Finnish Lapphund
Beardie, BC & Shelties
BC, Beardie & Shelties
Australian Shepherd Dog
Belgian Shepherd (Groenendal)
Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Laekenois)
Belgian Shepherd (Tervueren)
Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Tervueren)
Border Collies
Lancashire Heeler
Rough Collie
Shetland Sheepdog
Australian Shepherd Dog
Belgian Shepherd (Groenendal)
Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Laekenois)
BSD (Groenendal, Tervueren & Malinois)
Border Collie
Lancashire Heeler
Rough Collies
Shetland Sheepdog
Rough Collies
Belgian Shepherd Puppies
Border Collie puppies
Lancashire Heeler Puppy
Rough Collie Puppy
Shetland Sheepdog
Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Groenendal & Tervueren)
Border Collies
Rough Collies
Shetland Sheepdog
Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Laekenois)
Border Collie
Rough Collie
Shetland Sheepdogs
Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Laekenois)
Border Collie
Shetland Sheepdogs
Border Collies
Border Collie Puppies
Border Collie
Border Collie
Border Collies

OUR

SERVICES

Actively supporting health testing & research into conditions affecting the Pastoral Breeds.  Development of health tests is vital to ensure that we have the tools necessary for breeding and promoting animals that are "fit for function", sound and healthy

 

 
CURRENT AIMS AND RESEARCH

There are a number of health conditions that the PBHF is actively supporting further research.

CURRENT FUNDRAISING

The PBHF is constantly fundraising.  If you would like to support us, or run an event to fundraise, we would be delighted to hear from you.

HEALTH DATABASES

Various databases have been setup by organisations & individuals which include details on hereditary diseases in breeds within the Pastoral Group.

PBHF CONSTITUTION

In 2014 the constitution for the Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation was amended at the AGM in 2015. The updated constitution can be found here.

SCHEDULED CLINICS

  • Spring 2021 PBHF Discounted DNA postal clinic - huge discounts available for all pastoral breeds.

  • BVA EYE CLINIC at Happas Canine Centre

       Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October ​

       with Tony Wall

       Appointments still available from 2:15pm 

       on Friday and 1:45pm on Saturday - a few

       early morning appointments on both days

       Annual test and gonioscopy available

       ALL BREEDS welcome

       Phone 01307 820338 to book

INHERITED EYE DISEASE
January 2020 - All breeds
The British Veterinary Association and The Kennel Club
LATEST NEWS
Health developments as they happen and pastoral breeds information
10-5-2021 KC GENETICS CENTRE UP AND RUNNING FOR PRA DNA TESTS FOR SHELTIES
 

ABOUT

THE PBHF

The Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation began it's life as the CEA Working Group.  In 1999 the Border Collie Club of Great Britain created a fund to raise money for the research into Collie Eye Anomaly.  In 2000 the CEA Working Group was formed - this group contained representatives from all registered Border Collie societies, the Lancashire Heeler and the ISDS and Shetland Sheepdog societies.  Dr Jeff Sampson, Genetics Co-ordinator to the Kennel Club sat as an advisor.​  The objective was to promote research into genetically transmitted conditions and diseases affecting Border Collies and related breeds.  

 

The first and prime target was CEA and the group were in discussion with the scientific community to identify a research project that would concentrate on finding a genetic test for the condition.  Health surveys conducted in the UK & USA were analysed to identify further areas of concern.

 

After the DNA test for CEA became widely available, it was clear to the participating Breed Clubs and Societies that the name "CEA Working Group" needed to be re-thought.  The title of "Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation" was decided upon because of the original objective which was, and still is, to promote research into genetically transmitted conditions and diseases affecting Border Collies and related breeds.

 

Since becoming the PBHF, the foundation has worked on a number of projects including endorsing the MDR1 DNA test across many of the pastoral breeds, promoting the availability of testing via the clinics and publishing information on certain drugs known to cause adverse reactions from dogs that are mutant/mutant (m/m).

 

Various DNA tests have been developed for the Shetland Sheepdog and are available.

 

Most recently, and following research funded in part by the PBHF, the DNA test for pre-disposition to glaucoma was developed and launched.  The test is supported by the UK Kennel Club.  Numerous clinics have been held worldwide and hundreds of dogs tested, reducing the major risk of blindness in the Border Collie.  Research continues to find the final link on what makes a GG affected dog progress to glaucoma and loss of eyes.  However, we just do not have enough dogs to follow up.  For example, we estimate we would need something like 20 to 30 dogs with glaucoma and the same number of GG with severe goniodysgenesis.  We therefore are encouraging the saving of any DNA from any dogs that have lost eyes for possible future research.  The current DNA by design will, if used correctly, reduce the cases of glaucoma.  There is now clear evidence of this being the case.

 

New research areas are PRA in Shelties, lymphoma in all pastoral breeds and thyroid conditions in the Border Collie.  For many years the PBHF have supported epilepsy research and will continue to do so.
 

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THE COMMITTEE

Chairman:                                 

  Kathie Kinton 01327 830308

Acting Secretary:                     

  Val Hayward

Agility Health Co-ordinator:

  Lindsey Bridges

Vice Chairman:                         

  Klara Zolakova

Treasurer:                                  

  Marion Withers  email 
 

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