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17-7-2019 -Dental Hypomineralization/Raine's Syndrome

Description: Dental Hypomineralization (DH) is also known as Raine Syndrome. DH is an autosomal recessive disorder that is known to affect Border Collies. This disorder is characterized by extreme wear of the teeth that can be very painful. The only way to treat this condition is by extracting worn teeth. DH can be a very painful condition. The genetic mutation that causes DH is suspected to be carried by 11% of the Border Collie population. The mutation occurs in the FAM20C gene. This gene codes for a protein that binds together calcium and phosphorylates involved in bone mineralization. Without this protein, normal mineralization of the teeth cannot occur. This means that the teeth are not as strong as they should be and are more vulnerable, leading to excessive wear. While this condition affects the dog from birth, symptoms may not become noticeable for some time. Typically, symptoms will become noticeable before the dog reaches two years old, however, this can vary depending on the severity. A common occurrence in dogs with DH is the browning of the teeth. While many dogs will experience this later in life, dogs with DH develop brown teeth at an early age. Furthermore, a condition known as Pulpitis is commonly associated with DH. Pulpitis is characterized by inflammation of the dental pulp. This is located within the tooth itself. Because of the excessive wear on the tooth, the pulp inside can become exposed and lead to inflammation. Although diagnosis of Pulpitis can be difficult, a telltale sign of Pulpitis is intrinsic tooth discoloration. The tooth appears to be colored pink or purple-grey from within, rather than due to an exterior source. Pulpitis eventually causes tooth death, requiring tooth extraction. DH is an autosomal recessive disorder. This means that a dog must inherit two copies of the mutation in order to present symptoms of DH. A dog with one copy of the mutation is known as a carrier and does not present symptoms. If two carriers are bred to one another, there is a 25% chance per puppy born that they will develop symptoms of DH and a 50% chance per puppy born that they will also be carriers of DH. Because DH is technically untreatable, the only way to manage DH is through prevention. Genetic testing can reveal the likelihood of a dog developing DH and can inform a breeder of major health concerns.

23-6-2019 - GDPR & Retention Update

The PBHF Group’s is an autonomous body striving to maintain healthy pastoral breeds through education and research.  The PBHF do not have any databases but do link to some external sites but take no responsibility for their content or accuracy.
PBHF officers and committee are elected by breed clubs and therefore the PBHF does not maintain any membership lists as these are held by the breed clubs.
The PBHF will only share any information provided for research or health screening with people and organisations necessary to carry out research and or screening or if individuals have given permission to do so.
Event, Health & Research data – 2 years after receipt or the date of the event.
Any stored data is monitored by our Data Controller – email – please note this is a generic email for all PBHF correspondence and any emails will be answered by the apprroiate member of the Group.

7-5-2019 - Removal of PBHF maintained databases

3-5-2019 - Further to various communications regarding the fitting database we working with two contacts who are happy to start a new database in order to progress this the database will be removed on 6th May. We have also reviewed some old archived links and as these are no longer used they will be removed.

28-4-2019 - Following discussion at the last PBHF committee meeting we are looking for a willing, computer savvy volunteer to take over the entire Border Collie Fitting Database. Including hosting, updating and maintaining the records. A full and clear knowledge of GDPR rules and their application is vital, as is an ability to communicate sympathetically with owners on a sensitive and distressing subject. The PBHF will happily provide a link to this new site.

This decision has been made by the PBHF bearing in mind our constitutional remit: 

"To raise funds for research into the diseases and defects affecting breeds within the Pastoral Group (as recognised by the UK Kennel Club). 

To raise funds for veterinary research by various means, receive funds and donations from other bodies and encourage and promote health testing in breeds which fall within the Pastoral Group.

To apply such funds for research and educational projects which fall within the purposes of the Foundation."

We feel our time, effort and money is best spent concentrating on those ideals – for ALL participating breeds in the Pastoral Group.

Rather than have lots of questions on the this page expressions of interest please send to the following email address in order for the "experts" can deal with taking this forward. Please note comments will be switched off from this posting to ensure time is spent on our moving this to a positive conclusion. Kindly reply by the 5th My 2019.


4-4-2019 - Updated Contacts

10-3-2019 Website updated with presentation from AHT Shetland Sheepdog Health Day - <HERE>

10-3-2019 Fitting databases updated and can be found <HERE>

20-12-2018 - Give A Dog A Genome Project - AHT has offered to run a Shetland Sheepdog Breed Day at Kentford, near Newmarket, on Friday, 25th January 2019 commencing around 9:30 am. Full details can be found <here>. Anybody interested in attending a Breed Day at the AHT on 25th January would you please let Marion Withers know. or Mobile: 07957 161819

5-11-2018 - The KC have been contacted by an external researcher, on behalf of the University of Sussex, who is currently conducting a project researching behaviour in puppies. In particular, the team are interested in how puppies perceive human speech, and how this changes as they develop. This is all for the ongoing BBSRC funded project: How Dogs Hear Us: Vocal Perception by the Domestic Dog. The first round of their research went really well, and they found huge differences between breeds as to who did what and when, so they want more data. In particular, they’re hoping to work with Labradors and border collies. The researchers would like to make the breed health co-ordinators aware of this research and to ask if you would kindly disseminate this information as you feel appropriate. I have attached their flyer for you to have a look at. The University researchers are looking to recruit breeders of Labradors and border collies in the Sussex, Kent, and Surrey area who would be willing to allow the team to visit their puppies for a non-invasive assessment, whereby the puppies are played a series of words, including “puppy-puppy-puppy”. They are investigating at what age the puppies learn to recognise words as meaningful and recognise their owner’s voice. None of the sounds played to the puppy are of a negative nature. The tests should take less than 15 minutes per puppy The team would then like to see how the puppy’s response changes to these calls from the age of 3 weeks to 14 weeks, or up to the point where they go to their new homes. If the new owner consents, the team would also ask for their details to be passed to the new owner to potentially follow up with the puppies later. There will be 5-9 visits per puppy in total so that the change in response can be monitored over time. Each visit will take about an hour and will be at the breeder’s convenience. If anyone is interested in taking part in this research, which could help scientific understanding of canine behavioural development, they are kindly asked to contact the lead researcher Dr Holly Root-Gutteridge at Following this, she will contact them with further arrangements. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. However, if you would like to speak directly to Dr Holly Root-Gutteridge or have any questions regarding their research, please contact the team at

A flyer can be viewed <here>

23-10-2018 - Fitting databases updated non-KC registerred <here> & Kc Registered <here>

2-10-2018 - Press Release by UK Kennel Club who have approved a new official DNA testing programme for severe sensory neuropathy (SN) in Border Collies can be found <here>

1-10-2018 - Presentation by AHT on Cancer Research provided to KC Breed Health Reps can be found <here>

31-8-2018 - A link to the Meeting report from the Companion Animal Genetic Health conference 2018 can be found <here>

31-8-2018 - Fitting database updated non-KC registerred <here>

20-8-2018 - Fitting database updated KC Reistered <here> and non-KC registerred <here>

3-8-2018 - Fitting database updated <here>

26-6-2018 - The Royal Veterinary College - Big Brainy Border Collie Study - Information can be found <here>

25-6-2018 - Fitting database updated <here>

31-5-2018 - The Roslin Institute have published their research into severe goniodysgenesis and glaucoma in the Border Collie. A link to this research can be found by clicking <here> Animal Genetics have now launched a DNA test for the detection of Goniodysgenesis and Glaucoma Susceptibility in the Border Collie - a link can be found <here>

25-5-2018 - Fitting database updated <here>

25-5-2018 -Added website disclaimer

16-04-2018 - DNA Clinic on 1st July 2018 - for details click <here>

28-03-2018 - The UK Fitting databases have been returned

21-03-2018 - The Uk Fitting databases have been removed.

26-02-2018 - The following Fitting Database has been updated <KC>

14-01-2018 - The following Fitting Database has been updated <KC>

13-1-2018 Roslin Institute - Border Collie glaucoma DNA test results form can be found <here>

8-1-2018 Roslin Institute ( Prof Kim M Summers) update on Border Collie glaucoma and goniodysgenesis project can be found <here>

23-12-2017 There will be DNA testing and eye testing clinics on 7 th April 2018 at West of England Border Collie Club Open Show, Filton Folk Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PS

3-12-2017 - The following Fitting Databases have been updated <KC> <Non KC>

1-12-2017 - RVC Epilepsy presentation slides added <here>

2-10-2017 - Revised BVA/KC/ISDS EYE SCHEME - PRIMARY GLAUCOMA document added to website <here>

24-8-2017 - Health Seminar on Saturday 14th October at The Old Red Lion, Bedford Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable LU5 6JR. 10.15am to 15.00. Tickets priced at £15.00 per delegate and avilable from: Jacky Cutler speakers include Prof Kim Summers, Julia Freeman, Wil Pusey, Sarah Hobbs and Rachel Kinsman.

24-8-2017 - Eye Testing Clinic. Discounted rates for routine and gonioscopy tests at Midlands Border Collie Club show, KC Building Stoneleigh Park on Sunday 1st October 2017. Details and booking contact Kathie Kinton

18-12-2017 - Letter from KC regarding new Gonioscopy testing and Gonioscopy breeding advice have been added.

18-12-2017 - Updated Secretary details.

26-07-2017 -If you wish to update results for your dog on the KC health database with results that are not provided directly by the BVA or recognised DNA labs the email to use is as follows:

07-07-2017 - The following Fitting Database has been updated <Non-pedigree>

05-07-2017 - The following Fitting Database has been updated <ISDS>

30-06-2017 - Added another epilepsy database USA epilepsy 2) into daatabase links section. Click <here> to view links page.

27-04-2017 - The following Fitting Database has been updated <KC> .

24-06-2017 - Professor Kim Summers is the lead researcher on the glaucoma / goniodysgenesis project at the Roslin Institute at Edinburgh University. She has offered to present on her research during her brief visit to Melbourne in July. Date: Sunday 9 July 2017 Time: 3 – 4.30 pm Venue: State Dog Centre, KCC Park (room to be advised) RSVP: 2 July 2017 Further information and RSVP: Libby Hotchin 0417 050 084 or

09-05-2017 - Changes in Estimated Breeding Values - The PBHF have received the following letter from the KC:

Dear Breed Health Co-ordinators,

We are contacting you to let you know about a minor change in the way EBVs for hip and elbow score are calculated.

As you may know, EBVs you see on Mate Select are centred and scaled so that the breed average is zero. Therefore, an EBV less than zero (e.g. -10) indicates a lower genetic risk than the breed average and one greater than zero (e.g. +10) indicates a higher genetic risk than breed average.

To date, the ‘breed average’ has been based on the average of EBVs of the entire electronically held breed pedigree, which in some cases goes back to the late 1970s/early 1980s. It was felt, however, that this did not give an accurate representation of the current breed average genetic risk.

Therefore, from Tuesday 9th May 2017, the ‘breed average’ will be defined as the average EBV of all dogs in the breed pedigree born in the last 10 years. This will give a more up-to-date point of reference.

This change will mean that, in most cases, EBVs of dogs will change. However, this is a scale change meaning that all dogs in a breed will see a similar change in their EBV, and the rank of dogs according to their EBV will not change. A useful analogy would be changing reporting weight in stones to reporting weight in Kg – 10 stone becomes 63.5Kg, but the weight remains the same, and the ranking of individuals according to weight does not change.

In some cases, where the breed genetic risk has been improving due to selection the ‘new’ EBV for a dog may not appear quite as good as the ‘old’ EBV. This is because we are comparing to the average of dogs born in the last 10, which will tend to have a lower genetic risk than the average of all dogs born in the last 30-40 years.

We apologise in advance for any confusion this may cause, but hope you can appreciate that this gives a more accurate representation of the current situation. If you have any questions about this change please do not hesitate to contact us on

Kind regards,

The Health Team

27-04-2017 - The KC Registered fitting database was updated. Also hhe following health stats have been received from Finland:

  Normals Carriers Affecteds Total Listed normal %
CEA 2715 916 30 3661 74%
TNS 1845 412 16 2273 81%
Cl 1700 42 0 1742 98%
MRD 129 0 0 129 100%
IGS 104 3 3 110 95%

This the page of the breed club: Geenitestit

20-02-2017 - The following Fitting Databases have been updated <KC> <ISDS> and <Non-Reg>

17-02-2017 - PBHF Update on Glaucoma Breeding Advice can be found <here>

14-02-2017 - Interesting Glaucoma Research for Flatcoat Retrievers can be found <here> and <here>

13-02-2017 - Fitting database (ISDS Registered) has been updated - list can be found <here>

12-02-2017 - Update from the K.C. on gonioscopy

It is now known that the drainage angle of the eye changes with age, almost certainly in all breeds.  I can confirm that, based on the fact that every breed that has so far been studied in detail has shown evidence of progression of goniodysgenesis with age, the advice regarding gonioscopy has been updated for all breeds in which gonioscopy is performed (both Schedule A and Schedule B breeds).   It is now advised that gonioscopy should be carried out every 3 years, unless any evidence to the contrary emerges.  This will be kept under review.  For Schedule A breeds, this is a mandatory requirement for Kennel Club Assured Breeders; for Schedule B breeds such as the Border Collie this remains a recommendation only.  As before, for Schedule B breeds it will be shown on the Health Test Results Finder that the dog has undergone gonioscopy, and the date, but the result will not be shown (“Test results with owner”).

03-02-2017 - Roslin Update - Genetics of goniodysgenesis and glaucoma in the Border Collie -Feb 2012 can be found <here>

03-02-2017 - Fitting database (KC Registered) has been updated with 4 additions - list can be found <here>

31-01-2017 - Glaucoma Research Urgent Request - Roslin require DNA samples from dogs with severe goniodysgenesis or those that have lost eyes. If they have lost eyes, they should either have previously failed a gonioscopy or have goniodysgenesis in the other eye. We realise it can be sensitive for distressed owners and breeders but the dogs that have lost eyes are of particular interest.

For each severe affected dog that provides a sample, ideally we would also like samples from parents or full-sibings (that is brother and sisters from the same litter) that have also had a gonioscopy. It doesn’t matter what the gonioscopy result might be, just that we know what their status is. If Parents or or full-siblings are not available then half-siblings (progeny from one of the parents) again with a gonioscopy result would be the second option.

If you can help or know somebody that can help please contact the PBHF urgently <HERE>

17-01-2017 - Fitting database (KC Registered) has been updated. - listscan be found <here>

14-1-2016 - Eye testing Clinic supported by the PBHF being held at West of England Border Collie Club - Saturday 8th April 2017 Filton Folk Centre, Elm Park, Filton BS34 7PS. Discounted rates available contact Sue Ader or telephone 01594 563055 after 4 pm Gonioscopy, Routine eye testing & litter screening available. Note: Gonioscopy supported prices are subject to allowing a DNA mouth swab to be taken and signing of an agreement to provide health tests results immediatly on receiving them to the PBHF.

21-11-2016 - Fitting database (KC Registered and Non-pedigree) have been updated. - lists can be found <here> & <here>

31-10-2016 - Fitting database (KC Registered) has been updated with 1 addition - list can be found <here>

27-10-2016 - Fitting database has been updated: 1 addition - (KC Registered) list can be found <here> and 3 additions - (Non KC registered) can be found <here>

17-10-2016 - Fitting database has been updated with 2 additions - (KC Registered) list can be found <here>

8-10-2016 - Fitting database has been updated - (Non Registered) list can be found <here>

6-11-2016 - Latest BVA Hereditary Eye Decease Guide can be found <here>

4-10-2016 - Fitting database has been updated - (KC Registered) new submission plus move of dog from unregistered list <here> and (Non KC/WSD Registered)- removal of dog onto kc registered list <here>

27-9-2016 - Fitting database has been updated - (KC Registered <here> & Non KC Registered <here>)

02-8-2016 - Fitting database has been updated - (KC Registered) <here>

23-7-2016 - Fitting database has been updated - (KC Registered) <here>

20-7-2016 - Fitting database has been updated - (KC Registered) <here>

11-7-2016 - The non-pedigree fitting database was updated. <here>

1-7-2016 - The non-pedigree fitting database was updated. <here>

28-6-2016 - The non-pedigree fitting database was updated. <here>

19-5-2016 - The Royal Veterinary College want to hear your views on the future of canine epilepsy research, and which areas of research you feel would lead to the greatest improvement of the quality of life of dogs with epilepsy. To Find out more and complete this short survey click <here>

3-4-2016 - The Kennel Club Academy online learning resource launch. Breeder Education is available to all dog breeders at any level of experience for free, to access the films and resources please click <here>

18-2-2016 - Fitting database updated - New entry in KC registered database, click <here> to view

15-2-2016 - Added a presentation delivered by the AHT - Genetic Studies of Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Border Collie. To download please click <here>

31-1-2016 - Update to Fitting Database (Non Registered)

17-1-2016 - Update to Fitting Database (KC Registered)

11-01-2016 The West of England Border Collie Club is holding an eye testing clinic in conjunction with their Open Show on 2nd April at Filton Folk Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PS. Prices available are detailed below and the specialist is Nick Burden.
Litter – 3 pups = £28.00 over 3 pups + £9.50 per extra pup
Routine = £32. Routine for dogs over 8 years age £27
Gonioscopy = £46 or £41 if done at same time as routine. A further discount of £5 is available via the PBHF upon application and submission of reselts to the PBHF Gonioscopy data base.
All breeds are welcome. Please contact to book an appointment or for more information.

09-12-2015 The UK Fitting database has been completely restructured in order to improve clarity. As well as reformating the entry structure the database has been sub-devided into three sections. To view these new and improved databases <click here>

30-10-2015 The very latest Glaucoma Research update can be found <here>. It includes latest findings on the mode of inheritence and also breeding advice as well as the current status regarding the development of a DNA test.

28-09-2015 Several updates made to website including: Chairs view, History & Aims, Health Databases, Breed Information (added Bearded Collie page)

25-09-2015 Please find a link <here> to a free new smartphone app called the "RVC Pet Epilepsy Tracker" that can be used to help manage a dog suferring from Epileps

24-09-2015 - UK Fitting (Epilepsy) Database
This database is now part of this website and can be found <here>

06-07-2015 - Rough Collie Breed Information
Added "Rough Collie" health considerations to "Breed Infrormation" section can be found <here>

26-05-2015 DNA Health Test Clinics
We are pleased to provide two DNA health testing clinics - Border Collie Club of Wales Ch Show 19th July and The Rough Collie Club at Littleport on the 2nd August 2015. Postal submissions will also be accepted. For further details and a discounted price list please contact either Hilary Kerr ( or Kathie Kinton (

18-5-2015 Updated PBHF Constitution
At the AGM the Constitution was updated. The new version can be found <here>

22-4-2015 Update on Goniodysgenesis Project
An update on progress on finding a DNA test for Glaucoma in Border Collies by the Roslin Institute can be found <here>

22-4-2015 The challenges of pedigree dog health
A document produced by the Roslin Institute concerning the approaches to combating inherited disease can be found <here>

20-3-2015 DNA Clinic
The PBHF will be holding another DNA testing clinic at the Southern Border Collie Club Championship Show on Sunday April 12th. Tests on offer are CEA/NCL/TNS, MDR1 and IGS(B12). We are also able to do other tests (eg colour locus) available from Animal Genetics. Please contact Hilary Kerr ( to arrange an appointment. Postal swabs will be accepted. These MUST be returned by Friday 10th April AT THE LATEST.

New DNA tests
Following consultation with the Border Collie Breed Council and the Health Coordinator, the Kennel Club has recently approved two new official DNA testing schemes for multi-drug resistance (MDR1) and Imerslund-Grasbeck syndrome (IGS).
The Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation runs regular clinics offering ALL genetic tests for Border Collies – with discounted fees. The next such clinic will be held at the KC building at Stoneleigh during the Midlands Border Collie Club Open Breed Show on January 31st 2015. To participate at this clinic (either by post or in person) please contact the PBHF Chairman, Kathie Kinton, by e-mail or through the PBHF website ( or the PBHF Facebook page, where full details can be found.
Please check back here for further clinic dates.


DNA Clinic
31st January 2015 at KC building, Stoneleigh
All DNA tests available for the pastoral breeds
Postal swab and blood clinic also available
Contact the PBHF officers for further details

DNA Databases added
Links to the B12 and MDR1 databases have been added <here>

PBHF Constitution has been added
For the PBHF Constitution please click <here>

The AHT and BAER Hearing testing
Website link added <here>

B12 Deficiency DNA discounted clinic
Details of Imerslund-Grasbeck Syndrome in the Border Collies – also known as Cobalamin Malabsorption or Vitamin B12 Deficiency discounted testing days can be found <here>

B12 Deficiency DNA discounted clinic
Details of Imerslund-Grasbeck Syndrome in the Border Collies – also known as Cobalamin Malabsorption or Vitamin B12 Deficiency discounted testing days can be found <here>

B12 Deficiency DNA discounted clinic
THE FIRST B12 Deficiency DNA discounted clinic in the U.K.will be held on Sunday 21st September 2014 at Moria Miners Club, Moria, Swadlincote, DE12 6BP.

Imerslund-Gräsbeck Syndrome in the Border Collie also known as Cobalamin Malabsorption or Vitamin B12 Deficiency is caused by a recessive genetic mutation. This means that dogs which carry the mutation (“CARRIERS”) are normal but will pass the mutation on to an average of 50% of their offspring. Puppies which inherit two copies of the mutation will have Imerslund-Gräsbeck Syndrome (“AFFECTED”).

This test is particularly useful to identify carriers among breeding stock so that CARRIER X CARRIER mating combinations can be avoided and therefore not produce AFFECTED puppies. It also can conclusively confirm Imerslund-Gräsbeck Syndrome in an affected dog. Further details of this clinic can be found by clicking <here>

Health Databases
Links to the various health databases available world-wide have been added to this webiste

Why Eye Test?
An excellent article on why owners/breeders should eye test their dogs

MDR1 Database
Following a recent DNA testing session owners have been invited to contribute their results to a database. <here>

PBHF Presentation Update
The presentation given by Kathie Kinton on the PBHF and current health status/research can be seen by clicking <here>

Epilepsy Update
Following numerous requests the PBHF has now established a "Fitting Border Collie" Database. Submissions by owners of affected dogs are welcome and have already commenced. More details and also access to view submissions can be found <here>

Glaucoma Update
Glaucoma research is now being conducted by Professor Kim Summers at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh who is currently collecting blood and buccal samples from dogs for the purpose of developing a DNA based test for the identification of carriers/affecteds.
DNA will be extracted from the samples and  stored at the Roslin Institute. The major diseases under study are the pre-­disposition to glaucoma and glaucoma. The samples may be used in the study of other diseases if the current research is extended in the future unless specific instructions are given to the contrary. For more information and a submission consent form please <click here>

Epilepsy in Border Collies an Update
Below is a letter received by chairman; Kathie Kinton

Dear Kathie,
Thank you for your e-mail and for your contributions to our studies, and
sorry for the delay in our reply.

Currently, we have genotyped a large sample set of epilepsy cases and
controls, but have not confirmed disease associations. Our sample set
was very heterogeneous: dogs with different breed lines and their
combinations were included, as well as dogs with different types of
epilepsy. Our preliminary results indicate that epilepsy in Border
Collies is a complex disease, and there are probably multiple genes
underlying the disease in this breed. Now we need to collect more
detailed data on all the dogs, and to define their epilepsy phenotype
more accurately. Also, we are interested in collecting samples from
families where epilepsy is particularly common. Thus, in addition to
collecting independent cases and controls, we would like to focus on
collecting samples from big epilepsy pedigrees with detailed epilepsy
phenotype information.

We recently identified a risk locus for idiopathic epilepsy in Belgian
Shepherds, but we do not have any evidence of the same locus being
involved in the disease risk in Border Collies. Our results indicate
that the genetic background of Border Collie epilepsy may be more complex
than the one of Belgian Shepherds.

With best wishes,
Lotta Koskinen

"BCSA Border Collie Health Survey" - Your input is needed!
Please take a few minutes to complete an online Border Collie Health Survey at, and also encourage other BC owners across all disciplines and registries, and from all parts of the world, to share their information as well. The data will be used to direct future involvement in scientific studies that benefit the breed. Your willingness to contribute to this important effort and your effort to cross post the survey link, and distribute survey flyers at dog events, are sincerely appreciated.

This survey focuses on Cancer and Neurologic/Behavioral Disorders, but data for other disorders common to BCs will also be collected. We need data from ALL BCs, including healthy BCs.

Data is collected anonymously, and results will be updated regularly on the website. The Survey will remain open for 12 months between October 2011 and October 2012. The lates results can be downloaded from this same website.

'Let's Talk About Patellas- The Putnam Method'
A talk will be held on Saturday 12th November 2011 at Great Alne Memorial Hall Warwicks at 1.30pm. It will be delivered by West Country Vet Bryony Herrod-Taylor who has a special interest in this condition. The cost is £15 per person and includes light refreshments. A buffet lunch will be available for a small charge on the day. In the morning the Lancashire Heeler Association (proposed) will be holding an 'Introduction to the Lancashire Heeler' talk which will include the history, breed standard and hands on but no formal assessment. Further details and an application form may be found at under Coming Events.

Eye Testing Session - The Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation are, by kind permission of the Midlands Border Collie Club, organising an eye testing session with Dr Ian Mason at Stoneleigh on Sunday October 2nd during the MBCC Open Breed Show. Gonioscopy and litter testing available. Please contact Hilary Kerr (01580 890422 or for further details and to make appointments. Testing will commence at 10 a.m

The PBHF 2012 Calandar is available now !- Price is just £5.00 (plus P&P if not collected at a show) Calendars can be ordered from Hilary Kerr (01580 890422) or email: alternatively speak to Hilary at one of the Championship Dog Shows in the UK. Calendars will be available as from Bournemouth Championship Dog Show.

Eye clinic on Saturday 6th August - The British Canaan Dog Society (proposed) are hosting an eye clinic with Prof Bedford on Saturday 6th August from 10am at Marshland St James, Norfolk PE14 8HD Contact Jill Terry to book an appointment email is tel 01945 430583 (before 6.30pm)

Glaucoma submission to the KC - Alan Wilton has submitted an updated proposal for Glaucoma research in the Border Collie to the Kennel Club - he has agreed partners for the research with an expert here in the U.K. alongside making use of USA conjunctions. Alan will also be looking at the recent cases of PRA. His submission document can be found <here>

Potential problems in BC's associated in breeding colours - The below article was produced and writen by Sue Ader <click here to download>

Animal Health Trust Breed Club Health Seminars - Three seminars have been organised by the Animal Health Trust. Kathie Kinton & Hilary Kerr will both be attending the September seminar on behalf of the PBHF. Why not reserve a place and join them? Kathie is also scheduled to attend a seminar on Glaucoma hosted by the Flatcoat Retreiver Club. <click here to download details of the AHT Seminars>

Seminar on MDR-1 - The Rough Collie Breed Council is hosting a seminar on MDR-1. The venue is the Kennel Club Building, Meeting Room A, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Coventry CV8 2LZ on Saturday, February 12th 2011. For further details and booking your place <click here>.

Health Update - Chairman Kathie Kinton will be presenting at the Border Collie Convention 2011 on the 29th January 2011. Full details on this presentation can be found on the BCC 2011 website -

Glaucoma Research Update 26-10-2010 - As you are all probably aware the PBHF held a gonioscopy research clinic at the beginning of October 2010.

Thank you to all who attended and who allowed us to send samples to Alan Wilton for the Glaucoma Research and also to Finland for Epilepsy Research. The day went very smoothly and thank you for your patience - there were a lot of dogs and our two vets worked flat out all day, as did our vet nurse and the 'paperwork team'! We now await news from the BVA panel after their next meeting in November when we hope to have very positive updates.

Our fundraising in the UK has been amazing this year - with the amount raised now into four figures and on behalf of the PBHF I would like to thank every single one of you who has bought a calendar (a few left), ring clip (sold out!) walked miles (thank you Pam Lyon!) or just made a donation, every penny counts. If you check out the PBHF website ( you will see various ways in which you can raise money - not least of which is the opportunity to have your dog's photo on the site for a month.

We are awaiting further news from the KC Charitable Trust with regard to our application for funding for this very expensive research project. This is the FIRST TIME we have approached the KCCT directly for funding for any of our research projects and we now await their decision - they are currently in discussion with Alan Wilton regarding the project. Previous gene tests have been funded entirely from donations (plus some help from the Australian Government which was negotiated by Alan), mainly here in the UK. The three gene tests we now have for inherited conditions (CEA,CL and TNS) were achieved through a lot of hard work - much of it from the UK BC folk.

A little while ago I wrote to various people/organisations in Europe, suggested to me by our Vice Chairman Bob Tunnicliff, asking if they would help us in our fund raising - the response has been minimal, which saddens us - a lot. The research project we are fund raising for will benefit every breeder/owner in the world - not just the UK! I know there are owners and breeders world wide who have submitted DNA samples to Alan Wilton in Australia and these samples are invaluable in helping him build a database of dogs - please continue!! But what we need is more help financially - some of the UK BC breed clubs have already made very generous donations to the fund and it would be wonderful if other clubs in the UK and clubs in other countries would do the same? So can I ask members of this group to ask their own clubs - WORLDWIDE- to help us? Every pound/euro/dollar helps. Perhaps breeders everywhere would like to think about donating perhaps £1 (or their currency equivalent) for every puppy they sell to the fund? Over 2,000 BC pups were registered in the UK alone last year - I will let you do the maths as to what even 50p a pup would add to the fund....

Maybe clubs could also consider adding space on entry forms for a donation to the PBHF? Glaucoma is horrible - no dog should have to go through the pain and trauma - we need to find a way of eliminating it from the global Border Collie gene pool - and quickly....

Our research may also benefit other breeds. The quicker the funds are raised, worldwide, the quicker we will achieve our target. No one reading this and owning a BC can afford to be complacent - this has come into our breed so quickly and unexpectedly and frankly right now we dont know where it will strike next - so for the sake of your dogs let's all pull together and get this done - the PBHF will continue to work tirelessly to find a solution to this problem - but we, frankly, will struggle to raise all of the money without the help of fellow BC owners and breeders worldwide.....

Any queries/questions/donations please don't hesitate to contact me.

Hilary Kerr Secretary, PBHF

Form downloads added to website - Various forms regarding research into Canine Epilepsy and Glaucoma have been added into the Current Research section of this website

PBHF Gonioscopy Eye Testing Day - Further research into Glaucoma in the Border Collie
A special testing day at the Bretby Conference Centre, Ashby Road, Bretby, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE15 0YZ has been organised for the 3rd October 2010. We are looking to get as many Border Collies as possible to attend, in particular dogs that have previously failed a gonioscopy test.

Glaucoma – eye condition
Several members of the group met with four of the Eye Panellists to review the gonioscopy test and on their advice have agreed to arrange a day when we can have at least 100 dogs to be reviewed by the Vets so they can give us further advice on the condition within the Border Collie. The 100 will be a wide range from within the population – so those that have already been tested including passes and failures plus many that have not yet been tested.

We have had an overwhelming response of co-operation from within the breed and are awaiting confirmation that the Vets can make the date and the venue. An update will go out as soon as we know the details.

Secondly, we are meeting in July with Alan Wilton who found and provides the DNA test for TNS to move forward the research to try and find the gene(s) to help develop a DNA test for Glaucoma.

Members of the group have been busy fund raising towards this aim and have done a great job – thanks to all who have bought raffle tickets – and thanks to Tracey and Jo for organising the raffles etc., - well done.

We have also had a response from the AHT regarding “hearing testing” and epilepsy both of which they are currently researching.

For Australian Shepherds they are also working on HC.

Further updates on the above to follow in due course.