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Boerboel eNews - December 2018

Message from the Chairman

It has been a roller-coaster ride since taking office, but we are really excited about the prospects and the future. 2019 is just around the corner and it is really looking up for the new year.

A bumper year is planned, crammed with workshops, appraisals and shows, and on this note I would like to welcome the new board members and regional representatives to the immense task of making sure all these events run like clockwork. Only the joint efforts of the teams and the members of SABBS will help us to gain success in these endeavours.

We cannot achieve the goals of SABBS without member participation. I invite everyone who wish to participate in any of the processes or activities of SABBS to kindly get in contact with the relevant committee member as indicated on the organogram. In this regard the Genetic, Linear and BLUP committee is especially looking for SABBS members with skills in these areas.

We are excited to embark on a process of establishing a joint work group with our members to ensure we understand the unique challenges of our breed, and gain the knowledge of how to advise and lead our members in the right direction to ensure the preservation and the health of our magnificent breed. A short CV indicating your area of expertise will be helpful in putting your unique skills to good use in making SABBS better and more effective.

The first appraisals on the amended appraisal charts have been done, and the preliminary results are looking very positive, with a general trend of appraisal percentages that appear to be higher than before. Time will tell, but this is very encouraging for now. SABBS has no plans to move away from this tested method of appraising. The drive is however to streamline the current systems and work toward obtaining accurate breeding values for our dogs. This will in time enable us to use the information to make better breeding decisions.

The SABBS Facebook pages remain a contentious issue as members do not abide by the set rules. The administrators of these pages can be found in the Organogram.

Some unofficial registries, offering alternative services to register dogs, have surfaced recently. Some also offered services to register Boerboels. They have been advised that only SABBS may register Boerboels in South Africa in terms of the Animal Improvement Act, Act 62 of 1998. Kindly advise your puppy buyers of the correct procedures to register Boerboels. Invite them also to participate in the events of SABBS. This will enable us to reach more and more of the public and educate them on this fantastic animal we have the privilege of breeding.

To all the members and Staff of SABBS and Studbook, we wish you a blessed holiday season, and safe returns in 2019. Join hands with us and let’s make 2019 the best we can! Johann Kruger

From the Editor

And yet again we all say: another year has come and gone. What a year it has been!

Looking back at 2018, I see a year full of activity: 38 shows; 50 appraisals (excluding North America) and 10 Workshops. Thank you to all the appraisers who so generously volunteer their time without any remuneration – and without their families.

We had a very successful AGM this year. Most of the motions were passed. The revised Constitution and Bylaws can be found on our website. Then, a very warm welcome to the newly elected Board members, as well as Johann Kruger (Chairman), and I quote his words, “With all the skills on board, it will be leveraged to benefit the Society and its members.”

Please continue in the way you have been supporting SABBS. Participate in our 2019 programme, which will be posted on our website during December.

We also want to welcome Nutribyte as our national sponsor. Thank you for your support. We know we will work well together and are looking forward to it.

Marisa, thank you for your hard work and diligence, and that you are always there to lend a hand – or an ear!

Having said all this, we want to wish you and your families a well-deserved Christmas holiday and a 2019 filled with health, peace, prosperity, patience, forgivingness and love. – Anemarí Pretorius

Membership Renewal and Per Capita Notices in December

The Office has distributed the annual per capita documents to all members by e-mail.

This is your opportunity to check the accuracy of the information of dogs recorded against your name. Please check the details and make appropriate corrections before submitting the completed list back to the Office.

Both per capita and membership dues are due by 31 January 2018.

Office closed for the Christmas Holidays

The SABBS Offices is closed for the holidays from 8 December 2018, and will reopen on 7 January 2019.

We wish Marisa, Lynn, and their families a well-deserved rest.

The new Board

We want to welcome the following persons who were elected to the Board:

Johann Kruger (Chairman)
Henry Moore (KwaZulu-Natal)
Conrad du Plessis (North West)
Willem Mienie (Gauteng)
Paul van Biljon (Free State)

As there were no nominations for some regions, the following persons showed their willingness to help with the organising of shows and appraisals in the interim. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Roelof du Plessis (Northern Cape)
Albert van der Linde and Koos Venter (Limpopo)
Lititia Hunt Kruger (Mpumalanga)

Organogram

Please note that Facebook is not our official medium of communication with our members. Yes, we do use it to make important announcements and advertise our shows, Workshops and appraisal events, but if you are experiencing a problem, or need any information, you are invited to contact the person/s directly involved or responsible for your region. There is no guarantee that the answers given by members on Facebook would be the correct answers. Here are the responsible people to contact.

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman automatically form part of each committee. The first name mentioned in each committee is the chairman of that committee. You can send enquiry directly to him/her.

  1. Executive Committee
    1. Johann Kruger:
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    2. Anemarí Pretorius:
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    3. Kenny van der Merwe:
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    4. Chandre Ludeke:
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    5. Paul van Biljon:
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  2. Finance & Administration
    1. Kenny van der Merwe:
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  3. Constitutional Matters, Updates and Policy
    1. Anemarí Pretorius:
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    2. Kenny van der Merwe:
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  4. Breed Standard and Appraisals
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    2. Kenny van der Merwe:
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  5. Genetic, Linear & BLUP
    1. Kenny van der Merwe:
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    2. Johann Kruger:
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    3. Willem Mienie:
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  6. Studbook Representatives
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    2. Kenny van der Merwe:
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  7. Communication & Media
    1. Anemarí Pretorius: (Media)
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    3. Willem Mienie
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    4. Henry Moore:
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    5. Joseph Phillips:
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    6. Johann Kruger
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    7. Jens Gunther
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  8. Overseas Matters
    1. Anemarí Pretorius:
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  9. Marketing
    1. Conrad du Plessis:
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    2. Paul van Biljon:
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    3. Henry Moore:
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  10. Ethics Committee
    1. Chandre Ludeke:
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    2. Kenny van der Merwe:
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    3. iii. Henry Moore:
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  11. International Show Committee
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    3. Kenny van der Merwe (finances)
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Wuma 2018 SABBS International Show, Bloemfontein

We would like to thank Wuma for having been our International Show sponsor and for their sponsorship in the past. It was great working with you.

Also, a big thank you: to every member who entered their dogs – without your interest there cannot be an International Show – a show that gets bigger and better each year; to our judges – judging a show is not an easy task; to the trusted group of helpers – from the assembly ring, the ringmaster and the administration table – you made the show run smoothly. In total there were 280 entries in the show. That is a record - thank you to one and all.

MES Arnold I, 2018 Dog of the YearMES Arnold I: 2018 Dog of the Year

The Dog of the Year is MES Arnold I, and the Grand Champion female is Elevation Kim. Congratulations to their breeders and owners: Karin Pieterse and Kenny van der Merwe.

Elevation Kim: 2018 Female Grand ChampionElevation Kim: 2018 Female Grand Champion

2018 Journal

The second Edition of the SABBS Journal has been published. It was introduced at the annual Gala Dinner on the night prior to the International Show. We are very excited about this special publication.

As with the First Edition, there is something for everyone – from established breeders to new members. We want to thank all the advertisers, sponsors, and contributors who made this issue possible.

If you want to be part of the next issue, please start planning for 2019. Good quality photos are necessary.

The Journal 2018 will be available at shows and appraisal events while stocks last. Members from abroad can contact the Office if you are interested in receiving a 2018 free copy. However, you will be charged for the shipment thereof. The Journal is also available to download from the SABBS website at Resources >> Publications.

Export of Boerboels and/or Semen

The Office is getting more and more queries about problems arising from Boerboels and/or semen that were exported.

Due to these problems, you are reminded of the requirements as stipulated in our Constitution, Bylaw D2 and Bylaw E. Please also note that:

  1. Dogs that are 8 months and older must be DNA tested.
  2. Dogs older than 18 months must have been appraised and DNA tested. You can contact the Office to obtain the necessary forms, or download the forms from the SABBS website at Service >> Export & Import.
  3. Semen donors have to be registered as such – contact the Office for application form (same as Export form) or download it from the SABBS website.
  4. Quality of semen: send the veterinarian’s report to the Office.
  5. Send proof that the hips and elbows have been tested to the office, irrespective of the outcome the test.

DNA Testing is very Relevant to Dog Breeders

(Translated from an article provided by: Drs Munro Marx and Joubert Oosthuizen of Unistel Medical Laboratories.)

DNA technology has been used with great success in several animal species over the past four decades as a very useful and important tool in animal breeding.

Dogs present great variation in phenotype - so much so that it is impossible to construct a meaningful phenotypic definition (description) of the species DOG. Just think of the numerous combinations of height, length, width and conformation. Then there are still combinations of hair types, length and colour of the pelt and different colour patterns. Different breeds show highly specialised behavioural patterns, largely determined by the close relationship with humans who specifically selected for a wide variety of behavioural characteristics. All this variation is captured in the animal's DNA.

Generally speaking, 3 important considerations play a role in animal breeding - all 3 are also important in dog breeds:

  1. Healthy, strong offspring without any adverse genetic conditions and diseases must be bred. Preferably, carriers of recessively inherited conditions should not be used for breeding purposes - if so, they should be done with the necessary expertise and caution.
  2. Offspring must comply with all requirements of the prescribed breed standards. Breeding must aim to improve characteristics within these standards in order to improve the genetics of the whole breed.
  3. Temperament is often not mentioned in breed standards. Because temperament is a hereditary trait, parents with the right temperament must be mated to each other. In most cases, a stable temperament with little aggression and good socialisation with humans and animals is required.

Confirmation of Parentage

The first access point for DNA tests is the confirmation of the parents. This is probably the most relevant use of DNA technology for breeders and owners, as the accuracy of their record keeping ensure the integrity of the pedigree and also that of the breeder. It is of paramount importance that parenting is ensured and not just fatherhood. Due to aggressive selection over years, the variation within breeds is mostly low. Without inclusion of the mother, which contributes 50% of the DNA, more than 1 sire is often valid.

A dog's DNA profile is currently composed of 22 different ISAG recommended DNA markers. This DNA profile is the genetic "fingerprint" of the dog and can be used for individual identification and also for parenting confirmation. The principle of a 50:50 contribution from each parent then becomes valid. In the table below, the mother's allele is yellow, the father's is green. The puppy received at each marker an allele from each parent - so the parenting is valid.

Table 1

  • DNS Merker = DNA marker
  • Kind = Puppy
  • Ouer = Parent

Genetic Diseases

DNA tests for various genetic diseases are already available. These include Haemophilia A, Exercise-induced Collapse (EIC), Degenerative Myopathy (DM) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).

Haemophilia A is a blood clotting disease. Dogs with this genetic disease have an increased tendency to bleeding. Haemophilia is a gender-linked genetic disease - only male animals are affected.

Exercise-induced Collapse (EIC) disease is a recessively inherited disease that occurs predominantly in hunting-dogs. The disease manifests itself as a neuro-muscular disease and muscle weakness. Mutant dogs temporarily lose control over the hind legs. Loss of control can extend to the front legs. Loss of control lasts about 10 minutes and full recovery takes about 30 minutes.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) occurs in more than 40 different dog breeds. In South Africa, PRA is quite common and of great importance. Dogs mostly show signs of loss of vision between 3 and 5 years. Complete blindness usually occurs in older dogs. PRA is a recessively inherited genetic disease and carriers show no signs of the disease. However, two carriers can breed affected offspring.

Several other DNA tests for genetic diseases have already been developed and available to ensure the genetic health of dogs and their pedigrees.

In Conclusion

Dog breeding has developed into a "stud industry" of a social animal. Therefore, it is important that breeders verify the breeding of the offspring by confirming the accuracy of the pedigree and to confirm the integrity of the individual breeder. In South Africa, the confirmation of parenting with DNA profiles is currently the most accurate available method. It also provides undeniable identification of individual dogs.

To breed a genetically healthy breed, genetic diseases must be bred out from the breed. To achieve this goal, dogs must be tested for known genetic conditions so that informed decisions about mating and breeding programmes can be taken.

Diagnostic genetic tests for various conditions are already available at Unistel.

May I Breed with an Unapraised Boerboel?

The Board would like to remind all Breeders regarding responsible breeding – and this is:

  • Do not breed with an unregistered Boerboel.
  • Ensure your Boerboel has been appraised before you do any planned breeding.
  • Ensure that you have complied to the DNA profile requirements.

Why? Lately there are a lot of incidents where new puppy owners request to enter their pups into shows, but they have no birth notifications – purely due to the fact that the breeder did not comply with one or more required standards before breeding took place.

This puts SABBS in a bad light and is not fair to the new puppy owner who is entitled to a Boerboel pup with a birth registration.

You have to understand that you are taking a very big risk when you choose to breed a female (or male) that has not yet been appraised – you run the risk of this dog not making the required percentage as to pass the appraisal – and you, as the breeder, will be held accountable for the puppies born from that mating not being able to be registered.

Please note that when choosing to breed and you have not complied with one of the above this puts you as a breeder at serious risk and NO rules will be bent. 

What to Tell your New Puppy Buyer?

The Office is swamped with complaints of buyers who have purchased dogs from breeders who did not inform them that the pup they purchased is on the Development Register.

We request you to please disclose all details pertaining to the purchase of the dog being sold – including whether it is on the Studbook Proper or Development Register. If you have a Development dog/s in your breeding programme, you are to disclose this in your contract with the buyer.

Why? More and more complaints of disgruntled owners are being received once the dog has been appraised and the Office informs them that the dog could not be registered as it did not achieve the 80% required.

If on the Development Register, you are to disclose what the requirements are for dogs in the Development Register as set out in Bylaw B.

A printable copy of the December issue of the Boerboel eNews can be pdf downloaded here (863 KB) .