My task will therefore be to sample as widely across the breed as possible – at championship shows, open/limit shows, club matches and, as possible, also the non-show population. Because of the numbers of dogs and the range of places of collection, blood samples will not be an option. Rather, with this type of work requiring only limited amounts of DNA, samples will be limited to oral swabs. But I will need every kind of help for this as the aim is to get many hundreds of samples representing the whole breed, the show and pet population.
MI am seeking support from all Clubs to help with this – to collect samples from shows of all levels, matches, and of course home dogs. I hope to go to some shows down south over the coming weeks and hand out swabs and instructions. My Cambridge colleague and student will also attend to collect from some shows. There is a lot of enthusiasm.
As far as I am concerned, this is it! If this methodology does not locate the gene, we have a big problem. So, can your club help. If so, please let me know as soon as possible and I’ll provide details and swab kits as needed.