Bull Terrier DNA Samples Required!

As you are involved in the Bull Terrier world as an owner, breeder, judge, exhibitor or just a general enthusiast, – I am appealing to you as I am in need of your help…

The funding is in place for the DNA Kidney Test to be developed by the Animal Health Trust, but they have run out of material to work with and unfortunately this material is something that money cannot buy. Pet, Show or Rescue Bull Terriers, from the young healthy dog to the more mature animals, the AHT needs cheek swabs from as many of them as possible.

Only co-operation from Bull Terrier owners can achieve this and you are in a position to encourage people to get active in sending in swabs. Bryan McLoughlin of the AHT will send you as many kits as you want free of charge and the most it will cost anyone is the postage to send them back to the AHT, everything else is supplied.

There is a PDF file available to download from the link below and it contains all the information required in this matter. Please download this file, read it yourself, circulate it to as many other Bull Terrier people as possible and ask them to do the same. You can host it on your own website, link to this page on your Facebook or Twitter pages, send it via e-mail to all your Bull Terrier friends, print it out and include it in puppy packs etc, etc. Basically, get the PDF file to them or send them to this page to get it themselves.

  1. Right-click on the download link above.
  2. Select ‘Save Target As’ or ‘Save Link As’ from the menu.
  3. Specify where you’d like to download the file to (e.g. Desktop, My Documents etc).
  4. Click on the ‘Save’ button.
  5. Wait for it to arrive.

There are four further DNA projects being funded in the near future, Hearing, Lethal Acrodermititis, Epilepsy and Heart Problems. All DNA material submitted to the Animal Health Trust will be banked and will be used as deemed suitable for the individual project underway. There will be no wasted DNA material – it is much too precious for that!

Simple but so very important.

I do hope you will humour an old lady. I have had a wonderful life with Bull Terriers – there is no other breed like them and they deserve our care for them to be here for generations to come…

Terry Heath – Holloville Bull Terriers

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