News 2011

Sheila Saunt Memorial Trophy 2011

This is the NWLRC’s annual points challenge. Open to all members.

(1 point is awarded to every exhibit for each class entered (and present), and 5 for each class winner down to 1 for VHC place).

The Limit show is where you can maximise your points by entering many classes, as the CC holders cannot enter!

Points can be won at the Open and Championship Shows later this year when it is a broader competition and hence more difficult to gain as many points, so if you want to get a head start the Limit show is the one to get stuck into!!


The Club will run a member’s only competition for the Best Exhibit, Dog or Bitch, that is entered into any of our three shows in 2011.

The award is presented at the AGM the following year.

The Best Exhibit will be the one with the most points at the end of the year.

Each entry made in each class will earn 1 point (the entry must be present and be judged) and you may enter into as many classes for which the exhibit is eligible at each show.

Each class win will earn a further 5 points, 2nd will earn 4 points, 3rd will earn 3 points, Reserve will earn 2 points and VHC will earn 1 point, these points are in addition to the entry point.

So don’t be shy!!

Shows & Judges 2011

I am able to list the shows and the Judges at which CC’s are on offer for 2011.

The judges are listed against the relevant sex, and where appropriate the referee.

07/01/2011    Boston & District Canine Society     Dog     Mr Victor Cole
07/01/2011    Boston & District Canine Society     Bitch     Mr Martin J O’Donoghue (Republic of Ireland)
20/01/2011    Manchester Dog Show Society     Mr David S Hopkinson
05/02/2011    Labrador Retriever Club Of Wales     Dog     Mrs Lorraine Tooth
05/02/2011    Labrador Retriever Club Of Wales     Bitch     Mr Brian F Parrott
05/02/2011    Labrador Retriever Club Of Wales     Referee     Mr Richard J Morris
05/03/2011    East Anglian Labrador Retriever Club     Dog     Mrs Maureen A Floyd
05/03/2011    East Anglian Labrador Retriever Club     Bitch     Mrs Sheila Wallington
05/03/2011    East Anglian Labrador Retriever Club     Referee     Mrs Janet Cole
10/03/2011    Crufts     Dog     Mr David Coode
10/03/2011    Crufts     Bitch     Mrs J Brabban
19/03/2011    Three Ridings Labrador Club     Dog     Mr David R Craig
19/03/2011    Three Ridings Labrador Club     Bitch     Mrs Anne Lavelle
19/03/2011    Three Ridings Labrador Club     Referee     Mrs Margaret L Senior
02/04/2011    Labrador Club Of Scotland     Dog     Mrs D M Hopkinson
02/04/2011    Labrador Club Of Scotland     Bitch     Ms Tatiana Dreyer (Russian Federation)
02/04/2011    Labrador Club Of Scotland     Referee     Mr James Nolan
03/04/2011    Kent Surrey & Sussex Labrador Retriever Club     Dog       Mrs Margaret Litherland
03/04/2011     Kent Surrey & Sussex Labrador Retriever Club     Bitch     Miss Oonagh Gore
03/04/2011    Kent Surrey & Sussex Labrador Retriever Club     Referee     Mrs J D Elliott
16/04/2011    Midland Counties Labrador Retriever Club     Dog     Mr Philippe Lammens (France)
16/04/2011    Midland Counties Labrador Retriever Club     Bitch     Mrs D Timms
16/04/2011    Midland Counties Labrador Retriever Club     Referee     Mrs Margaret H Gawthorpe
29/04/2011    West Of England Ladies Kennel Society     Dog     Mr Brian R Lowe
29/04/2011    West Of England Ladies Kennel Society     Bitch     Mrs Maureen A Floyd
05/05/2011    Birmingham Dog Show Society Ltd     Mr James P Hindley
07/05/2011    Labrador Retriever Club Of Northern Ireland     Mrs Isobel M Key
20/05/2011    Scottish Kennel Club     Mr John S Thirlwell
27/05/2011    Bath Canine Society     Dog     Mr Gordon Talbot
27/05/2011    Bath Canine Society     Bitch     Mrs Marylin A Nightingale
03/06/2011    Southern Counties Canine Association     Mr R A Floyd
08/06/2011    Three Counties Agricultural Society     Miss Tracey James
11/06/2011    Labrador Retriever Club     Dog     Mrs Linda F Heron
11/06/2011    Labrador Retriever Club     Bitch     Mrs Linda Sutcliffe
11/06/2011    Labrador Retriever Club     Referee     Mr Arwyn Ellis
18/06/2011    Border Union Agricultural Society     Mrs Margaret Gardner
19/06/2011    Joint Labrador Retriever Clubs’ Championship Show     Dog     Mr Leslie Brabban
19/06/2011    Joint Labrador Retriever Clubs’ Championship Show     Bitch     Mrs Marlene Hepper
19/06/2011    Joint Labrador Retriever Clubs’ Championship Show     Referee     Mrs Nan Austermuhle
24/06/2011    Blackpool & District Canine Society     Mr Ron H Menaker (USA)
30/06/2011    Windsor Dog Show Society     Mr Mervyn Reynolds
06/07/2011    Cotswold & Wyevern Labrador Retriever Club     Dog     Mr Gordon F Williams
06/07/2011    Cotswold & Wyevern Labrador Retriever Club     Bitch     Mrs D M Hopkinson
06/07/2011    Cotswold & Wyevern Labrador Retriever Club     Referee Mr Karl Gawthorpe
08/07/2011    East Of England Agricultural Society     Dog     Mrs C Reynolds
08/07/2011    East Of England Agricultural Society     Bitch     Mrs P M Harrison
22/07/2011    Leeds City & District Canine Association     Dog     Mr Gary R Johnson
22/07/2011    Leeds City & District Canine Association     Bitch     Mrs Marilyn E Prior
01/08/2011    Paignton & District Fanciers’ Association     Mr Keith A W Young
06/08/2011    National Gundog Association     Dog     Mrs Elaine M Cannon
06/08/2011    National Gundog Association     Bitch     Mr Anthony C Allen
10/08/2011    United Retriever Club     Dog     Mr J Barry Rooth
10/08/2011    United Retriever Club     Bitch     Mrs Jean Allen
13/08/2011    Bournemouth Canine Association     Dog     Mr Christopher J Mills
13/08/2011    Bournemouth Canine Association     Bitch     Mrs Susanna E M Wiles
19/08/2011    Welsh Kennel Club     Ms Linda Harvey Major
27/08/2011    Scottish Kennel Club     Mrs Meriel E Hathaway
02/09/2011    City Of Birmingham Canine Association     Mr H Gent (Australia)
16/09/2011    Darlington Dog Show Society     Mr Richard J Morris
28/09/2011    Yellow Labrador Club     Dog     Mrs Fiona E M Braddon
28/09/2011    Yellow Labrador Club     Bitch     Mrs M Rooth
29/09/2011    Driffield Agricultural Society     Mrs Sandra D Hibbert
01/10/2011    Northumberland & Durham Labrador Retriever Club     Dog     Mrs Susanna E M Wiles
01/10/2011    Northumberland & Durham Labrador Retriever Club     Bitch     Mrs Angela Williams
01/10/2011    Northumberland & Durham Labrador Retriever Club     Referee     Mrs Nan Austermuhle
09/10/2011    North West Labrador Retriever Club     Dog     Mr Eric Parr
09/10/2011    North West Labrador Retriever Club     Bitch     Mrs Lorraine Tooth
09/10/2011    North West Labrador Retriever Club     Referee     Mrs S Hartley
27/10/2011    Midland Counties Canine Society     Mrs Einir W Matulla
10/12/2011    Ladies Kennel Association     Dog     Dr Ronald W James
10/12/2011    Ladies Kennel  Association     Bitch     Mrs P M Carpanini


The Sheila Saunt Memorial Trophy 2010 “Top Ten”

Following the three shows held by the Club this year, and the final adding up of points, it has emerged that there are joint winners of  this trophy.

These are Noelene Dodd’s Brockburrow Breaking Dawn and Gail Dodd’s Llanstinan Welshman at Carriegame.

Many Congratulations to them both, and to all of those who made the “Top Ten”.

To see the list, click below.

Points                 Name

23                     Noelene Dodd’s Brckburrow Breaking Dawn

23                     Gail Dodd’s Llanstinan Welshman at Carriegame

21                     Beardall’s Bearcop Ebony Boy

17                     Ayres’ Musubi Solo Warrior

17                     Balshaw and Rawlinson’s Shanorrell Splendour of Halshimoor

16                     Long’s Balchrist Rogue State at Baldevs

16                     Bruce and Johnson’s Teazledown Crusader

16                     Manning’s Overmarsh Third Man

15                     Long’s Balchrist Secretary of State at Baldevs

15                     Bruce and Johnson’s Foulby The Baron of Teazledown

The Dogslife Project

Dogslife…..the exciting new research looking at the health of Labrador Retriever puppies across the UK.

If you own a Kennel Club registered Labrador Retriever born after 1 January 2010, you can join Dogslife for FREE. Spend just 5-10 minutes of your time each month to complete a few questions about your puppy’s health and you will help us to find out what keeps Labrador Retrievers healthy.

The Dogslife project was launched on the 1st July 2010, to find out more about what keeps Labrador Retrievers healthy. The project is the first internet-based nationwide longitudinal study of canine health anywhere in the world. Labrador Retriever owners across the UK are logging into the website at monthly intervals, to report on their dogs’ health, what they eat, how much exercise they do, and how they look after them. So far over 4000 people have visited the website, providing information about the health and lifestyle of nearly 700 individual Labrador Retriever puppies. The information provided will be used to identify the factors which keep Labrador Retrievers healthy, so that we can use scientific evidence to inform dog owners on the best way to look after their pets and reduce the frequency of diseases.
Over the next year the data collected will be analyzed, and the initial results released to participants. Whether your dog is a pet, a show dog or a working dog, we want to hear from you. Dogslife will be recruiting new participants until June 2012, and you can register your Labrador Retriever providing they were born after 1st January 2010 and are registered with the Kennel Club. Dogslife is free, and by joining the project you could:
Win prizes for your dog
See how your dog develops compared to others in the study
Create an online scrapbook of your dog’s photos
If you are already participating, or have helped promote and support the project, the Dogslife team would like to thank you all

NWLRC Working Tests

Full details of the North West Labrador Retriever Club’s two Working Tests are available under the Working Test Tab.

and is reproduced on the read more link below.

The North West Labrador Retriever Club is pleased to announce that
it will hold 2 Working Tests this year over the one weekend of the 14th
and 15th of May at Pinewood.

The Puppy, Novice and Veteran will
be held on Saturday 14th May and the Open will be held on Sunday 15th
May, both by kind permission of United Utilities and Pinewood.  Entry
forms have been sent out to paid up members as at 28th February.


To be held at Pine Wood nr. Clitheroe on Saturday 14th May 2011

By kind permission of United Utilities
Entries close 9th May


JUDGES: John Drury (A),Vikki Stanley, Margaret Crawford, Polly Dunkley

Meet: 8.45am, @ Duke of York, car park, Grindleton.  See Directions Notes
Entry Fees:  £6.00 per dog per category Members. £8.00 Non members

To be held at Pine Wood nr  Clitheroe Sunday 15th May 2011
By kind permission of United Utilities
Entries Close 9th May 2011
Judges: Heather Bradley (A), Jayne Coley (A), Alan Schofield(A) Mark Domane
Meet 8.45am @ Duke of York car park, Grindleton, see Directions Notes
Entry Fees:   £6.00 members, £8.00 non members

All cheques made payable to N.W.L.R.C.
All entries to Working Test Secretary N.W.L.R.C.
Mrs J White
Sunnyside Farm
Back Lane, Threapwood,
Malpas, Cheshire.
SY14 7AT  Tel No 01948 770120 NO CALLS AFTER 9PM PLEASE

Definition of Classes
PUPPY:  Up to 18 months old at date  of event.
Novice:  Dog never having been awarded 1st.2nd.or 3rd. in an Open
Working Test, or 1st in any other working test, Puppy test excepted,
Or any award in a Field Trial including C.O.M.
Veteran:  Any dog over 7yrs old at date of event


Kennel Club – Changes to Code of Ethics

The Kennel Club has released a new code of ethics that all breed
clubs are required to adopt without delay.  As this is a Kennel Club
directive, the NWLRC does not need to call an EGM or AGM in order to
agree and adopt this new code.  It is a requirement that this is adopted
immediately and as such it will become a requirement of all club
members to be bound by this mandate.

Note on 15 February 2011,
the Kennel Club General Committee reviewed the Code Of Ethics and made
the change to Clause 2 as underlined below.

This takes immediate effect on all members.


All members of the North West Labrador Retriever Club undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.

Club members:

Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care
and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing
an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation
of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.

Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not
conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.

4)    Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

5)    Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

6)    Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.

Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a
nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be
kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

9)    Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy
and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the
initial circumstances change.

11)     Will supply written details
of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible
ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

12)     Will ensure
that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner
when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to
forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not
immediately available.

13)     Will not sell any dog to
commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly
allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any
kind.  Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration
certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).

Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor
falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or
quality of a dog.

Breach of these provisions may result in
expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel
Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as

Dog Health Group’s First Annual Report

The Kennel Club’s Dog Health Group has published its first annual report which details the continuing progress that is being made towards improving pedigree dog health.

The Dog Health Group has been tasked with ensuring that dogs are bred to enjoy healthy, happy lives. Its work includes continually updating the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme so that dogs are bred responsibly and well, and researching and monitoring the health of dogs so that the relevant tests and tools can be developed to help combat certain conditions. It also involves ensuring that dog showing and judging is a positive force for change.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Dog Health Group plays a seminal role in influencing Kennel Club policy and guiding the health projects with which it gets involved, so that it can ensure the best outcome for dogs. The Group is made up of – and works closely with – breeders, human and dog geneticists and veterinary surgeons.

“Over the last year our priorities have been to make changes to ensure that our Accredited Breeder Scheme is more robust than ever, so that puppy buyers have confidence about who to buy from and that dog shows only reward healthy dogs in the show ring. We have also continued to invest in the life-saving work and research that is being carried out at the Kennel Club’s Canine Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust and developed new strategies to continually improve genetic diversity.”

Copyright: Kennel Club

Some of the achievements in 2010, which have been agreed by the Dog Health Group and its three subgroups, are:


Significant investment into groundbreaking work at the Kennel Club’s Canine Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, whose molecular geneticists work with breeders, vets and scientists to identify dog diseases and develop DNA tests to help combat them. There are more than 30 DNA tests so far.
Development of Mate Select, a revolutionary online system that will enable breeders to plan their breeding programmes according to the impact that it will have on genetic diversity. It will also give breeders and potential puppy buyer’s access to available health information for every Kennel Club registered dog.
Broadening of the Breed Register to accept dogs of impure or unverified origin, in order to expand genetic diversity.
Reduction of the lifetime limit of litters registered per bitch to four, effective from 1 January 2012. Under the Breeding and the Sale of Dogs Act 1999 a maximum of 6 litters per bitch is allowed.


Work towards UKAS accreditation of the KC Accredited Breeder Scheme, as recommended in the Bateson Report.
Formalising of important rules, which although already implicit in the scheme, to ensure that the scheme is as robust as possible. These include requirements that no mating should take place if health tests indicate that it is inadvisable to do so and that breeders should microchip puppies prior to sale.
Continually appointing Regional Breeder Advisors throughout the country who ensure that the rules of the scheme are upheld by its members.


Introduction of veterinary assessments for the fourteen high profile breeds, which have been identified as being more prone to suffer from certain health issues, at dog shows from 2012. Dogs will need to pass these veterinary assessments before their champion status or Best of Breed awards are confirmed to ensure that only healthy dogs win top awards.

In addition to the steps above the Kennel Club has produced a detailed guide for veterinary surgeons to enhance their understanding of each breed and the health tests that are required and recommended. This is a central plank of the Kennel Club’s strategy, helping to ensure that puppy buyers get solid advice on the ground, from the experts that they know and trust.

A copy of the full report is available.

NWLRC Working Test Results: Puppy & Novice

The North West Labrador Retriever Club held the first day of the two
days of Working Tests on Saturday 14th May 2011 at Pinewood near
Clitheroe, Lancs with the kind permission of United Utilities and
sponsored by Skinners.

On a mainly cold but dry day, although the clouds attempted a
few light showers, and the wind caused some difficulties at times, the
four Judges; Mr J Drury (A), Mrs J H Dunckley (B), Mrs M Crawford (NP)
and Mrs V Stanley (NP) had the task of separating some fine young dogs
over four tests completed in safari fashion.

All tests were reasonably stiff with 4 zeros being recorded from 13
dogs. at the end of the day 6 dogs ended the day in the 90’s and 4 were
taken through for a run off.

Results follow….

On a mainly cold but dry day, although the clouds attempted a
few light showers, and the wind caused some difficulties at times, the
four Judges; Mr J Drury (A), Mrs J H Dunckley (B), Mrs M Crawford (NP)
and Mrs V Stanley (NP) had the task of separating some fine young dogs
over four tests completed in safari fashion.

All tests were reasonably stiff with 4 zeros being recorded from 13
dogs. at the end of the day 6 dogs ended the day in the 90’s and 4 were
taken through for a run off following which the eventual order was
established as


First: Wayne Mitchell
running Labdom Roe
Second: Scott Marland running Boarscreek Alder
Third: Brendan Kelly running Norbreck Santa
Fourth: Mrs R McIlroy running Sealpin Gunna

windy conditions caused several upsets as the young dogs would not go
head on into the wind in the blind and diversion.  After the test were
completed it left only 6 dogs without a failure so down to a run off in
which two got a zero leaving the final results as


First: Linda Scott running Garagill Nancy
Second: Mark McGuirk running Gwrychbedw Dan
Third: Kevin Jackson running Magic Mercury of Wharton
Fourth: Brendan Kelly running Norbreck Santa

Certificates of Merit
were awarded to:

L Scotts’ Bitch Hawscot Moor Fern handled by her owner; and

M J Smiths’ Dog Glen Avons Lionheart handled by his owner

both days was Mr Andy Biggar a professional photographer who took
pictures of the dogs working.  Should anyone wish to purchase a picture
please contact Andy via his website at Thebiggarpicture.

NWLRC Working Test Results: Open

Following on from the first Test, Sunday dawned with heavy cloud and
rain with a unpromising forecast.  The land at Pinewood being used with
kind permission of United Utilities and sponsored by Skinners.

a full card of 24, only 18 arrived to face the Judges of Heather
Bradley, Jayne Coley, Alan Schofield and Mark Demaine and was run on
Field Trials lines with eliminating faults standing.

Results follow..

As the first
line of 4 started off, the heavens opened and the rain came being blown
sideways by the wind.  By the third test only 9 dogs remained and this
test removed another 3.  The final drive resulted in the following

1st Annette Clarke running Garronpoint Liffy

2nd Polly Dunckley running Biney Bob of Smithsteads

3rd Judith White running FTCh Blackfoot Scout of Minstead

4th Chris Dinsdale running Spinnerbeck Wagtail

Certificates of Merit were awarded to:

Jimmy Swindlehurst running FTCh Adoraden Quinn

Judith White running Labdom Lewis of Minstead

The day was again photographed by Andy Biggar, the results are on his website and available to purchase.

Race for Life
Jenny Dobson, long-standing member and committee member of the NWLRC will be taking part in the 2011 Cancer Research UK Race For Life, in memory of Sheila Saunt, and of all those absent friends from the world of showing and breeding labradors, including Val, June and Janice, who have lost their lives to cancer.


Done it…..ran the Race for Life and finished in about 36 minutes…..not exactly record breaking, but not bad for a first attempt.

Rain held off till after the race was run, and there was a great atmosphere.

Many thanks to everyone who donated, and helped me raise over £100 for Cancer Research.

Jenny will be running (note running, NOT walking) the race at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire on Sunday 12th. June.

Donations, in memory of our friends may be submitted on line, via the following link.

To have a look at how the “Race For Life” is helping in the vital work to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, go to their website.

Many thanks.

NWLRC Eye Clinic

The NWLRC is please to announce that we have arranged for another Eye Clinic to be held in 2011 following the high demand and success of last years clinic.

It is to be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Harpers Lane, Chorley with afternoon bookings available between 12pm and 5pm on Thursday 8th August 2013.  (All appointments must
be booked in advance to ensure everyone is seen).

ALSO remember that you now need to prove that the dogs identity, the breeders registration certificate alone is NOT sufficient if it does not show the Microchip reference, so pleases bring both the registration certificate and the Microchip/Tattoo Identity Certificate.

All dogs should be checked annually, and whilst optional genetic testing can be carried out, this is not a replacement for this important annual check, so please make sure your dogs are checked!

For further details and bookings to be made to Ginette Oulton on 01524 310320.

The OptiGen prcd-PRA

The OptiGen prcd-PRA
test is a DNA-based test that helps you avoid one form of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). PRA refers to a group of diseases that cause the retina of the eye to degenerate slowly over time. The result is declining vision and eventual blindness. “prcd” stands for
“progressive rod-cone degeneration” which is the type of PRA known in several breeds.

PRA Disease

The genetic disorder, prcd-PRA , causes cells in the retina at the back of the eye to degenerate and die, even though the cells seem to  develop normally early in life. The “rod” cells operate in low light levels and are the first to lose normal function. Night blindness results. Then the “cone” cells
gradually lose their normal function in full light situations. Most
affected dogs will eventually be blind. Typically, the clinical disease
is recognized first in early adolescence or early adulthood. Since age
at onset of disease varies among breeds, you should read specific
information for your dog. Diagnosis of retinal disease can be
difficult. Conditions that seem to be prcd-PRA might instead be
another disease and might not be inherited. OptiGen’s genetic test
assists in making the diagnosis. It’s important to remember that not
all retinal disease is PRA and not all PRA is the prcd form of
PRA. Annual eye exams by a veterinary ophthalmologist will build a
history of eye health that will help to diagnose disease.

at this time there is no treatment or cure for PRA. If your dog is
affected, you may find it helpful to read about other owners’
experiences living with blind dogs. (suggested links:



is inherited as a recessive trait. This means a disease gene must be
inherited from each parent in order to cause disease in an offspring.
Parents were either “carrier” or affected. A carrier has one disease
gene and one normal gene, and is termed “heterozygous” for the disease.
A normal dog has no disease gene and is termed “homozygous normal” –
both copies of the gene are the same. And a dog with two disease genes
is termed “homozygous affected” – both copies of the gene are abnormal.

It’s been proven that all
breeds being tested for prcd-PRA
have the same disease caused by the same mutated gene. This is so, even
though the disease might develop at different ages or with differing
severity from one breed to another.

Although prcd-PRA
is inherited, it can be avoided in future generations by testing dogs
before breeding. Identification of dogs that do not carry disease genes
is the key. These “clear” dogs can be bred to any mate – even to a prcd-affected
which may be a desirable breeding prospect for other reasons. The
chance of producing affected pups from such breedings depends on the
certainty of test results. Again, you’ll find the specific information
on certainty of test results for your dog by linking to breed specific

 The Genetic Test

The OptiGen prcd test is done on a small sample of blood from the dog. The
test analyzes the specific DNA mutation causing prcd-PRA. The OptiGen
test detects the mutant, abnormal gene copy and the normal gene copy.
The result of the test is a genotype and allows separation of dogs into
three groups: Normal/Clear (homozygous normal), Carrier (heterozygous)
and Affected (homozygous mutant).

Possible results
using the OptiGen prcd test

Genotype Risk
For Breeding
Risk of
prcd Disease
Homozygous Normal Normal/Clear Can be bred to any dog,
low risk of producing affecteds
Extremely low
Heterozygous Carrier Should be bred only to
Clear to remove risk of producing
Extremely low
Homozygous Mutant Affected Should be bred only to
Clear to remove risk of producing
Very high

How you can participate

The prcd-PRA
test is done on a small sample of blood obtained by your veterinarian.
This allows the lowest risk of contamination of the sample and added
assurance of a match of the sample with the identified dog. 

NWLRC Championship Show 2011

The North West Labrador Retriever Club is pleased to announce that entries are now being taken for the Single Breed Championship Show on Sunday 9th October.

The event is being kindly sponsored by Royal Canin who are providing bags of food for all class winners.

Entries by post has now passed but you can still enter online at Fosse Data.  Get in quick!!

The Judges are:

DOGS: Mr Eric Parr (Stoneavon)
BITCHES: Mrs Lorraine Tooth (Ludalor)

Referee: Mrs Sue Hartley (Suley)

Low priced entry – check it out

Quick Info

Generously sponsored by Royal Canin.

Postal Entries Close 12 September.

All wins to 5 September to be counted.

Members are only required to pay an entry fee of £10 per dog, and all subsequent classes are free, no charge for additional classes.

Non Members will be required to pay £15 per dog, but will still benefit from free additional class entries with the same dog, so why not join now and set your standing order to pay your subs to gain from the lower entry fees that membership brings at this show and the Open show.

Catalogues: £3 pre-order only and will be printed with a lucky catalogue number and the draw will take place after the Dog CC is awarded with a nice prize!!

Entries to:
Miss Ginette Oulton
35 Summergill Road

Download a Schedule or an entry form

Looking forwards to receiving your entries and seeing you on the day.

NWLRC Rescue

The North West Labrador Retriever Club operates a Labrador rescue section.
If you feel you could give a rescued Labrador a new home, do give one of the Coordinators a ring for more information or if you need Rescue to help you to re home your Labrador.

Please contact one of the Coordinators:

Miss N. Bilsland – 01407 831837

Mrs B Brougham – 01942 723847

Mrs M D’Arcy – 01254 264177

North West Labrador Retriever Club Rescue Section has a number of Labradors looking for new, caring and loving homes. We often have both dogs and bitches ranging in age from a few months to 12 years, of all colours, who are looking for a new owner.

If you are interesting in giving a permanent good home to a Labrador please contact either Norma Bilsland on 01407 831837 or Brenda Brougham on 01942 723847 for further information.

A selection of dogs available are on the labrador rescue list

Kennel Club ABS
Attention all Members of NWLRC.

The Kennel Club has issued some guidelines on the Assured Breeders Scheme (formally the Accredited Breeders Scheme) a summary is below but read on for the full text.

“The Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme (formally the Accredited Breeder Scheme) is now well established and has in excess of 7,500 members. To encourage further uptake of that scheme, and thus ensure good breeding practice, the Kennel Club recommends that breed club Code of Ethics should include a recommendation that the club members should join the Assured Breeder Scheme. Ideally, a clause as follows should be included:

“Members will, when breeding dogs, adopt as a minimum standard the principles, requirements and recommendations as embodied in the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme. It is strongly recommended that members breed should apply to join the Scheme”

We would also suggest that an article about the ABS is included in a club newsletter, or Year Book and the additional clause is included as a proposal at the club’s next AGM, for the members approval.”

This will be added to the AGM for consideration by Members next year.

The aim of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is to promote responsible breeding practices.

What are the Scheme Requirements?

At present there are 10 specific requirements that Kennel Club Assured Breeders must fulfil:

Ensure that all breeding stock is Kennel Club registered, and take all reasonable steps to ensure that it is healthy and able to function normally (i.e. fit for function: fit for life).

Hand over the dog’s registration certificate at time of sale if available, or forward it to the new owner as soon as possible. Explain any endorsements that might pertain and obtain written and signed confirmation from the new owner, at or before the date on which the dog is physically transferred, that the new owner is aware of the endorsement(s), regardless of whether or not the endorsed registration certificate is available.

Follow Kennel Club policy regarding maximum age and number/frequency of litters.

Permanently identify breeding stock by DNA profile, microchip, or tattoo. (N.B. At some stage all breeding stock will be required to be DNA profiled.)

Make use of Kennel Club health screening schemes, relevant to their breed, on all breeding stock. These schemes include DNA testing, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and inherited eye conditions. All relevant health tests should be performed before the mating takes place. No mating should take place if the test results indicate that it would be inadvisable in the sense that it is likely to produce health or welfare problems in the offspring and/or it is inadvisable in the context of a relevant breeding strategy. The current list of checks can be found at 

Give written, breed-specific advice in the Puppy Sales Wallet on:

a) tendencies or potential traits in the breed

b) socialization, exercise and training

c) feeding and worming programs

d) grooming

Inform the buyer in writing of any vaccination which has been carried out.

Provide reasonable post sales telephone advice and endeavor to deal with any issues arising in good faith.

Inform buyers of the requirements and the recommendations that apply to Kennel Club Assured Breeders as well as the existence of the complaints procedure.

Draw up a contract of sale for each puppy and provide a copy in the Puppy Sales Wallet.

In addition to the requirements 1-10, it is expected that the Kennel Club Assured Breeder will operate to high standards and duty of care and comply with any local authority requirements. Any

conduct considered to be incompatible with membership under the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme or contrary to the spirit of the scheme or likely to undermine the scheme may result in an application for membership being rejected or the breeder’s removal from the scheme. If, in exceptional circumstances, and for accepted reasons, a litter registered by a Kennel Club Assured Breeder does not meet all current requirements, then the Assured Breeder must inform all puppy buyers of this in writing at the time of purchase.

Please note in addition to the requirements above,

there are a number of recommendations that Kennel Club

Assured Breeders are strongly encouraged to follow:

a) Make sure that facilities, including whelping facilities, accord with good practice.

b) Follow any relevant breed specific recommendations. 

c) The contract of sale should clearly lay out to the buyer the nature and details of any guarantee given e.g. time limit and/or any provisions for refund or return and replacement of puppy. If endorsements are being used the contract should also explain why these have been placed and under what circumstances they would be removed (if any). The contract should be signed and dated by both breeder and purchaser, showing that both have agreed to these terms.

d) Encourage new owners to take their puppy to the vet as soon as possible after taking delivery of it.

e) Commit to help, if necessary, with the re-homing of a dog, for whatever reason, throughout the dog’s lifetime.

f) Kennel Club Assured Breeders should participate in any breed health survey or other health initiatives in their breed.

g) Puppies should be permanently identified (microchip or tattoo) prior to sale or the puppy buyer advised that the puppy should be permanently identified (microchip or tattoo) at an appropriate time.

h) Certain health tests which are appropriate to the breed should be carried out on puppies prior to sale.

i) Any prospective purchaser should normally be able to view the puppy with its mother.

Guidelines for Kennel Club Assured Breeders

Expectations of good management

Dogs should be housed in clean and comfortable conditions with adequate heat and ventilation with particular regard for the animals’ health, age and breed.

Dogs should be provided with suitable and adequate food, drink and clean bedding material on a regular basis.

Dogs should be exercised and visited at suitable intervals, and should be in the care or supervision of a fit and responsible person.

A secure and safe environment should be provided, with sufficient space proportionate to the number of dogs kept to ensure good physical and mental wellbeing.

Arrangements should be in place to provide adequate exercise to ensure the dogs’ physical and mental wellbeing.

Facilities available should be in a suitable and fit condition for the keeping of dogs and maintained or kept in a good state of repair.

Breeders are expected to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the dogs are kept under control and do not cause a nuisance to neighbours and visitors to the property.

Reasonable precautions should be taken to ensure prevention of the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, and facilities should be available for the treatment of dogs in an emergency.

Dogs should receive adequate grooming and veterinary treatment and records of any veterinary treatment should be easily accessible.



Arrangements or plans should be available for the transport of animals to and from the Assured breeder’s establishment.

For more information contact or the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme department directly on 020 7518 1015

KC GD August 2011


Education and Training Seminars

Education and Training Seminars

Amnada Grieve – Specialist – Kennel Club’s Education and Training invites you to consider the following events.

There are a few spaces left on two forthcoming seminars being held at Fourways Inn, Delamere, Cheshire (application forms downloadable on the next page).

We would be very grateful if you could circulate this information to your members as they may find them interesting, so please read on for further info.
Refresher Course on Requirements of a Dog Show Judge on Sunday 20 November 2011 – The aim of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for Judges who are already approved by the Kennel Club to award CC’s and would like to ‘brush-up’ their knowledge of Show Regulations and Judging Procedures.


Sunday 20November 2011:The English Springer Spaniel Club and the Manchu Shih Tzu Society are holding a ‘KC Refresher Seminar on Requirements of a Dog Show Judge’. The KC Accredited Trainer is Mrs Yvonne Billows. The venue is The Fourways Inn, Chester Road, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2HB. 10.30 start.  


The Kennel Club ‘Requirements of a Dog Show Judge’ seminar has been run since 1999and since that time many thousands of delegates have attended the seminar and have taken and passed the examination – a requirement for a judge to be passed to award CCs.


Up until last year any Championship Show Judge who wanted to participate in this seminar joined one of those being held across the UK which covers Judges at any level from pre judging to being passed for CCs.


The Championship Show Judges who attended these seminars all gave positive feedback to the Kennel Club and asked that their training be taken one step further with a specific ‘Requirement of a Dog Show Judge’ seminar specifically for Championship Show Judges, as they felt that this would enable greater discussion and debate during the seminar on differing scenarios that arise when awarding CCs.  


The Kennel Club Training Board took on board the suggestions and the ‘Refresher’ seminar delivered by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer was developed to meet this need.


Firstly there was a well received pilot ‘Refresher’ seminar held at Manchester Championship Show last year and then another successful seminar was held during the Kennel Club’s Education and Training month at Stoneleigh earlier this year.  


The ‘Refresher’ seminar is delivered in a relaxed environment and uses a workshop approach with Judges setting their own objectives for the day. Those attending these seminars can expect;

·        To refresh one’s memory

·        To have the opportunity to self-assess a level of knowledge

·        To share in other Judges’ experiences

·        To re-affirm/improve confidence

·        To enhance skills to be able to act as a Mentor to new Judges

·        To act as an effective Kennel Club Assessor and Evaluator

·        To examine and discuss any Kennel Club updates and new guidance.


Those Judges attending have the option to sit an exam at the end of the seminar if they choose to.

Audrey Quartermain, Alex Geddes, Adèle Nicholson and Sheila Atter were some of the Championship Show Judges who attended the earlier ‘Refresher’ seminars and they have kindly agreed to share their thoughts so that any concerns some Judges might have about attending will be allayed.


Audrey Quartermain, said: “This is a seminar I am urging people to attend as there have been significant changes with the ‘Fit for Function, Fit for Life’ campaign. Setting groups to offer solutions to ‘instances’ produced lively exchanges of views from within all the groups and I feel we also learned from each other and it just showed how people have different ideas on the same subject. I think that those who have been judging for so long that never had to take the various exams should give serious consideration to attending this ‘Refresher’ seminar. They could well be surprised at what they don’t know! Thanks again for an enjoyable day.”


Alex Geddes, said: “I personally left home that morning wondering what I had let myself in for and had already decided that I was not going to do the test at the end of the course. It speaks volumes that by lunchtime I felt comfortable about it and I knew I would be letting myself down by not doing it at the end of the day. Thank you once again for a very informative day.”

Adèle Nicholson, said: “I found the day extremely helpful indeed. Working in groups and discussing questions was very beneficial because I realised that we were more or less level pegging. In fact it was quite confidence boosting as well as being fun. The ‘Refresher’ seminar is a wonderful way for any possibly complacent Judges to be reminded of the rules and regulations and I would certainly recommend the Refresher seminar to other CC Judges.”

Sheila Atter, said:  “The day was very enjoyable thanks to the interesting way in which the facts were presented by the Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and most of us opted to take the exam to see how we fared.”

The aim of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for Judges who are already approved by the Kennel Club to award CC’s and would like to ‘brush-up’ their knowledge of Show Regulations and Judging Procedures. The seminar will also assist those who act as KC Evaluators and Assessors. Delegates will be given the option whether they wish to sit the Requirements of a Dog Show Judge exam or not. The cost is £25.00, which includes refreshments, a hot buffet lunch and a delegate pack.  Pre-registration is necessary.  There are limited spaces available, which will be allocated on a first come – first serve basis.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Amanda Grieve
Specialist – Education & Training
The Kennel Club
Tel: 0844 463 3980 ext. 225
Fax: 0207 518 1028

Or get a the refresher course application form.


Following the Club’s recent Championship Show, our final show of the year, the results of the annual points trophy have now been worked out, and the winner established.

The winner of the Sheila Saunt Memorial Trophy this year is Jenny Dobson’s Lakemeadow Living The Dream.

The full list of the results of the top ten winners, including joint placings, is attached (click on “Read More” for the details).

Many congratulations to all those on the list.

Remember that this award is run annually, with the points accumulated from each of our 3 shows, and the more classes you enter at NWLRC shows, the better your chances of winning.









Dobson’s Lakemeadow Living The Dream






O’Brien’s Mandursan Miss Demeaner






Rawlinson’s Fulwell Fair Trade With Halshimoor






Coode’s Warringah’s Merriwagga




Finney’s Cosadolce Whats The Fuss At Haddondale





Gawthorpe’s Waterbrook Sweet Moments





Lambert’s Mattand For Your Eyes Only





Rawlinson’s Wilsbury Cremekracker At Halshimoor






Baron’s Harrop Apollo





Holcroft’s Holcroft Top Gun





Barrett’s Hollyvale High Court






Ireson’s Crankross Endeavour At Tarnfell






James’ Ladrow Gypsy Queen





Beardall’s Bearcop Cracker





Lambert’s Dylsonleigh Diamond Gent At Mattand




Smith’s Charway Ballymedlar At Warrenview





Williamson’s Sharouns Incognito





Beardall’s Bearcop Ebony Boy





Keating’s Rewari Enterprise To Whistletyne




Rawlinson’s Sh. Ch. Wilsbury Wild Fire At Halshimoor





Artingstall’s Hightrevoron State Affair









Dodd’s Icyrivers Myohmy By Carriegame




Haigh’s Bolstermoor Armani Code




Keating’s Lakemeadow Lady Jane Whistletyne




Thompson’s Churnetview Lemondrizzle