very delighted to announce the launch of our new
Breed Health Survey and we invite and strongly
encourage every member to take part!
This is a survey that will be
repeated continuously on a five-year interval.
The aim is to be able to monitor trends and the
status of the Health of the Finnish Lapphund
population here in Great Britain. It has been
many years since the last survey, carried out by
the KC and BVA, and we now desperately need an
evidence-based tool to assist us in the
management of the breed. The survey is online
and an introduction is given when you begin. It
will take between 5 – 20 min on average to fill
in, depending on you circumstances.
Should your dog be as fit as ever
and never had a sick day in its life? Well,
please do fill in the survey anyway as this is
just as important!
We hope that the entire Finnish
Lapphund community will support this and that we
can obtain as much data as possible, all of
which will be published openly. The survey can
be filled in anonymously if you should wish.
Please note that the survey is
carried our PER DOG and only UK dogs should
participate (included permanent and temporary
imports). Apologies to those of you with a large
pack of hounds!
initiative is tremendously important for our
breed and I truly hope that you will be so kind
to take part. Please do spread the word as well,
so we can have as many participating as
possible. This letter will be emailed to you as
well and you can assess the survey from this
Please begin the survey by this
We will be giving away a prize to
one lucky participant by anonymous draw - the
book “Dog of Lappland – cheerfully present”
published by Lappalaiskoirat Ry and translated
into English. A must have! Please note that the
survey closes on April 1st – after
that date it will not be possible to take part.
We thank you ever so much for
taking part! A huge thank you to all those who
assisted me in putting this together, your
feedback and input was invaluable.
CLUB CONTACT : Ask a health question, report a health problem,
send a test result into the club, report a dog
passing away please contact the Health
Coordinator, Sara Iversen.
Breed Watch advisory
TESTS: Find out about the mandatory health tests in
place for breeding Finnish Lapphunds:
Hip Scoring. Breeders should choose sires and
dams with scores well below the Breed Mean Score
for the breed, which is 13 for Finnish Lapphunds
(as at 1st Nov. 2008, BVA).
Optigen gene test for prcd-PRA (progressive
Annual Eye Examinations by specialist vets for eye
conditions including GPRA (Schedule A) and HC,
PHPV, PPM and MRD (Schedule B, from 1st Jan.
See the KC and Finnish Lapphund Club of Great
of Ethics for
the rules on breeding using these tests.
Annual Eye Examinations by specialist vets and
Gene Tests for prcdPRA are both essential for
preventing new cases of vision loss.
Voluntary DNA test for Pompe
This list is updated monthly and
breeders are advised to monitor tested dogs for
any close relation to current breeding stock. If
such is found, we advise to test breeding dogs
Link to a Finnish site with tested dogs can
be found here:
For more information about this please
BVA Canine Health
KC/BVA Hip Dysplasia
Scheme and BVA
Breed Mean Hip Scores
list of veterinary eye specialists and details
of clinics around the country
BVA document What
is the Eye Scheme?
new eye tests from 1st January, 2010.
BVA Information on Hereditary
Eye Disease in Dogs. This is a full
overview that gets updated regularly
Background to the prcdPRA Gene Test:
December 05 Club Newsletter
All dogs must be permanently identified for BVA
Health Schemes: BVA
KC Breed Watch
KC Breed Watch
KC Breed Standard
KC Info on Health
KC Fit for
Function-Fit for Life
Breeders Scheme and ABS
BVA Mean Breed
Scores - all breeds
RESULTS: Find a dog's health test results and, if you are
buying a puppy or breeding, check the results of
the dam and sire and earlier generations.
The FLC of GB is very grateful to members for
permission to use the data. Also the UK Kennel
Club for permission to use data from the breed
health database and the Finnish Kennel Club &
the Finnish Lapphund Club of Finland for use of
the KoiraNet database.
To ensure health is monitored in the breed and
research is supported, all test results should
be sent to the FLC of GB Breed Archive. For the
Certificate of Eye Examination, the KC only
holds data on Schedule A conditions i.e. GPRA.
The BVA does not send copies of the Certificates
to the Breed Club. To make sure all eye
conditions are picked up and your dog's full eye
results are recorded on the Breed Archive
database, please send a clear photocopy or scan
of your dog's Certificate of Eye Examination to
Sara Iversen, FLC of GB Health Co-ordinator at email@example.com.
BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia
Scheme: Hip Scores -
for KC Registered dogs and their dams and sires
(one-off test). Includes Hip Score Comparison
Table. Sources: the KC, BVA, KoiraNet and the
FLC of GB Breed Archive.
Eye Test Results covering
the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme (annual test) and the
prcdPRA gene test for KC Registered dogs
(one-off test). Sources: the KC and the FLC of
GB Breed Archive.
Pompe Disease Results one off voluntary
DNA test to determine whether a dog is affected,
prcdPRA Gene Test
test). Link to KC records. The files are updated
at intervals by the KC.
Search the KC
Hip, Eye and prcdPRA results by dog's name or KC
Registration Number. Link to KC records. The
files are updated on a daily basis by the KC.
BVA Canine Health
Search all health test results held in Finland
The link includes a guide on using the database.
OPTIGEN EYE TESTS: Find out about Optigen's gene tests for prcd-PRA
and how to get discounts by going through:
Optigen's Discount Days. These are specific days
where a code is issued to give a discount online
for tests - more days planned in the Spring -
check the Optigen
Optigen 20/20 Clinics - owners group together to
Find out about UK group sessions here where the cost is about 50% compared to
doing the test individually. (Thanks to Alison
Seall for maintaining this list).
Find out about tests done by Optigen here
For 20/20 Clinic bookings in Moira, Derbyshire,
which must be
booked in advance, email Sheila Gay at
phone 01789 550888
Find out about Optigen's
Discount Days where
the prices are reduced for tests.
For full details on upcoming Optigen 20/20
clinics in the UK click here.
RESEARCH: Read the latest on research into Epilepsy and
Hereditary Cataracts in Finnish Lapphunds at the
University of Helsinki.
University of Helsinki Research introduction,
with links to instructions on sending samples to
support the research and questionnaire
among Finnish Lapphunds, 26 August
2009. Latest update on Epilepsy and Hereditary
Cataracts from the University of Helsinki with
instructions on samples
Epilepsy and Cataracts, Autumn 2008 from the
University of Helsinki.
HOW TO HELP: Find out how to support further research into
the health of Finnish Lapphunds. Your dog's data
is essential to researchers in the UK and
Finland working on new tests for health
improvement. They need as many samples as
possible of the types of dogs listed below to
help develop gene tests:
The Animal Health Trust needs samples from
healthy dogs which are over 8 years old, which
have no history of inherited disease and which
have been given the all clear by veterinary
examination e.g. the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme
The Animal Health Trust also needs samples from
dogs with any type of clinically diagnosed
disease, inherited or family related e.g.
diagnosed as having Idiopathic Epilepsy or
diagnosed by a BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme test as
affected with Cataracts, PRA, Primary Lens
Luxation, Sebaceous adenitis, Cerebellar ataxia
or Multifocal Retinal Dysplasia. Also samples
from close relatives of affected dogs. By close
relatives we mean parents, siblings and
The University of Helsinki's research team also
needs samples from dogs which have been given
the all clear by a BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme test
and dogs which are clinically diagnosed as
affected with Idiopathic Epilepsy or Cataracts.
The team also needs samples from close relatives
of affected dogs. By close relatives we mean
parents, siblings and grandparents - the older
Giving your dog's DNA is very straightforward
with a cheek swab kit or blood sample kit. At
the AHT, the Finnish Lapphund falls into two
areas of funding: a project to investigate
inherited eye conditions in northern breeds and
there is also a European-wide consortium, of
which Dr. Hannes Lohi's lab at the Univeristy of
Helsinki is involved, to investigate canine
The Animal Health Trust's DNA sample kit can be
obtained by emailing
For more information see the AHT site on current
Finland's University of Helsinki team have
research programmes on Idiopathic Epilepsy and
Hereditary Cataracts in the Finnish Lapphund.
See the instructions on how to provide samples
at the end of the document
University of Helsinki Research.
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BREEDERS' SYMPOSIUM NOV. 2009:
the summaries of the presentations on Patella
Luxation and Cruciate Ligament problems; Cancer
in dogs; Canine Dentistry; and KC Health
KC HEALTH SURVEY:
Find out the results of the Kennel Club health
survey of all breeds, carried out in 2004.
Survey 2004 introduction
Summary Results all