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Renal Nephropathy in Bull Terriers


I have been in contact with the Animal Health Trust for some time now with a view to setting up DNA tests for hereditary health problems in the bull terrier breed. I am leaving a legacy which will be used to set up three tests and have given some thought to which tests to request and one of these was the DNA test for renal nephropathy. However I am hearing through the grapevine that there has been a significant rise in the incidence of kidney problems in the breed. The current test is only relevant at the time the dog is tested and that same dog can go on to develop renal nephropathy despite testing clear. This is not a test I wish to wait until I pop my clogs to fund and have decided to appeal to bull terrier clubs, breeders, owners and those with a love of this super breed to pull together to raise the funding to set the project in motion. Now is the time to get a more positive test organised which can tell if the dog is affected, a carrier or clear and this can only be done reliably by DNA testing. I am informed that a project like this could take approximately two years to develop. As soon as funding becomes available I am told the Animal Health Trust are willing to do the required work needed to set up the DNA test for renal nephropathy in bull terriers. It will be wonderful to have this test available so that all breeding stock and litters of pups can be tested and so end the heartbreaking trauma of having a bull terrier you have grown to love as one of your family, die so young from this dreadful kidney problem.


The three tests I intend the legacy funding is deafness, heart problems and aggression/fear affected bull terriers. I need every owner of a bull terrier to help gather material for all the tests. The Animal Health Trust needs DNA samples from clinically diagnosed dogs with these conditions - deafness,- kidney problems,- heart problems and any bull terrier that has to be put to sleep for aggression. With the best will in the world the geneticists at the animal Health Trust cannot start work on setting up the DNA test without these samples which carry the markers for the clinically diagnosed disease. The Animal Health Trust already have a substantial amount of DNA material which was collected when Glasgow Vet School was doing research on bull terriers in the early nineties. The samples were taken at bull terrier shows and were from presumably healthy animals and will be used as clear samples compared to the samples from clinically diagnosed dogs carrying the markers for renal nephropathy, deafness, heart problems and aggression/fear affected bull terriers. All samples supplied will be treated in the strictest confidence. Sample kits can be obtained from me or by applying direct to Bryan McLaughlin at the Animal Health Trust.


Again I stress that all help with samples will be treated in the strictest confidence but you will know who you are and can take great pride in doing your bit to help the breed we love so dearly.


Terry Heath

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Animal Health Trust

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The Animal Health Trust is a charity specifically dedicated to improving the health and welfare of dogs, cats and horses by addressing the problems of disease and injury - the largest threats to animal welfare today. With the help of its supporters, it can achieve this by advancing veterinary science and providing specialist clinical services for all companion animals.

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Donation by Anonymous on 10/02/12


This donation is behalf of The Finnish Bull Terrier Club.

Donation by Miia Koskinen on 06/02/12


Donation by Doris & Alex & Mario Vilsmaier on 03/02/12


Donation by Georg Scherzer on 03/02/12


Thank you!

Donation by Tracey Butchart on 03/02/12


Wonderful cause :) wishing it every success for the future of our breed, Maria & Tony

Donation by Maria Broomfield on 03/02/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Hans Schmidt on 03/02/12


In aid of the many bullies taken from my family over the years x

Donation by Anonymous on 03/02/12

In memory of Young Spirit / Emma

Donation by Heidi Welker on 02/02/12


Donation by Elisabeth Feuz / Anirella's on 02/02/12


a little bit...

Donation by cesar garcia - crombull - on 02/02/12

SECBTC auctioned items from October show. Unforeseen circumstances prevents us from making the donation originally intended. Sincere apologies

Donation by Anonymous on 02/02/12


For a better future for the best dogs ever

Donation by Melanie Raabe Finis on 02/02/12


I wish good luck by the search.....hope we can bring more of Healty in this wonderfull breed of the MBT and BT.

Donation by Martina Schmidt on 01/02/12


in memorian to our lovely boy "ZICO" R.I.P. We hope that they can soon begin with the research, and will be successful.

Donation by Nicole Bachmann/BT vom Teltschikturm on 01/02/12


to have a healthy bull terrier is priceless, so this is just a small investment into a huge value this research can bring into the breed

Donation by Nora Tatarova on 31/01/12


For a fabulous breed xxx

Donation by Chaube Aurélie Unfailling Bull terrier on 31/01/12

-One love. XXX Redbull Royale's.

Donation by Katherine Mouridsen on 31/01/12

a little bit

Donation by R. H. on 31/01/12


A little bit from me

Donation by Julia Ovchinnikova on 31/01/12


A little present from the Charming Troublemaker Miniature Bull Terriers.

Donation by Heike Borschel on 31/01/12


This has been donated from The coloured Bullterrier Club. Keep your donations coming in to this fabulous cause for or lovely breed !!!!!!

Donation by Anna Blair on 31/01/12


+ £250.00 Gift Aid

A little bit from everyone at WINTER S DELIGHT Miniature Bull Terriers

Donation by Jutta Winter Winter s Delight on 30/01/12


Giving for the best of our dogs. Kennel LES JARDINS DE MARGAUX (France)

Donation by LE PAIH Nathalie on 30/01/12


a little present from France for our fabulous breed. Les Gardiens De Gaia,; Julie Wydrzynski

Donation by julie wydrzynski on 30/01/12


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