The BHCA Health Committee will offer a number of activities in conjunction with the National Specialty. These will include a presentation on genetics and how we can use testing to protect our breeding programs, and swab testing for MSP1 (confirmed) and potentially other genetically linked disorders: Primary Open Angle Glaucoma and Thrombopathia.

Dates and Locations:

Saturday, Oct 2nd and Sunday, Oct 3rd: Genetic testing at the Field Trials grounds - see Barb Fuller or Patti Palmer.

Wednesday, October 6, after dog judging, the health committee will offer a FUN and INFORMATIVE presentation: Noodling thru Genetics - see the flyer below. And immediately following the presentation, the Health Committee will offer genetic testing at the Fairgrounds.

    • An information flyer about the swab testing clinics is here.
    • Testing for a mutation that is possibly linked to Intervertebral Disk Disease is being offered this year and subsidized by a grant from the BHCA Foundation. The Health Committee has issued a new Health Bulletin about this test, which you can read here.
    • A registration form for swab tests is here. Please help the clinics run SMOOTHLY by completing the form and bringing it with you!

In addition, for those testing 3 or more dogs, Health Committee members will offer "concierge" testing in their rooms or at their set-ups, by appointment only. If you are staying at a hotel, call Rosemary Ryan at 206-697-0891. If you are staying at the Fairgrounds, call Patti Palmer at 916-425-4374.

Questions about these events? Contact the Health Committee Chair, Rosemary Ryan.