Welcome to The British Chihuahua Club
2014 Annual General Meeting
2013 Championship Show
Syringomyelia Research Fund The Committee of the Club are concerned that, as can be seen by the very small numbers of Chihuahuas being MRI scanned under the BVA/KC CM/SM scheme, in general, breeders appear to be ignoring the potential problem that may lie ahead of our breed and are continuing to breed from un-scanned dogs. This is probably dueto the fact that, at present, a very high percentage of the dogs scanned positive are Asymptomatic, i.e. show no evidence of pain or discomfort. However, if we continue to breed from dogs with SM, will the situation deteriorate over the generations, will they still be Asymptomatic, or will more and more show evidence of suffering from this very painful and distressing disease?
We keep hearing lots of excuses from breeders that the researchers are not coming up with answers to the problem, that one expert says one thing and another something different. What is happening is that breeders are not hearing the magic and very inexpensive answers they want to hear. What we must understand is that research into such complicated diseases can be a very long-drawn-out affair and can have very many disappointing results before answers are found. Just think of the billions of pounds and the long period of time that has been spent on research into many human diseases, but also the many successes in recent years following years of hard work by researchers.
The majority of the BCC Committee believe that we should not just carry on regardless and hope that all will be okay. We have a responsibility to protect our precious breed. We have therefore decided to start a Research Fund and to liaise more with the various institutions who are working on the SM problem. The club started the fund off by putting one thousand pounds in and a committee member has received a donation of £75 from a pet owner who took on one of their adult dogs. We have also had a £50 donation from a car boot sale run by a member. If you are going to our Championship Show (see above), a line on the Entry Form has been provided for donations towards this fund, we hope you will give generously.
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