This is a reminder to fill in the Health Survey 2014 if you have not already replied and that everything must be received by the end of December.
THE NORFOLK TERRIER BREED HEALTH SURVEY 2014
5 April 2014
The Norfolk Terrier Club of Great Britain is this year celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and one of the many things we are doing is an official Breed Health Survey, with the help of the Kennel Club. We would like to invite you to participate in this very important and timely endeavour.
All those who have ever owned a Norfolk Terrier will agree that there is no terrier breed like it, with its strong personality and loveable demeanour. We have also been blessed with a breed that is robust, free of physical exaggerations, and free of breed specific health problems. As you may know, the Kennel Club currently requires no tests of any kind from us. This a good state for a breed to be in, but as you know, the Norfolk Terrier does indeed occasionally experience bad health just the same as every other dog does. The purpose of this survey is to find out what these problems are, and how they rank in terms of numbers. Such a survey will enable us to:
The result you will receive, from the Kennel Club and from us, will consist of a graph showing the numbers of dogs involved in each condition relative to total the number involved in the survey. That is, nobody involved in the breed will know who wrote what on their form, apart from the veterinary biosciences graduate who will be analysing the results. Please complete the form with care, and return it to us as soon as possible even if you have no health issues to report. Your participation and involvement will be much appreciated.
- Assess the general health of the Norfolk Terrier in the United Kingdom
- Resolve anecdotal evidence and suspicions
- Pinpoint particular Norfolk Terrier breed problems if there are
- Suggest whether we need to test, and what we need to test for in the UK specifically
- Create baseline data with which future surveys can be compared
- Give evidence-based advice to breeders
The Norfolk Terrier Breed Health Survey 2014
4 St Stephens Hill
Health Survey Cover Letter
Health Survey Form
NORFOLK TERRIER HEALTH, CURRENT SCHEMES
The Health Snapshot
The Health Snapshot is a survey of notable health problems that have occurred in individual Norfolk Terriers from all over the country. These reports are collated and assessed for any pattern of disease that may have developed.
It depends on people volunteering information about the disease, age, and sex of the dog. We do not require any breeding information at this point. To participate, all you have to do is contact Jill Stevenson on 01949 860251 or download a form here.
The DNA Bank
For only £5 you can have your dogs DNA saved in our DNA Bank at the Animal Health Trust.
The test kits are available from Andre Hess.
The Heart Auscultation Survey
Andre Hess will listen to your dogs heart for murmurs free of charge. Any results are recorded and will contribute towards our data base.
Please contact Andre if you would like him to come and check your dogs hearts. He always has his stethoscope with him, and is prepared to travel (within reason!).
The Club depends on YOU to volunteer your dogs. Do not wait to be asked.
- Ten Signs Your Dog Needs a Vet by Andre Hess. Download
- Form to complete if your dog has/had health problems. Download
- Health Report by Jill Stevenson, AGM 2012. Download
- Help! Emergency! When to Phone the Vet. Download
- Heart Disease and the Norfolk Terrier by Dr David Connolly. Download
- Heart Testing by Andre Hess. Download
- A Guide to Help with Fading Puppies by Andre Hess. Download
The Norfolk Terrier Club of Great Britain
The Health of the Norfolk Terrier: an Interim Statement
· The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terriers, with a hardy constitution. A demon for its size, it is not quarrelsome and has a lovable disposition.
· The Norfolk Terrier is not known for exaggerated physical features of any kind.
· The Norfolk Terrier has no known breed-specific health problems and, therefore, no breed-specific health tests or schemes administered by the Kennel Club.
· The Norfolk Terrier Club of Great Britain is committed to assuring the continued good health of the breed. It has invited its members to participate in a voluntary, informal research project to provide baseline data for use in future studies and comparisons with known data on heart disease in terrier breeds in general. The scheme is outlined on the Club website.
· The Club is proud of its coverage of health and breeding issues in its newsletters and yearbooks.
· The Club organises an annual lecture, with priority on promoting the health and breeding of the Norfolk Terrier.