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The Swedish Tibetan Terrier Associations Breeding

Committee – report to the 8’th TT World Congress

Sturbridge, Massachusetts, September 2003.

Since the last TT WC a new TT breedingcommitté has taken form. It consists of Mrs Karin Colliander, Mr Sievert Hansson and Mrs Anne-Christine Slevin. Breeders representatives are Mrs Gunilla Albrigtsen and Mrs Berit Edlund. Breeding adviser is Mrs Gunilla Klang who also is a part of the Breeding committé.

In September 2001 the Swedish Kennel club´s delegates made a resolution that every breed in

Sweden should have a “Breed-specific breeding strategy” (the Swedish shortening is R.A.S.). All Swedish breed clubs are to set up a goal for their future breeding. The clubs are supposed to work together with the members of the club. They are to put together a document where as many as possible has contributed to set up the goal for each breed. The most important part of this work is that the health and well-being of the dogs always should be put first.

The Tibetan Terrier Association of Sweden had already done quite a lot before the resolution came. The breeders have for many years tried to get as many of their offspring as possible to get hip X-rayed and eye-examined. Up to now about 42 % of our TT´s has been eye-examined at least once in their lifetime, and 25 % are hip X-rayed. The breeding committee has been working with this project. A natural wish from all of us is of course to increase the number of TT’s who get eye-examined and hip X-rayed. In our magazine we have also given our breeders some questions about their thoughts of our breed, what is a typical Tibetan Terrier, what have changed in the way they look, their mentality and their health. That is the start of it. We will continue to try to engage our breeders and owners in this task.

Numbers of registered Tibetan Terrier in the Swedish Kennel Club since the last WC.

2001: 234 + 3 imports. 25 % (12 of 47) of the litters have at least one of the parents from abroad or is an import. The average of inbreeding degree was 4,8 % (in five generations).

2002: 192 + 4 imports. 27 % (12 of 44) of the litters have at least one of the parents from abroad or is an import. The average of inbreeding degree was 4,9 % (in five generations).

2003: Jan-July: 118 + 3 imports. 37 % (10 of 27) of the litters have at least one of the parents from abroad or is an import.

During 2002 Sweden had one case of PRA. It was 14 years since the last case. No case of LL has been reported since the latest WC 2001. In one of our neighbour-countries they have had one PRA and one LL case which has affected us, as both fathers came from Sweden.

At the last WC the question came up about changing the size in the British and FCI standard of the TT. The question has been discussed at meetings in Sweden but without ending up in a definite conclusion. The opinion of the Swedish Breeding committee is that the size should not be changed in the standard.