BeaCon is please to announce that Sarah Ritchie of the UK joined BeaCon’s Board of Directors in November 2015. She has 10 years of experience with Bearded Collies, enthusiasm in working for health of Beardies, experience judging Open shows in the UK since 2009, and involvement with the emerging field of Neuroleadership. (Nov 15)
The genetic diversity of Bearded Collies in the USA is unknown. BeaCon has begun a study similar to that described in the UK article above. The source of dogs for coefficient of inbreeding (COI) calculations will be the AKC Stud Books from 1977 through 2015, thus allowing evaluation of the entire breeding population from the foundation on. Ten generation COI's will be calculated and unknown sires and dams will be excluded from the calculation. Unknowns are defined as the ancestors of the foundation Bearded Collies in the UK. Any dogs with missing ancestors beyond the unknowns will not be included. Time frame for completion of this study is estimated to be late spring 2016. (Nov 15)
Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO) is autoimmune in nature, with symptoms that include pain, loss of nails, bleeding, split nails, and abnormal nail regrowth. See photos below. Read about current research details and how you can participate here
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