There are two heritable diseases that require testing for Corgis: Von Willebrands Disease 1 in Pembrokes and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in Cardigans.
There are relatively affordable DNA tests available for both of these diseases. Owners will be sent results identifying their dog as belonging to one of three categories:
Clear: the dog has 2 copies of the normal gene and will neither develop the disease, nor pass a copy of the gene to any of its offspring.
Carrier: the dog has one copy of the normal gene and one copy of the mutant gene that causes the disease. It will not develop the disease but will pass on the defective gene to 50% (on average) of its offspring.
Affected: the dog has two copies of the mutation and is affected with the disease. It will develop the disease at some stage in its life, assuming it lives to an appropriate age.
Carriers can still be bred to clear dogs. On average, 50% of such a litter will be clear and 50% carriers; there can be no affected puppies produced from such a mating. Pups which will be used for breeding can themselves be DNA tested to determine whether they are clear or carrier.
The Welsh Corgi Club of Victoria has decided to offer a voluntary register for both Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis to assist members in trying to remove these diseases from our breeds.
To place your dog on the register please forward a copy of the dog’s pedigree and the test results including the dog’s registration number to Matthew Markham at . The register will be available to all current members of the club on application.
This is a great opportunity to pop along and meet some corgis, and talk “corgi” with some of our members. Dogs Victoria have a full program of doggy activities, competitions and demonstrations for the day. An added attraction is the Canine Christmas Market, an excellent opportunity for some last minute Christmas shopping.
I am pleased to say there is an excellent entry of 105 individual dogs. The Catalogue is now finalised and exhibit numbers should be in the post tomorrow (19 October 2015). For those who have requested to pick up their numbers on the day, I will have them ready and waiting for you.
As normal the Committee have requested an outside ring for the Show, so please remember to pack your outside showing gear. In the event that bad weather or strong winds are predicted for Saturday, 31st October we will move inside.
As soon as Dogs Victoria inform us of the ring that they have allocated us I will post another update.
The Welsh Corgi Club of Victoria is proud to release the schedule for the 2015 Championship Show. This years show will be held on Saturday, 31st October 2015, and the Judge will be Mrs Patty Gailey (Triad, USA), and entries close on Thursday, 1st October 2015.
UPDATE: This event has now been postponed by the GODC until August. If you are interested it is worth checking their website regularly for more details.
The Geelong Obedience Dog Club have limited places available in their upcoming (16th & 17th May 2015) training workshop with Steve Austin. The cost is $90 per day, or $160 for both days – with morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided. Entries close tomorrow (Wed 11th May).
The Corgi Chatter is the Welsh Corgi Club of Victoria’s bi-monthly newsletter, and the March-April 2015 edition has just been emailed out now. If you are a current member you can receive it by email in glorious technicolor as a PDF document. The email edition gets sent as soon as we send the file off to the printers, so you get it earlier and in colour!
UPDATE Tuesday 5th May, 2015: Unfortunately Mr Greg Browne has had to withdraw a judge of the Open Show due to a serious medical condition. Mr Matthew Morse has kindly agreed to judge in Mr Browne’s absence this Saturday, 5th May 2015.
The Welsh Corgi Club of Victoria’s 2015 Open Show has moved back to May. The 62nd Annual Open Show will be held on Saturday, 9th May 2015; and will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Annual General Meeting. The AGM is scheduled to start at 11am, and judging of the Open Show will start at 12noon with Cardigan Dogs.
As the German Shepherd National is being held at KCC Park on the weekend of the 9th-10th May, it was decide that for this year only the Open Show will be held at the Bulla Dog Exhibition Centre.
This year’s judge is Mr Greg Browne, and entries close with Ms Sue Hadley on Friday, 17th April 2015.
The Corgi Chatter is the Welsh Corgi Club of Victoria’s bi-monthly newsletter, and the January-February 2015 edition has just been emailed out now. If you are a current member you can receive it by email in glorious technicolor as a PDF document. The email edition gets sent as soon as we send the file off to the printers, so you get it earlier and in colour!