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Seminars and Events

As part of its remit, the JBLC organises seminars and other activities relating to breed health on behalf of all the Bearded Collie clubs. All news and information about seminars and events is posted on this page.

Seminars and Events 2017

Canine Reproduction Seminar - Saturday 14th October 2017, starting at 10 am

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Part of the Breed Strategy developed by the JBLC after feedback from Bearded Collie owners and breeders

Speaker: Angelika von Heimendahl BVMS (Berlin) Dip ECAR MRCVS - Small Animal Reproduction Specialist
Venue: Yelvertoft Village Hall, Lilibourne Rd, Yelvertoft, Northants NN6 6LJ.

Yelvertoft is conveniently placed, being very near to J19 of the M1 and linking with the M6 and the A14.

Details of the event are given below, or you can download the details here: Event Flyer  PDF icon  (PDF 92 Kb).

About the Event

The Seminar should appeal to anyone interested in all aspects of Dog Breeding including the best time to mate your bitch, birth, the neonatal period and sperm banking.

About the Speaker

Angelika runs a specialist Veterinary Reproduction Service in Cambridge and has co-authored the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Reproduction and Neonatology. She is a very interesting and informative speaker and is a 'must hear' for all those interested in the latest information on all aspects of Dog Breeding.

Booking Arrangements

Tickets (including light refreshments): £15 for any member of one of the six Bearded Collie Clubs, £20 non members.

To book your place, please contact:

Yvonne Fox - Peters Bank Cottage, Harperley, Stanley, Co. Durham DH9 9TY
Tel: 01207-290036
Email: y.fox@bushbladesbeardies.co.uk

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis SO BOOK EARLY.

Shaping the Future: a Positive Direction for the Bearded Collie

The JBLC would like to extend a big thank you to all those that attended the workshop on 13th May.

53 people attended the event at the Canine Academy, Tollerton, where the proposed Breed Strategy was presented by Dr Elizabeth Ayrton the Breed Health Co-ordinator and workshops were held to discuss and debate the proposals by the attendees.

Also present were Dr Tom Lewis - KC Geneticist who talked about population size, COIs and Mate Select and Dr Katy Evans from the KC Breed Health and Conservation Project. They were both on hand to answer questions from the audience.

On the whole it was a really positive and constructive day and the feedback we have received to date was that the presentations were at the right level and that they were really well received.

The JBLC will be meeting again on the 29th July to consider the feedback received on the day and any further feedback received from a questionnaire we are circulating to enable those that didn't attend to have their say. Following this meeting we aim to publish a Breed Strategy document - which recognises the actions that need to be taken. We acknowledge that this strategy will be 'work in progress' which will require updating and modifying as we take on board further issues, scientific progress and changes in our breed's situation.

We recognise that we are just on the starting line of a longer process, however we were delighted to hear from Dr Evans that the work we are doing is far ahead of other breeds, and that the first area of our Breed Health and Sustainability section of the strategy fits almost entirely with the work she is doing under the KC Breed Health and Conservation Plan.

We will of course keep everyone updated as the work progresses and thank you all again once for your input. We hope that there will be a positive response from both Clubs and individuals to help put the plans into action, and to help secure the future of the Bearded Collie.

For those of you that weren't able to attend, a postal questionnaire is available for you to give us your views:

      Postal questionnaire in PDF format   PDF icon  (PDF1000 Kb)

      Postal questionnaire as a Word document   Word icon  (Word 83 Kb)

You can download a copy of the proposed Breed Strategy here  PDF icon  (PDF 271 Kb). If you haven't seen the report on the outcomes of the Breeders Workshop and want to know what issues the participants raised, use the workshop report links just below this item.

Previous Events

Breeders Regional Workshops 2016 - 2017

Update: You can read a report on the outcomes of the Breeders Workshops - choose either the shorter version of the report (PDF) circulated to all participants (6 pages), or the longer version produced for the JBLC (13 pages; includes participant feedback and an expanded version of the content).

A big thank you to all those who attended the first Bearded Collie Joint Breed Liaison Committees Breeders Workshop, hosted by the Bearded Collie Club and held in the Midands on 27th August. It was a positive and productive day and we received valuable feedback and suggestions to take forward to try and develop a strategy for the future of Bearded Collies.

The workshops are open to all breeders and stud dog owners, present or past, occasional or regular, as well as all those who care about the breed and wish to have an influence in its future. We do hope as many of you as possible will come along and give us your input - all the workshops are free of charge.

Further Regional Workshops have been arranged to cover the remainder of the country:

East of England: Sunday 25th September at Alconbury Memorial Hall in Cambridgeshire PE28 4EQ.
Hosted by the Eastern Bearded Collie Association. Contact Tony Burscough for more information: either email or tel: 01352-711964.

Scotland: Sunday 13th November at Belstane Bowling Club, 131 Alexander Street, Wishaw ML2 0HA.
Hosted by the Bearded Collie Club of Scotland, starting at 10am and finishing at approx 4pm. Light refreshments will be available during the day. Contact Liz Gault for more information: either email or tel: 01505-842462.

South of England: Sunday 20th November at New Haw Community Centre, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3ND.
Hosted by Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club. Contact Sarah Ritchie for more information: either email or tel: 01932-568391.

North of England: Saturday 11th February 2017 at Finningley Village Hall, Rectory Lane, Finningley, Doncaster DN9 3DA.
Hosted by the North of England Bearded Collie Club, starting at 10am and finishing at approx 4pm. Please contact either Lesley Tomlinson (email or tel: 01332-880793) or Sylvia Newton (email or tel: 01609 882574) if you would like to attend.

Previous Events

Health Education Seminar - Sunday 6 September 2015


  • Adam Hollis (Civil Litigation Solicitor, Elliot Mather LLP) presented an introductory seminar on the validity of breeding contracts and their terms, and the potential legal consequences of breeding from dogs with known genetic diseases and hereditary problems.
  • Dr. Lorna Kennedy (Senior Scientist, Centre of Integrated Genomic Medical Research, University of Manchester) presented her group's latest research findings on identifying the genetic markers for complex immune mediated diseases in dogs and explained how the information could be used in the future. She also covered the work being done towards research into Addisons.
  • Jo Tucker (CIMDA) made a presentation on both Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO) and Addisons.

Last updated: 18 August 2017