Further promotion for the campaign will also take place at Crufts 2006. The Kennel Club is researching how best to present a suitable set of objective criteria to define vulnerability and work towards this is on going. Some of the clubs in breeds classified as ‘vulnerable’ have expressed concern at being identified as part of the list of vulnerable breeds. The Kennel Club has therefore written to the secretary of each of the clubs representing breeds presently identified as a native vulnerable breed to ask for the club’s view as to whether they would wish to continue being associated with the initiative beyond July 2006. The future plans for the group of breeds involved in this project will include, in addition to the promotional activities already mentioned, some or all of the following, depending on the breed concerned: wider promotion via mainstream media (for example, encouraging the BBC to feature the breeds more in their broadcasts) encouragement of new puppy owners to take part in the ‘sport’; whether it be showing, trialling, tracking etc looking at avenues that might encourage new owners to become involved in the breed and breed clubs investigation of routes to conserve old, established bloodlines in a breed the establishment of sperm banks for vulnerable breeds The clubs have been requested to submit their responses by the end of March 2006. Should a breed or club decide that it does not wish to be part of the Kennel Club’s future plans for the vulnerable breeds, it is likely that it will be dropped from the active list of breeds. However, if in the future, the Kennel Club has reason to believe that health issues might affect the breed’s vulnerability the KC may continue to promote policies which will be of positive help to the breed concerned.
Sunday, 05 February 2006 | 7833 hits
The Vulnerable to Viable Dandie Forum took place on Sunday 29th January 2006 at Baginton Village Hall.  It was a very well attended event with plenty of interest from both within and outside the Dandie world.  It was a very special day and one that I won't forget in a hurry. Thanks must go to Peter Eva - our Chairman for the day, Julian Barney from the British and Irish Breeds Preservation Trust, Yvette Andrewartha with her wonderfully behaved Dandies, Lynda Bromley and Sheila Bullock who worked wonders in the kitchen, and of course we must not forget Paul Keevil - he had put in a magnificant amount of work to make the day happen. Below is a cutting from the Coventry Evening Telegraph covering the story.
Sunday, 29 January 2006 | 33424 hits
Anna Tebb MA VetMB MVM CertSAM MRCVS Dr Ian Ramsey, BVSc PhD DSAM Dip ECVIM MRCVS, University of Glasgow Introduction | Clinical Presentation | Diagnosis | Establishing the Cause | Treatments | Prognosis | Further Information Introduction Canine Cushings’ disease (hyperadrenocorticism (HAC)) is caused by an over production of steroids. This arises due to either increased production of a steroid stimulating hormone (adreoncorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)) by a tumour in the pituitary gland (which is found at the base of the brain), or overproduction of steroids by an adrenal tumour (found just above the kidney). These two forms are called pituitary and adrenal dependent respectively. Although both diseases are caused by tumours, only the adrenal tumours usually spread to other organs. The pituitary tumour usually is very small and does not affect the dogs brain. Cushings’ disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed hormonal diseases in the dog with an incidence estimated to be around 0.1%. It usually occurs in older animals and breeds such as poodles and terriers have a predisposition to the problem. Clinical Presentation Most dog owners don’t notice the onset of Cushings’ disease (hyperadrenocorticism) in their pet as the signs develop gradually (see Table 1). Increases in appetite and weight are frequently mistaken for signs of health. Only when coat changes develop or the increased thirst becomes severe do owners realise that something is amiss and make an appointment to see their vet. • Increased thirst (polydipsia) • Increased urination (polyuria) • Increased appetite (polyphagia) • Pot belly / obesity • Muscle wasting/weakness • Lethargy and laziness • Skin changes such as hair loss • Persistent anoestrus or testicular atrophy • A few patients may become blind, staggery, stiff or wobbly   Table 1: Clinical signs of Cushings’ disease Disease Diagnosis There are a number of tests that can be performed to investigate if your dog has Cushing’s disease. These normally include blood samples urine samples and X rays. Although non-specific, these tests may help to identify other diseases that may affect which treatment is the most appropriate for your dog. In addition, specific tests will be needed to confirm Cushing’s Disease. The ACTH stimulation test is simple to perform and will identify approximately 85% of dogs with the pituitary form and 50% of those with the adrenal form. Alternatively, the low dose dexamethasone suppression test (LDDST) will identify 95% of dogs with Cushing's disease. However this test is more time consuming, and incidence of false positives is also higher. Establishing the cause It’s important, but not essential, for both prognosis and treatment to know whether Cushing’s disease is the result of pituitary tumours or adrenal tumours. In general, pituitary abnormalities account for 80% of cases. In many veterinary practices, the easiest method is measurement of endogenous ACTH concentration. Adrenal ultrasonography, if available, is a quicker alternative but does require specialist experience and training. In some cases the patient may have to be referred for this procedure. For those rare dogs that have mild neurological signs and suspected Cushings Disease, a brain scan (MRI or CT) can be used to check if the pituitary tumour has become very big. Treatment It is important to remember that no particular treatment is right for all patients, all of the time. In the case of pituitary tumours, drugs such as trilostane can be used to control the size and activity of the adrenal glands. Although adrenal tumours can be treated with the same drugs, the response, and the doses required to achieve that response are more variable. Surgical removal of the adrenal tumour is an alternative but requires specialist surgery and intensive post-operative care. Trilostane treatment Trilostane is a steroid enzyme synthesis inhibitor. It is short acting and needs to be given once, or sometimes twice, daily. It appears to be effective in many, but not all, dogs with Cushing’s disease. It is safer to handle than mitotane and is also less likely to result in an addisonian crisis. ACTH stimulation tests will need to be carried out to monitor the patient’s progress. These tests should be performed 4 to 6 hours after trilostane has been administered. Over-dosage with trilostane can cause lethargy, vomiting and diarrhoea and more severe signs on occasions. If these signs occur then the treatment should be stopped until they go away and your vet should be contacted immediately. It is likely that if the drug is restarted then it will be at a lower dose. Mitotane treatment Medical management of Cushings disease using o,p'-DDD (Mitotane, Lysodren) was the main treatment for many years for both pituitary and adrenal tumours. However it is a drug that it is more difficult to use than trilostane and if too much is given then it may lead to serious and permanent side effects. An induction dose is administered once daily with food. Water intake and feeding behaviour must then be closely monitored. Treatment is stopped once the water consumption or appetite starts to decrease. An ACTH test should be performed once these end-points are reached, or before if the dog becomes unwell. Most dogs need 5 to 10 days of induction therapy. Maintenance therapy is given once weekly and is checked by ACTH stimulation tests initially every month then every 3 months. Over-dosage with mitotane is quite common and manifests as lethargy (+/- vomiting /diarrhoea). If these signs are seen then the mitotane should be stopped temporarily and maintenance doses of steroids (prednisolone) administered. Prognosis Although there is no published data on the prognosis of untreated dogs they are likely to suffer from complications of Cushings such as recurrent infections, hypertension, cardiac failure, blood clots and infections. Average survival for mitotane treated dogs is over 2 years but survival periods of 10 years have been reported. Similar data are not yet available for trilostane but several dogs have been successfully managed with this drug for more than 3 years. Dogs with adrenal tumours live on average about 16 months but side effects of high mitotane doses are frequent. Too few dogs have been treated with trilostane to provide meaningful comparisons.   Further Information Further information on Cushings’ disease including recommendations on treatment, drug dosages, and monitoring should be obtained from your veterinary surgeon. They may wish to call a specialist in canine medicine. Please do not contact the authors directly as they are unable to discuss specific cases without the permission of your own veterinary surgeon. © 2003 by the Authors. Reproduced with permission.
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 | 23698 hits

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