Earlier this year, several Irish Setter breeders were
contacted by individuals seeking stud service or desiring to
purchase a puppy with the intent of creating Irishdoodles (Irish
Setter x Poodle crossbred). The thought is appalling.
There are many arguments in favor of the “Doodle”
crosses from their unsuspecting and misinformed owners. Most of
these owners have been conned into the idea of a “new breed” with no
health problems, no shedding, and wonderful temperaments. Instead,
they usually wind up with an unhealthy, shedding and sometimes nasty
animal. But it is often difficult to educate someone intent on a
Doodle. Remember ISCA’s Principles of Integrity specifically
requires every member to make every effort to learn about the
structure, anatomy, action, behavior and other inheritable traits of
the Irish Setter and to use this information to adhere to the breed
standard and produce sound, healthy dogs with good temperament. No
room for Doodles here.
Dr. Fran Smith has
an excellent article on the Labrador Club’s website on Labradoodles
and has graciously allowed for its
reprint here. This article offers the perfect answer for anyone
considering purchasing or breeding a Doodle or any cross.
for Conformation Dog Show Judges
"Following a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by
Mr. Goodman, it was VOTED (unanimously) to amend the
Rules, Policies and Guidelines
for Conformation Dog Show
Judges as follows (the words in bold are to be added):"
"If you use the services of an agent, instruct
the agent that he/she, and any member of the agent's household,
or any handling associate of the agent may not exhibit dogs
under you or any member of your household while in your employ
and for at least four months after working for you.
In addition, you or a member
of your household must not knowingly use the services of an
agent, any member of the agent's household, or any handling
associate of the agent to handle your dog(s) for at least four
months after that agent has exhibited under you. This
policy applies to all levels of competition."
All questions should be directed to AKC.
Regulations Governing The Use of Tracking Devices
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Health Committee News:
New HOD Project
The Irish Setter Club of
America Health Committee is pleased to report a new
initiative in the search for a research study into the
causes of Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) in our breed.
More information on the
current research page.
Make sure when getting
dogs blood tested by Optigen for PRA that you also
register for CERF registration by paying the extra fee.
If you do not do that, none of dogs tested by Optigen or
their offspring will be eligible to be registered with
ISGR. CERF does not give numbers to offspring..(.only
ISGR) so it is important if your aim is to get numbers
for the parents in ISGR and any offspring that you also
register for the CERF registration fee on the Optigen
Beginning March 11, 2008, all
submissions to ISGR registration will now be taken by OFA.
OFA will now be doing all the administration work of ISGR
and will continue to register Irish Setters from blood
tested dogs that were tested by Optigen and their offspring.
That information will be put on the website handled by OFA.
If any forms in the meantime have been sent to Chris Miller,
Secretary of ISGR, or Sandy Novocin , blood tested
coordinator, those forms with the proper fees will be
forwarded to OFA. Refunds will be sent to the owners since
the new fee for registering any dog whether blood tested or
from genetically clear stock will now be $7.50.
The application will remain the same although all forms now
should be sent to the following address:
2300 E. Nifong Blvd.
Columbia, Missouri 65201
The U of Missouri is working in conjunction with a lab in Finland
which has just been awarded more than $1 million to study
through SNP mapping.
They are accepting new blood samples. Those who would like to
participate can do so by logging on to the U of Missouri epilepsy
. There is a link there to access an online seizure survey and a sample
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Thinking about becoming a judge?
Or applying for Irish Setters as an additional breed? Contact the ISCA
Judge's Education Chair -
Sam Houston McDonald,
2301 Eagle Farms Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425
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