Accredited Breeder Scheme

Last week, July 4th to be precise, there was a muse about the new ABS requirements for Glen of Imaal Terriers. As it didn’t match what many breeders and owners thought was to be the procedure for the breed i.e. the advice given by numerous eye people worldwide, obviously the question was politely asked if it was a Kennel Club decision? The Kennel Club have replied to the concern and have indicated that the “downgrading” of required to recommended was at the suggestion of the Glen Association.

As the Glen Association has the following, written by Peter Bedford, on their website it would be interesting to learn why the Committee of the Association recommended what they did:-As a breed you have already developed the discipline of eye examination and you should continue to be certain that another problem does not become entrenched within the breed. Without the crd 3 test the Glen was in a mess, but the feeling of euphoria that the test`s advent has created should not allow common sense to be thrown out with the bathwater.Eye examination is essential to ensure that our delightful breed remains free from other potential ocular disease.

A bit out of kilter

Thursday afternoon two things arrived for the blog. The coin was tossed and it fell with the change to importing dogs into the UK after January 2012. An email arrived over the weekend asking if the changes to the Accredited Breeders Scheme had been missed……this was the other Thursday afternoon thing which we were going to run later this week.

Today though is July 4th and this rather wonderful picture was sent

to celebrate American Independence. This pround Glen of Imaal Terrier has to go up today and, as it’s been asked for, the ABS will be done today. This is why there is no weekend round up this morning but everything sent is in the file.

From July 1st the Kennel Club has altered the requirements for the Accredited Breeder Scheme for Glen of Imaal Terriers. DNA test for GPRA-crd3 is now a requirement whilst eye-testing has been downgraded to “recommended”. On the face of it this seems a strange ruling when more, rather than less, in the health department is being sought but the Duck Tollers, when getting a DNA marker, asked for both and were told it was “too much” to ask people to do. As all the eye people are recommending that Glens should still be eye-tested every 2-3 years maybe this is a job for the Glen Association.