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The Anti-Docking Alliance 

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The Campaign Against the Docking of Dogs' Tails

 
GUN DOG GROUP and GUNDOG UTILITY GROUP
BRITTANY; BRACCO ITALIANO; German Shorthaired POINTER; German Wirehaired POINTER; Hungarian VIZSLA; Hungarian Wirehaired VIZSLA; Italian SPINONE; Large MUNSTERLANDER; Spaniel (AMERICAN COCKER); Spaniel (CLUMBER); Spaniel (COCKER); Spaniel (ENGLISH SPRINGER); Spaniel (FIELD); Spaniel (SUSSEX); Spaniel (WELSH SPRINGER); SPANISH WATER DOG; WEIMARANER; WEIMARANER long-haired (formerly tip-docked)
GUNDOG UTILITY GROUP (2008): SPANISH WATER DOG (previously docked); Kooikerhondje (undocked); Lagotto Romagnolo (undocked)

LITTERS AVAILABLE NOW  - LISTED UNDER THE BREED
ADA Registration - In order to obtain breeders' names it is necessary to register with A.D.A.  

ANY  PASTORAL OR TOY GROUP BREEDERS
READING THIS PAGE 
PLEASE REGISTER WITH A.D.A. foc          Register

For DOG LAW including BREEDING LAWS see this Kennel Club link:-
http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/397/pg_dtl_art_news/pg_hdr_art/pg_ftr_art
OR for the Act itself
:-
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/ACTS/acts1999/19990011.htm
   

puppybarks
Uraner, Weimaraner long-haired
We are starting to ask breeders if they would supply the following information (you will see the answers some breeders have given next to their litter advertisement):-
* 1 Exempted breeds only. All litters undocked? Yes/No
* 1a If not, will a puppy will be left undocked on request? Yes/No

* 2 Litters are reared in domestic environment not kennels, barns etc.? Yes/No
* 3. Litters are KC registered? Yes/No
* 3a DNA done? Yes/No
* 4 All tests relative to breed carried out on parent dogs and KC certificates available for viewing by prospective purchasers? Yes/No
*5 Any known inherited genetic health problems in ancestry? Yes/No
If Yes please state (include torsion) …………………………………………..
6 Do you provide a contract with the sale of your puppies Yes/No
Does your contract provide either/both the following:-
* 6a As the breeder, do you undertake to rehome/or help to rehome a puppy/dog you have bred? Yes/No
*6b Buyer signs to promise not to have the puppy docked except for truly therapeutic reasons Yes/No
*7 Litters are mircrochipped/tattooed Yes/No
* 8 Puppies are wormed Yes/No
* 8a Puppy comes with puppy pack of information leaflet, pedigree, registration documents, photos of parent dogs and the next 48 hours of food. Yes/No
* 9 After sales advice given. Yes/No
*10 Are you a Kennel Club Accredited breeder?
*11a. No bitch I own is bred from in the same 12 months as having a litter
*11b No bitch I own  is bred from before 2 yrs or after  7 years


NB  IF ANY OF OUR BREEDERS IS FOUND TO HAVE GIVEN ERRONEOUS ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS TO QUALIFY FOR A FREE ADVERTISEMENT, THEY WILL BE REMOVED.

Spaniel Sussex - No litters available at present.  Breeders' lists available register with A.D.A.
BREEDERS -Have you an Undocked Litter of puppies? Contact The Alliance for advice and help in  promoting your undocked litter. Please note we cannot 'vet' your litters but  will expect responsible ethics in dog breeding.  BREEDERS – if you have a “swimmer” puppy take a look at this http://cockerspanielinformation.com/  before you have the puppy put to sleep.
BREEDERS -
watch out for loose fibres on fleece bedding as puppies can ingest and die.

MEMBERS
- Do you want information on breeders of undocked docked breeds? 
Contact
A.D.A.
2004 DOCKED BREED REGISTRATIONS   88,600!!!! in one year alone - this does not count those that were not registered and mongrels that were docked.
DO NOT BUY FROM ANY ADVERTISER WHO WILL DELIVER TO A MOTORWAY SERVICE STATION OR TO YOU AND USES A MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER ONLY. OFTEN THEY SELL SEVERAL DIFFERENT BREEDS. BE ULTRA CAUTIOUS WHEN BUYING FROM A NON-PERSONAL WEBSITE OR ADVERTISEMENT IN A LOCAL PAPER. ALWAYS SATISFY YOURSELF THAT THE BREEDER IS BONA FIDE AND IS SHOWING YOU THE ACTUAL DAM AND SIRE OF THE LITTER FROM WHICH YOU ARE BUYING. ASK TO HAVE THE SIRE AND DAM'S DETAILS OF ALL THE APPROPRIATE HEALTH CHECK CERTIFICATES FOR THAT BREED AND CHECK THEM OUT WITH THE KENNEL CLUB FOR AUTHENTICITY. IF YOU VISIT AN ESTABLISHMENT TO BUY A PUPPY AND ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT THE CONDITIONS AND WHAT YOU ARE BEING TOLD - DO NOT BUY - REPORT YOUR CONCERNS TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITY FOR THAT AREA AND ASK THEM TO INVESTIGATE OR/ANDTHE RSPCA. BUYING A PUPPY FROM A BAD BREEDER ONLY MAKES THEM CARRY ON MAKING MONEY FROM IRRESPONSIBLE BREEDING PRACTICES BECAUSE PEOPLE BUY JUST TO GET THE PUPS AWAY FROM THE AWFUL CONDITIONS.
BY DOING JUST THIS, YOU MIGHT END UP GETTING A LIFE TIME OF VETS' BILLS.

                                                                           

1998>    PAIN - Recent research has shown that neonates are HYPERsensitive
rather than HYPOsensitive as has been widely believed.  Neonates have an
intact sensory central nervous system that does not have descending modular
pathways that act as pain blocks seen in adults.  Research has also shown that
the memory of neonatal pain can affect the animal in its adult life.  Symptoms
include decreased pain threshold, anxiety, social disorders and aggression.   
For FULL details link to
:- Pain See Photos
DOCKED BREEDS'  HEALTH INFORMATION
 1/03 Recent articles by Wood and Lakhani (Animal Health Trust) show from an analysis of Labs. and Gordon Setters' BVA/KC hip scoring scheme that age of screening is important.  Also it seems to show that the score depends upon the month in which the dog was born.  In Lab/Rets. the hip score increases from the mean of 15 at 2 yr s of age to nearly 18 when done at 6 yrs old.  Dogs born between June and  October have a lower hip score than those born between November and May.
 HD – fairly good hips;  HD – borderline hip dysplasia; HD – serious hip dysplasia  (refers to each breed below)
Figure in brackets is breed average hip score.Try to find litters where parents' hip scores are lower than averag
e

IMPORTANT
WARNING - DO NOT BUY a puppy from a breeder who will not/cannot show you both the parent dogs' genuine Kennel Club/BVA hip score certificateS (or eye tests) in the breeds where there is a high prevalence of hip dysplasia (and eye problems). Check that
the hip scores are within an acceptable range and eye tests are clear


E
NDORSEMENTS can be placed on a dog's KC registration papers by the breeder providing the dog is still in their ownership. There are 2 types of endorsements:-
R = Progeny not eligible for registration
X = Export Pedigree not Allowed
These do not prevent the dog being bred from or sent overseas but they do prevent litters being registered with the Kennel Club or the dog being registered at an overseas Kennel Club

EYE TESTING - remember to take your KC Registation Cetificate of dog to be tested
September 21st at Sports Connexion, Ryton on Dunsmore (Wire-haired Dachshund Club) All breeds welcome 11.00 am to 3.00pm with Prof Bedford. Appts Lesley Patton 02891 463829 or email lesley@lesandric.com
Every Wednesday Vet Surgery Main Street, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7DF Tek 01928 734040 Fax 01928 739955  email peter@eye-vet.co.uk


2002 HIP SCORES – USA  & BVA
An informal appraisal of the comparative hip scores from O.F.A. (Orthopaedic
Foundation for Animals (USA)   and BVA (British Veterinary Association: as
assessed by Dr. G. Keller , Chief of Veterinary Services at OFA:-


OFA                                                        BVA
Excellent                                              0-4 (no>3/hip)
Good                                                      5-10 (no>6/hip)
Fair                                                       11-18
Borderline                                            19-25
Mild dysplasia                                     26-35
Moderate dysplasia                             36-50
Severe dysplasia                                  51-106
IT WILL BE ILLEGAL FOR PUPPIES TO BE DOCKED after April 2007 (30th April Scotland).  Any puppy that has been docked as a Working dog covered by the exemptions must hold a Veterinary Certificate to say it has been done lawfully. Check photos out on this site to see what an undocked dog looks like

HEALTH CHECKS
which should be carried out on parent dogs for the following “docked” breeds before a puppy is purchased are listed against the breeds below. 

(ALSO SEE Kennel Club website for GENETICS http://www.doggenetichealth.org/   Preferably buy from dogs which are kept in a domestic environment and not kennels as these should be better socialised and temperamentally more suited to their new family setting:-  Never buy from a puppy farm e.g. (where there are lots of different breeds  or pet store.

2007 KENNEL CLUB has stated that in all judging books this statement be added:-
'In assessing dogs, judges should penalise any features or exaggerations which they consider would be detrimental to the soundness, health and well-being of the dog'.
DOG BREED STANDARDS (with tails)  check these out for your breed before purchasing
a puppy. 
http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/     > Discover Dogs
03/04  The Kennel Club have launched  an Accredited Breeders' Scheme with a code
of best practice.

KC JUDGING  NB!!  Judges at KC licensed shows must judge in accordance with KC Breed Standards.  In assessing dogs, judges must penalise any features or exaggerations which they consider would be detrimental to the SOUNDNESS, HEALTH, OR WELL BEING OF THE DOG.  Judges are expected to maintain and abide by the highest standards........   
KENNEL CLUB AFFIXES (BREEDERS' KENNEL NAMES) can now be found on
KC website    http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/    New ones will be added around
16th of each month.   Any queries or objections should be made to the KC within
4 weeks of the first display:-
Specialist Business Team, The Kennel Club, 4a Alton House, Office Park,
Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury. Bucks HP19 8XU
  If you are a breeder, Affix holder
or have any dogs registered with the Kennel Club, please help them keep
your details up to date.
  Click here to download a form  
http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk.forms/formsIndex.html or call the KC
on 0870 6066750.


NB PUPPIES can now be registered with the KC by their new owners on line
http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/owner
Canine Epilepsy Support Group – Mrs. Anne Morley, Helpline 08707 469 329  EPILEPSY 10/05 - Research is being undertaken by Faculty of Veterinary Science, Liverpool University (&Manchester Univs)PO Box 147 Liverpool L69 3BX email   a.dunne@liverpool.ac.uk  If you have a dog suffering from epilepsy please contact them.  You will need to send a blood sample and this can be from any excess blood taken for any other procedure at your Vets ** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs – The Assoc. of
Veterinarians for Animal Rights - California

Some of the following breed health notes are incomplete and will be gradually up-dated as
information becomes available
.  
LISTED AS DOG TYPE FIRST - e.g. VIZSLA Hungarian Wire-haired, SPANIEL Cocker
PHOTOS OF  GUN DOG GROUP UNDOCKED DOCKED BREEDS
Pointers, Spaniels, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Spinone etc

Litters available listed under breed
DETAILS OF  GUN DOG GROUP -
UNDOCKED DOCKED DOG BREEDS

"A Dog is for LIFE" - don't buy a puppy without
researching the breed and believing that you will give that
breed a home for life.

Litters available listed under breed
BRACCO ITALIANO
Has anyone got an undocked photo?
BRACCO ITALIANO (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 2005=31; 2006=51; 2007=31
Check for temperaments
puppybarks  Bracco Italiano  litters -None at present
CANE CORSO
Has anyone got an undocked photo?
CANE CORSO (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 2005=
  Check for temperaments
puppybarks Cane Corso litters - none at present
spinonespinone

  ITALIAN SPINONE
ITALIAN SPINONE (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=263; 94=311; 95=420; 96=336; 97=472; 98=302; 99=274; 2000=405;
01=276; 02=379;03=325; 04=293; 05=425; 06=353; 07=450

HD average 15 Cerebellar Ataxia; hip dysplasia; osteochondritis; (Elbow problems);
bloat/torsion; ear problems ?pseudomonas
  Check for temperaments

Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says : Breed not yet numerically strong so information kn inherited or possible inherited defects are not yet available. EYES: Occasional cases of ectropion and entropion, inheritance unclear. Can be surgically treated. SKELETAL: Elbow dysplasia especially fragmented coronoid process (FCP) type tends to be polygenically in herited with relatively high heritability (over 40%). Breeders should continue to place emphasis on hip scores.OTHER PROBLEMS: Hypothyroidism is sometimes seen and can lead to the destruction of the thyroid gland due to the dog's own immune system attacking the gland. Leads to rough scaly skin hair loss and weight gain. Mode of inheritance uncertain but may be recessive trait. Liver problems caused by portosystemic shunt tends to intrahepatic type (blood vessels in the liver are abberrant causing abnormal blood circulation and impaired metabolism) Mode of inheritance uncertain. Cerebellar ataxia has been reported and leads to loss of Purkinje's cells of the cerebellum and to abnormal movement and head shaking. Usually lethal and thought to be caused by autosomal recessive trait through genetic cause.

** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs - The Assoc. of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights - California

**Eclampsia; entropion.

KC Accredited breeders should hip score

puppybarks Italian Spinone litters - none at present.  Breeders' lists can be obtained by registering with A.D.A.
munsterlander
LARGE MUNSTERLANDER
(hardly ever docked now)
MUNSTERLANDER LARGE (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=108; 94=122; 95=99; 96=119; 97=110; 98=104; 99=97; 2000=106;
01-147; 02=153;03=147; 04=165
; 05=133; 06=122; 07=154
HD Average 14
( 2002 Best score 0 and worst score 88 in UK) Parents should be eye tested
TAIL STANDARD 2007- Well set on, in line with the back. Base thick, tapering evenly towards the tip, well feathered.  It should be carried horizontally or carried slightly upwards.  Previously docking of tip of tail was optional.
?Torsion Check for temperaments
Malcolm Willis, (Geneticist) says:- Hepatitis - symptoms include weight loss and vomiting
possibly acquired and not inherited.  Cataracts recorded but thought to be of a polygenic
nature although could be a dominant gene.  Breed has renal problem where excessive  amino acid
cystine is excreted via the urine.  May cause kidney stones not known whether genetic.
KC Accredited breeders should hip score and eye test
puppybarks Large Munsterlander litters - none at present.  Breeders' lists can be obtained by registering with A.D.A.
Germanshorthairedpointer Maguire
POINTER GERMAN SHORT-HAIRED
POINTER GERMAN SHORT-HAIRED ((GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=1016; 94=1175; 95=1146; 96=1321; 97=1333; 98=1418; 99=1154;
2000=1403; 01=1217; 02=1348;03=1406; 04=1448
; 05=1489; 06=1530; 07=1497
HD average 10 Torsion?   Check for temperaments
** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs – The Assoc. of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights - California

**Acral mutilation; Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism); cataract; corneal dystrophy;
entropion; eversion of nictitating membrane; familial amaurotic idiocy; fibrosarcoma; hip dysplasia; hypoadrenocorticism; hypothyroidism; juvenile amaurotic idiocy; lipidosis; lymphoedema; lysomal storage disease; melanoma; neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis; osteochondritis dissecans; osteochondrosis; pannus; progressive retinal atrophy; subaortic stenosis; thrombocytopathy; Von Willebrands disease.
KC Accredited Breeders should hip score

See more photos of German Short-haired Pointers
puppybarks Pointer German Short-haired litters - none at present.  Breeders' lists can be obtained by registering with A.D.A.
 

POINTER GERMAN LONG-HAIRED (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC Registrations 2007=40;
TAIL STANDARD 2007 Well feathered, slightly scimitar shaped, moderately long, not reaching below hocks.  Strong at root, becoming gradually thinner.  Carried horizontally or just below line of back.  Previously docking of tip was optional.

WHPointer
POINTER GERMAN WIRE-HAIRED  

POINTER GERMAN WIRE-HAIRED (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations:  1993=208; 94=222; 95=254; 96=260; 97=289; 98=297; 99=277; 2000=368;
01=313; 02=396;03=413; 04=420; 05=432; 06=287; 07=392

HD average 11 some entropion and skin problems Torsion?   Check for temperaments
** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs – The Assoc. of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights - California

**Cataract; entropion; hip dysplasia; osteochondritis dissecans; osteochondrosis; retinal
dysplasia; subcutaneous cysts; Von Willebrands disease

KC accredited breeders should hip score
puppybarks Pointer German Wire-haired litters - none at present.  Breeders' lists
can be obtained by registering with
A.D.A.
americancocker
SPANIEL  -  AMERICAN COCKER
SPANIEL - AMERICAN COCKER (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=409; 94=389; 95=361;  96= 489; 97=442; 98=465; 99=543; 2000=610; 01=512; 02=503;03=549; 04=599
; 05=447; 0
6= 501; 07=435
Parents should be eye tested.
Only 7 hip scored in breed and range 8 - 90 = average 22.4. More
hip scoring needs to be done
  Check for temperaments
** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs – The Assoc. of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights - California

**Abherent cilia; allergies; anasarca; apocrine gland tumour; basal cell tumour; behavioural
abnormalities; cataract; cataract with microphthalmia; cleft lip; cleft palate; corneal dystrophy;
cranioschisis; cutaneous asthenia; cyclic nutropaenia; distichiasis; ectropion; Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; elbow dysplasia; entropion; eoidermoid cyst; epilepsy; factor VIII deficiency or haemophilia type A; Factor X deficiency; glaucoma; haemolytic anaemia; haemophilia A; haemophilia B; hip dysplasia; hydrocephalus; hypothyroidism; inguinal hernia; intervertebral disc disease; keratitis sicca; kerato conjunctivitis sicca; lens luxation; lip fold dermatitis; lysomal storage disease; melanoma; osteo chondritis dissecans; osteo chondrosis; otitis externa;  overshot jaw; patellar  luxation; patent ductus arteriosus ; perianal gland tumour; persistent pupillary membrane; primary peripheral retinal dystrophy; progressive retinal atrophy; renal cortical hypoplasia; retinal dysplasia; sebaceous gland tumour; seborrhoea; skin neoplasms; tail abnormalities; umbilical hernia; undershot jaw; ununited anconeal process; Von Willebrands disease

Canine Epilepsy Support Group – Mrs. Anne Morley, Helpline 08707 469 329
KC Accredited breeders should eye test including gonioscopy  In 2007 DNA test P
RA

PHOTOSpuppybarks
SPANIEL - AMERICAN COCKER LITTERS AVAILABLE
(breeders' lists also available to registered members) A.D.A.
puppybarks Spaniels American Cocker   BREEDER undocked USA New Hampshire - NICOL David and Elizabeth email
mcdonald  Spaniels American Cocker New York
email  DIANE-HOME@TRISERVEPR.COM

((SPANIEL) - BRITTANY

Has anyone got a nice photo?
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)BRITTANY (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=87; 94=160; 95=153; 96=134; 97=111; 98=143; 99=125; 2000=150;
01=103; 02=98; 03=105; 04=150; 05=126; 06=167; 07=203

HD average 18  (max 106) Check for temperaments
TAIL STANDARD 2007 - Naturally tail-less or short, previously customarily docked. Full tail set high, carried horizontally or slightly lower.

Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says that being a numerically small breed (French) there are not many animals in the UK in which to study problems. Umbilical and inguinal hernias may be found and the former is inherited. He suggests that small hernias be left alone and operations and breeding decisions should be confined to larger hernias. Cryptorcchidism (undescended testicles) possibly in 1-2%. Hypothyroidism (thyroid ddamaged by dog's own immune system) will sometimes occur. Entropion will be seen occasionally as will overshot bites and missing teeth. Mode of inheritance in any of these is unclear. Heart and circulatory systems Haemophilia A is known in breed and is inherited as a sex link recessive trait found on x chromosome, therefore rarely seen in females although they can be carriers and appear normal. When it does occur is usually due to a mating between normal male to a carrier female whose status was unknown. The end result would be half males would be normal and half would have haemophilia although values could alter in litters. An affected male if bred from will have 100% normal males and 100% carrier females. Males could be used without risk but females who could lead normal lives should not be bred from. The condition varies from mild to severe bleeding resulting in death. Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). This is a heart condition where the blood vessels between the aorta and pulmonary artery fail to close properly after birth. These vessels are normal in the unborn but if they persist after birth they can cause heart murmurs and can lead to sudden death. PDA is believed inherited and to be polygenic.
Skeletal - can be affected by hip dysplasia. In Uk 14th worst breed and is only just better than the German Shepherd.
Those scoring less than 15 should present no problem to the dog but all dogs should be hip scored. Hip dysplasia is a polygenic trait with inheritance of between 25 and 45 per cent depending on the breed. The inheritance in the Brittany has not yet been defined. Fragmented Coronoid Process (FCP) is part of the elbow dysplasia syndrome and is known in Brittanys and is a polygenic trait with slighly higher inheritance than Hip Dysplasia. Patella Luxation has been known in the Brittany (kneecap rotates - usually inwards) because the kneecap is not securely in place. Usually a feature of smallish breeds and likely to be polygenic in origin. Eyes - PRA inherited as an autosomal recessive so for it to occur both parents must be carriers. DNA testing for this exists in other breeds but not yet for the Brittany. Lens luxation (lens slips to one side cuasing considerable pain) has been reported in the breed and is recessive trait. Mode of inheritance not established and until established consider as simple recessive. Cataracts and Glaucoma are known in breed but inheritance uncertain. Glaucoma can be primary but in some breeds is merely a symptom of some other problem in the dog. Neurological diseases - Epilepsy is known in the Brittany. Males more likely affected than females and usually starts between 15 nd 42 months. American research is suggesting that a major recessive gene linked to some sex effect may be the primary cause of idiopathic epliepsy. Fitting dogs should not be bred from. Cerebella degeneration where the Purkinjes cells of the cerebellum in the brain degenerate and is known in several breeds. Usuall onset is early in life and is seen as lack of coordination (ataxia) and paralysis. Possible autosomal recessive gene and possible later onset in Brittany. Usually fatal. Muscular degeneration (atrophy) of the spine is known in variety of breeds and a form of it has been reported in the Brittany. Can occur in puppyhood resulting in muscle wastage on legs and weakness on all four legs. Thought to be due to degeneration of the neurons of the spinal cord. Inheritance uncertain.
Other defects: Portosystemic shunts of 2 kinds. One in which the animal is born with extra blood vessels, which allows blood to bypass the liver. In the second there are abnormal blood vessels inside the liver which cause abnormal circulation of blood and incorrect functioning of liver. Brittany reported as having former which usually necessitates corrective surgery. Mode of inheritance unclear but constitutes a congenital defect since it is present from birth. Reports of 2 skin disorder in the Brittany. One is a deficiency in the immune system rendering the dog more susciptible to skin disease. The other is Discoid Lupus Erythematosus which results in scaly skin, pigment loss on the nose, crusting and ulceration. Also seen in some GSDs albeit rarely and may have a genetic basis.

** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs – The Assoc. of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights - California

**Cataract; cleft palate; complement deficiency; distichiasis; Factor VIII deficiency or haemophilia A;
Haemophilia A; hereditary nephritis (Samoyed hereditary glomerulopathy); lens luxation;
osteochondritis dissecans; osteochondrosis;  progressive retinal atrophy; retinal dysplasia

KC Accredited breeder should hip score

PHOTOS puppybarks
BRITTANY - no litters available at present.  For breeders' lists
contact A.D.A.
SpanClumber SPANIELCLUMBER SPANIEL - CLUMBER (GUN DOG GROUP)
SPANIEL CLUMBER
KC
registrations: 1993=207; 94=223; 95=219; 96=142; 97=166; 98=127; 99=105; 2000=150;
01=111; 02=170;03=134; 04=158; 05=192; 06=247; 07=223

HD average 40.1  (range of 0-102)  11% sore <10; 26% <16; 55% 30>; 35% 50>
Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says:- Breeding should be limited with scores 30>. S
ome eyelash and eyelid problems. Torsion?  This is a vulnerable breed so it is difficult to select from good hip stock at the same time selecting for other health issues and breed standards.  Some health problems may not be spotted because of the breeds' small numbers which in a large numerical breed would surface and be noted.    Check for temperaments Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says:- A reduction in bodyweight would help hip problems. Entropion and Ectropion connected with macropalpebral fissure (an unusually large opening between the eyelids) probably of polygenic inheritance. The fissure can lead to diamond shape of eye and a combination of both entropion and ectropion.  Cataracts inheritance suspected.  Mitochondria (small spherical bodies involved with adenosine triphosphate synthesis; they can replicate and are involved with enzyme production. Myopathy (muscle disease) caused by deficiency of mitochondria also caused by deficiency of pyruvate dehydrogenase and this brings about malfunction of mitochondria causing sudden death but is rare.

** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs – The Assoc. of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights - California

**Ectropion; entropion; hip dysplasia; teeth abnormalities; undershot jaw; uterine inertia primary
 
KC Accredited Breeders should hip score
PHOTOS puppybarks

SPANIEL - CLUMBER No litters available at present.
For breeders' lists contact A.D.A.

workingcocker cocker
                
                         SPANIELS  -  COCKER
SPANIELS - COCKER (GUN DOG GROUP -Woodcock)
KCregistrations:
1993=13002;94=12808;95=14437;96=14468;97=14541;98=14117;99=13378;
2000=13445; 01=12680;02=13417; 03=14832;04=16,608; 05=17,46
8; 06=20,459
06=20,459; 07= 20883
HD average 14.85 Parents should be eye tested.    Check for temperaments
Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says: EYES PRA probably recessive genetic trait; lens luxation probably autosomal recessive; recessive cataract which can be identified from birth as can later ones; glaucoma primary or secondary – primary cab lead to blindness and is known in 2 forms; retinal dysplasia in which abnormal retinal folds develop, in extreme can bring blindness' entropion; ectropion. Circulation – cardiomyopathy may be inherited; narrowing of pulmonary artery where it attaches to heart causing heart murmurs and enlargement of right side of heart,
this is known as pulmonic stenosis – may be inherited as polygenic trait; haemophilia A and B both sex-linked recessive genes on X chromosome, both rare conditions which tend to occur in the male.  Haemophilia A is problem with Factor VIII, Haemophiliaaa B with Factor IX. An even rarer condition is Factor II which causes mild gum bleeds in puppies and bruising in adults.  Skeletal problems – luxating patellas usually knee cap turns inwards, may be polygenic trait;
hip dusplasia – about one third score <10 - 70% score <15 and 6% 30> and less than 2% 50>  Other problems – Vestibular disease, symptoms include head tilt, loss of balance, circling, staggering gait.  Impression is an ear problem but probably recessive autosomal trait.  Serious kidney disease appears to be recessive genetic trait – there is a size reduction of the kidneys leading to death in some casesSome solid gold colours have had ‘rage  syndrome'; reputable breeders have virtually eliminated the problem.

** = Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs – The Assoc. of Veterinarians
for Animal Rights – California

 **Cataract; Cryptorchidism; Distichiasis; Ectropion; Entropion; Factor II deficiency or
hypoprothrombinaemia; Glaucoma; Haemaphilia A; Hermaphroditism; Hypothyroidism; 
Juvenile amaurotic idiocy; lens luxation;  Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis;  Osteochondritis
dissecans;  Osteochondrosis;  Patent ductus arteriosis; Persistent  pupillary membrane;
Progressive retinal atrophy; pseudohermaphrodism; Retinal dysplasia; swimmer puppies;
Von Willebrand's Disease
 
Check ears once a week – Bio-Groom Ear Fresh Astringent Powder £5.25 use once or twice a month.
Breed Tail Standard:-
Set on slightly lower than line of back. Must be merry in action and carried level,
never cocked up. Customarily docked.
Undocked: Slightly curved, of moderate length, proportionate to size of body giving
an overall balanced appearance; ideally not reaching below the hock. Strong at the root
and tapering to a fine tip; well feathered in keeping with the coat. Lively in action, carried
on a plane not higher than level of back and never so low as to indicate timidity.
Docked: Never too short to hide, nor too long to interfere with, the incessant merry action
when working.

KC Accredited breeders should hip score and eye test including gonioscopy  2007 DNA
test PRA

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SPANIELS - COCKERS  Litters available
Breeders lists also available contact A.D.A.

grey puppy SPANIELS COCKER New Hampshire USA undocked contact David and Elizabeth Nicol
springer springer 

springer spanieelspringer

English Springers in Australian bush                         Springer with thanks to the Whiteheads
            
     SPANIEL  - ENCLISH SPRINGER

SPANIEL - ENGLISH SPRINGER (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=11148; 94=11904; 95=12768; 96=14099; 97=13869; 98=12741; 99=12409; 2000=12599; 01=11892= 02=12431; 03=13884; 04=14765
;
05=15,180; 06=15,133; 07=14702
HD Average 14 Parents and pups should be eye tested   Check for temperaments
2008 Kennel Club Accredited breeders must now eye test. Hip scoring with a DNA test for fucosidosis are now recommended
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**Addisons disease; allergies; anasarca; apocrine tunour; basal cell tumour; behavioural
abnormalities; cataract; cataract with microphthalmia; cleft lip; cleft palate; coloboma;
corneal dystrophy; cranioschisis; cutaneous asthenia; distichiasis; ectropion;
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; elbow dysplasia; entropion; epidermoid cyst; epilepsy;
Factor VIII deficiency/haemophilia A; Fact X deficiency; Factor XI deficiency;
glaucoma; haemolytic anaemia; haemophilia A; haemophilia B; hp dysplasia;
hydrocephalus; hypoadrenocorticism; hypomyelinogenesis; hypothyroidism;
inguinal hernia; intervertebral disc disease; lipfold dermatitis; lysomal storage disease;
melanoma; narcolepsy; optic nerve hypoplasia; osteochondritis dissecans; osteo chondrosis; otitis externa; overshot jaw; patellar luxation; patent ductus arteriosis; perianal gland tumour; persistent pupillary membrane; phosphofructokinase deficiency; primary peripheral retinal deficiency; progressive retinal atrophy; rage syndrome; renal
cortical hypoplasia; retinal dysplasia; sebaceous gland tumour; seborrhoea;
skin neoplasms; tail abnormalities; umbilical hernia; undershot jaw; ununited
anconeal process; Von Willebrand's disease.

Canine Epilepsy Support Group – Mrs. Anne Morley, Helpline 08707 469 329

A gene for a form of inherited canine epilepsy has been discovered.  Research is
progressing on a test for breeders to use to detect the gene
in their stock
.
  http://www.canineepilepsy.co.uk/Research/gene.htm

2008 New DNA Testing Scheme for GPRA cord 1 . The test is offered by the Animal Health Trust . for details email info@aht.org.uk


PHOTOS puppybarks
Spaniel English Springer - No litters currently available.  Breeders' lists obtainable by registering with A.D.A.
puppybarks Spaniel English Springer - U.S.A. non-docking breeder
contact A.D.A.
puppybarks Spaniel Field - no litters at present. 
SpanSussex  SpanSussex

SPANIEL  -  SUSSEX

SPANIEL SUSSEX (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=138; 94=69; 95=107; 96=100; 97=82; 98=58; 99=89; 2000=98;
01=70; 02=82; 03=68; 04=79; 05=77; 06=74; 07=61
HD average 38 Some eye problems.    Check
for temperaments

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for Animal Rights - California

**Cardiomyopathy; cataract; distichiasis; entropion; retinal dysplasia;

KC Accredited breeders should hip score 2007
 
welshspringer  welshspringer

with grateful thanks to TullySPANIEL - WELSH SPRINGER
SPANIEL - WELSH SPRINGER (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 95=611; 96=609; 97=465; 98=409; 99=522; 00=424; 01=360; 02=437;
03=362; 04=420;
05=442; 06=352; 07= 376
HD = 14 Primary Epilepsy (disease, tumours, nutritional imbalances, certain poisons,
teething in youngsters); Idiopathic epilepsy   (both inherited – usually more common in
males than females.  Hereditary cataracts,  angle closure glaucoma, faulty bites , missing
teeth, unilateral or bilateral cryptorchidism; atopic dermatitis which can involve immune
system.
    Check for temperaments

Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says: WSS do not have many reported defects as the ESS but possibly because it has lesser numbers. EPILEPSY: most serious is primary epilepsy which can be caused by a variety of things (disease, tumours, nutritional imbalances, certain poisons, even teething in pups) but primary or idiopathic epilepsy is an inherited trait also found in other breeds such as GSDs, Belgian Shepherd, Labs, Retrievers etc.Usually more common in males and usually between 12 months and three and a half years although can occur outside that range. Possibly a major gene is implicated. If fitting is caused by some externall influence (poison) then if removed or treated, the fitting should disappear. In idiopathic or primary epilepsy the animal cannot be cured though drugs can help reduce severity. EYES: Hereditary cataracts are reported in the breed from early life and inherited as simple recessive trait.Testing can identify those affected but does not identify carriers though they can be traced through pedigrees. Angle closure glaucoma - thought to be a dominant trait but can be very late onset. Pressure build-up in eye can lead to blindness and if a dog is a carrier it will eventually show it although not obvious in youth. OTHER PROBLEMS "Show defects" such as faulty bites, missing teeth, unilateral or bilateral cryptorchidism (retained testicles) Atopic dermatitis where there is an adverse reaction to various allergens such as insects or pollen which can involve the immune system. SKELETAL: This is a bred tht should be routinely hip scored. The fact that a dog appears sound may not indicate freedom from Hip dysplasia.

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** cataract; glaucoma; hip dysplasia; persistent pupillary membrane; progressive retinal atrophy.
Canine Epilepsy Support Group – Mrs. Anne Morley, Helpline 08707 469 329

KC Accredited breeders should hip score and eye test including gonioscopy


A gene for a form of inherited canine epilepsy has been discovered.  Research is progressing on a test for breeders to use to detect the gene in their stock.  http://www.canineepilepsy.co.uk/Research/gene.htm
SPANISH WATER DOG
Has anyone got an undocked photo?
SPANISH WATER DOG (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC regs: 2005=97; 2006= 86
; 07=135
  Check for temperaments

KC Accredited breeders should
hip score  2007 eye testing goniosdysgenesis/primary glaucoma (G) 
2008 Accredited KC breeders must now hip score and eye test (gonioscopy only) http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/download/1100/abshealthreqs.pdf
puppybarks Spanish Water Dog - No litters available at present
vizsla   vizsla
HUNGARIAN  VIZSLA (not docked in Hungary)
with thanks to the George family 2006

VIZSLA HUBGARIAN
VIZSLA - HUNGARIAN (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=323; 94=385; 95=340; 96=458; 97=504; 98=528; 99=567; 2000=578;
01=502; 02=731; 03=773;
04= 867; 05=943; 06=1030; 07=1133
HD average 13        Eye problem under investigation.  Torsion?    Check for temperaments

Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says:- Hip scores range from 0-68 in Vizslas with 1000+ hipscored average is 12.35. Genetic ocular problems. PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) although not confirmed is likely to be autosomal recessive usually occurring by 3 days of age. Cataracts and inheritance suspected but unproven. Glaucoma can be secondary to some other problem but primary glaucomea can been seen and probably inberited. Entropion (inturned eyelids) probably inherited as polygenic trait - in the Vizsla usually lower lids. Immune mediated thrombocytopaenia - blood contains platelets or thrombocytes concerned with blood clotting and with this condition the numbers are reduced. Thought to be common in the Vizsla (familial possibly and probably inherited and more common in females than males). Sebaceous Adenitis - inflammation of sebaceous skin glands which can result in loss of hair.
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for Animal Rights - California

**Cataract; craniomandibular osteopathy; demodicosis; entropion; epilepsy; facial nerve paralysis; Factor XIII deficiency/Haemophilia A; granulomatous sebaceous adenitis; haemangiosarcoma; haemophilia A; hip dysplasia; hypo pigmentation, lips and nose; hypothyroidism; lymphosarcoma; osteochondritis dissecans; osteochondrosis; progressive retinal atrophy; sebaceous adenitis; spinal dysraphism; sterile pyogranuloma syndrome; syringomyelia;
umbilical hernia; undershot jaw; vasculitis
Canine Epilepsy Support Group – Mrs. Anne Morley, Helpline 08707 469 329  
KC Accredited breeders should hip score

A gene for a form of inherited canine epilepsy has been discovered.  Research is progressing on a test for breeders to use to detect the gene in their stock.  http://www.canineepilepsy.co.uk/Research/gene.htm

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Vizsla Hungarian -
Breeders's lists available by registering with
A
.D.A.
WANTED USA May 2008 undocked Vizsla -   breeders please contact A.D.A.

HUNGARIAN VIZSLA (WIRE-HAIRED)
                  
Has anyone got a nice photo?
VIZSLA -HUNGARIAN WIRE-HAIRED (GUN DOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=2; 94=21; 95=16; 96=35; 97=41; 98=33; 99=84; 2000=87; 01=123;
02=72; 03=157; 04=183; 05=160;
06=253; 07=252
Eye problem under investigation. Breeders recommend hip testing.  Torsion?    Check for temperaments

Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says:- Hip scores range from 0-68 in Vizslas with 1000+ hipscored average is 12.35. Genetic ocular problems. PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) although not confirmed is likely to be autosomal recessive usually occurring by 3 days of age. Cataracts and inheritance suspected but unproven. Glaucoma can be secondary to some other problem but primary glaucomea can been seen and probably inberited. Entropion (inturned eyelids) probably inherited as polygenic trait - in the Vizsla usually lower lids. Immune mediated thrombocytopaenia - blood contains platelets or thrombocytes concerned with blood clotting and with this condition the numbers are reduced. Thought to be common in the Vizsla (familial possibly and probably inherited and more common in females than males). Sebaceous Adenitis - inflammation of sebaceous skin glands which can result in loss of hair.

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Vizsla Hungarian Wire-haired No litters available at present.  Breeders' lists available by registering with A.D.A.
weimaraner  weimaraner
weimaraner  weimaraner

weimaraner WEIMARANER
WEIMARANER (GUNDOG GROUP)
KC registrations: 1993=1609; 94=2046; 95=2293; 96=2478; 97=2494; 98=2743; 99=2402;
2000=2694; 01=2505; 02=2472; 03=2978; 04=2841; 05=2848; 06=2744; 07=2724

HD average 13    Check for temperaments
Malcolm Willis (Geneticist) says the following have been reported in the breed but should not be
misconstrued and one should not believe a breed is riddled with problems:- EYES: eyelid/eyelash
disorders including entropion, ectropion and distichiasis believed inherited but mode of inheritance
not established. Cataracts of unknown inheritance with progressive retinal atrophy but probale
recessive trait  but not yet established in the DNA.  Corneal dystrophy but genetics unclear as
it is for dermoid cysts on cornea but these may be autosomal recessive.  SKELETAL: hip
dysplasia but getting better; craniomandibular osteopathy – recessive trait. Two kinds of dwarfism – pituitary which is recessive (cyst develops on brain) and an immunodeficiency problem about 4 weeks of  age but mode of inheritance vague.  Patellar luxation; ununited anconeal process in elbow; spina bifida; Wobbler syndrome/cervical spondylosis cause polygenic; hypertrophic osteodystrophy symptoms include fever, lethargy, lameness, depression, loss of appetite – xrays show sections of dead bone in affected joints might be caused by mineral imbalance in diet like excessive calcium but an inherited caused cannot be ruled out. HEART: Persistent right aortic arch can cause vomiting early on possibly polygenic; haemophilia A recessive sex-linked trait Factor VIII clotting is affected. Factor XI deficiency which leads to intense bleeding after trauma. REPRODUCTIVE: Cryptorchidism (should not be bred from); Pseudo and true hermaphrodites rare in most breeds but more common in Weimaraners and Cocker Spaniels. OTHER CONDITIONS: Torsion; Histiocytosis (skin cancer); Mastosarcoma; Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a dominant trait inheritance unclear; Epilepsy (Canine Epilepsy Support Group – Mrs. Anne Morley, Helpline 08707 469 329); Myopathy –abnormal gait and may bunny hop - thought to be x-linked recessive rare in females; Syringomyella thought to be inherited as a dominant but is rare; Hypothyroidism; Umbilical hernias; Primary glomerulopathy (primary renal failure an uraemia symptoms lethargy, halitosis, weight loss, reduced appetite eventally renal failure, usually seen before 2 yrs of age, mode of inheritance unclear.

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**Bloat; cell-mediated immuno deficiency; colour mutant alopaecia; corneal dystrophy; distichiasis; entropion; eosinophilic panosteitis; eversion of nictitating membrane; Factor VIII deficiency/ Haemophilia A;  gastric torsion; granulomatous sebaceous adenitis; hairlessness; Haemophilia A; hip dysplasia; hypertrophic osteo dystrophy; hypomyelinogenesis; hyposomatotropism; hypothyroidism; immunoglobulin A deficiency; immunoglobulin G deficiency; immunoglobulin M deficiency; mastocytoma; myasthenia gravis; progressive retinal atrophy; sebaceous adenitis; spinal dysraphism; sterile pyogranuloma syndrome; syringomyelia; thymic atrophy; umbilical hernia; undershot jaw; vasculitis.    
The Working Weimaraner
- Our Dogs 5/8/05 anon
Weimaraners come with a health warning!  This is one of the most difficult gun dog
breeds you can get, and most people fail with them as a result.  They're not well
understood and they have certain characteristics which make them particularly
unsuited to the British desire to reduce everything down to a series of little tests.
Now we have your attention, let's explain. The Weimaraner comes pre-programmed
with a directive to put food on the table and get rid of vermin. It is utterly determined
and 100% fixated on game. It has an exceptional nose.  It is also massively intelligent
(or should be, we have tended to try to breed this out in this country), gets bored very
easily and will pay absolutely no heed to you whatsoever until you have proved
yourself worthy of its work.  It does not respond well to the way we produce
gundogs in the UK, basically a set of "do this" instructions, because it needs to
put those instructions in the context of its work.  It is certainly an affectionate breed,
but it uses your need for its affection to get its own way.
That's the downside. The upside is this - get it right and the Weimaraner will leave
most gundog breeds standing when it comes to game finding, game treatment, and
production, resilience, speed, energy, and hunting.  It will hunt across a moor all
day without flagging, adopting a pace similar to the Desert Arab's triple, and it has
an uncanny ability to find game, partly because it is brainy and learns exponentially,
partly because it adapts its methods and pace to suit scenting conditions and partly
because it has to find.  Like all HPRs its retrieving instincts take a back seat to its
hunting but once this skill has been developed, it makes a class pick-up dog with a
good soft mouth and a strong desire to put game in the bag.  It's fine in the beating
line, although it can be competitive and because the line is usually working with
the wind behind, the dog will want to go forward to bring the ground back, not
always what the keeper needs.  It's splendid to shoot over and if, for example,
you're after wild pheasant on a grouse moor, once it knows you don't want to take
grouse, it will only produce pheasant.  It's excellent at deer work (do teach it to be
steady to deer because deer are in its in-built list of quarry species) and hawking. 
The one things that it is not that good at is wild fowling and this is only because it
is too thin coated for the conditions.
So, if it's that good, why hasn't every shoot got one? And why does the breed only
have 2 field trial Champions (2005)
Go back to the health warning.  This breed takes at least 2-3 years to produce and
the path from a 6 week old puppy to field trial standard adult is at its best, rocky. 
Then there's the fact that we don't have the knowledge base in the UK to help people
bring their dogs on properly.  Plus like all HPRs the Weimaraner needs to run
ground and be worked on game to develop and this puts particular demands on
people's time, facilities, dedication, and knowledge. Plus the Weimaraner is not
that well known as a working gundog in the UK, ironic when you consider it was
first brought into this country for just that purpose.  And frankly, it's distinctive and
showy and until gamekeepers have seen its exceptional work they tend not to trust
something that looks so different from everything else.
I have worked a team of Weimaraners and Labs  for several decades and although
the Weims are extremely demanding, I can't recommend them highly enough.  But if you want to work one, throw away your social calendar you won't have time for that!

A gene for a form of inherited canine epilepsy has been discovered.  Research is
progressing on a test for breeders to use to detect the gene in their stock. 
http://www.canineepilepsy.co.uk/Research/gene.htm
KC Accredited breeders should hip score
Weimaraner Forum  
http:// www.weimaraner.tv
puppybarks Weimaraner litters available now.  Breeders' lists also available by
registering with
A.D.A.
puppybarks WEIMARANER   BARBADOS due June 2007 Mrs Neysa Huey Barbados KC registered
long-hairedweimaranerAAD longhairedweimaraner
LONG-HAIRED WEIMARANER
(hardly ever docked now but on the KC list of docked breeds as formerly
just the tip was docked)

WEIMARANER - LONG_HAIRED (GUNDOG GROUP)
distichiasis -
  other health problems associated with the short-haired Weimaraner

 
  Check for temperaments
Janet Drewery - Our Dogs 8/05 :-'I am not sure what the attraction is, whether it's their
natural aptitude for work, their effortless gait, the way the sun catches their coats or
just their downish looks, it just gives them that edge for me.  I have owned 7
long-haired Weimaraners over 4 generations all of which have been natural hunters and
swimmers, facing all types of cover and terrain in the worst type of weathers, struggling
only in extreme heat.  Over the years of viewing mixed haired litters, I have never
observed one where the different coats were
apparent before 3 days as long-haired
pups are stripy too.  The first obvious difference being the way the coat lies, often
easier under infra red light.  Regarding their development it is often the long-haired
pups which are first to gain their independence and successfully escape the
whelping box    Initially they seem to grow at a more rapid rate than their
short-haired litter siblings (ADA - possibly as
the long-haired are not currently being
docked!)yet are a lot slower maturing both mentally and physically not getting their
full coat until 2-3 years old.  Grooming of the coat is minimal as it has a silky texture
most grass seed and thorn will fall out as the coat dries.  The only trimming required
is between their toes and around their paws. 
They moult twice a year often leaving a dark eel stripe down their backs, the bitch loses
most of her coat after havinga litter of  pups.  The long-hairs natural working ability is their
forte.  Observing the head carriage of l
ong haired I find they have a more hound like attitude
not normally carrying it as high and therefore not appearing quite so"flashy" whilst working.
  As for breeding long to short, the only certainty is long to long produces long.  I have
never known of that combination producing either a mixed or short haired litter.

Weimaraner Forum
  http:// www.weimaraner.tv

PHOTOS puppybarks
Weimaraner Long-haired -no litters available at present.  Breeders'
lists available by registering with
A.D.A.
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