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Breed Education Seminar 2021

Where: Little America Hotel & Resort (host hotel)
When: Tuesday April 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Seminar Cost: $45 which includes a beautiful bound handout booklet and a Continental Breakfast.
Juniors: Free – must be registered by via email.

The Ins and Outs of Pedigree Analysis, Genetic Diversity, and Genetic Disease Control

When considering a breeding, what do you value most, phenotype/pedigree or genotype/pedigree? Actually if you read a pedigree correctly you are, or should be, looking not just at the names and families but also what these dogs have produced in terms of their physical traits, phenotype but also their genotype – their genetic chemical traits. Part of the genetics of dog is its inheritable health conditions. When you look at a pedigree, does heath come to mind? It should and can.

In association with the Collie Health Foundation, Dr. Jerod Bell will present a 3 hour Collie specific genetic health seminar at the 2021 Collie Club of America Breed Education seminar. In preparation for the seminar, Dr. Bell will review questions and materials forwarded by the Collie Club of America/Collie Health Foundation, including disease information and information pertaining to a breed health questionnaire. Dr. Bell will contact any researchers identified by the club to be working on health issues pertaining to the Collie breed and will explain in layman’s terms any specific facts or recommendations based on the current research. Dr. Bell will also research any other genetic disorders reported in the breed and report his findings during the seminar.

The seminar will be presented in two parts. Part one will be based on an analysis of a computerized Collie pedigree database, registration statistics, and pedigree analysis of influential Collie dogs and bitches. It will discuss genetic diversity in the breed, genetic depletion, how the selection of mates and types of matings manipulates the genes of the ancestors in the pedigree, and popular sire syndrome. A question and answer period will close this part, followed by a 10-15-minute break.

The second part of the presentation will focus on genetic disorders affecting the Collie, with updates obtained from conversations with any pertinent researchers. If the club has conducted a breed health survey, it will be analyzed in relation to what is seen in the field. The talk will cover the different types of genetic tests and test panels, their availability, and their proper use. It will include breeding recommendations to manage different types of genetic disorders. A second question and answer period will follow. The seminar will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation prepared specifically for our Collies.

Dr. Bell is an adjunct professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuffs University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. His research and clinical interests include: Veterinary Medical Genetics, Hereditary Disorders of Dogs & Cats, Epidemiology of Defective Genes, Breed Development and Health, Genetic Counseling, and Breed Improvement. He holds memberships in WSAVA Hereditary Diseases Committee, OFA (US), Board of Directors, and AKC Health & Welfare Advisory Panel.

In 2012 Dr. Bell co-authored Veterinary Medical Guide to Dog and Cat Breeds, with Kathleen Cavanaugh, Larry Tilley LP, and Francis W.K. Smith. (Jackson WY: Teton New Media). He is a contributor to chapters on “Genetic Testing,” in Blackwell’s 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Laboratory Tests;  and  Diagnostic Procedures: Canine & Feline, (2009) and on “American Breed Clubs and Health Initiatives” in The Dog and Its Genome, (2006). Dr. Bell has also authored/co-authored over 20 professional journal articles from 1980 – 2016 on inheritance and genetics.

Plan to be part of this exciting and pivotal presentation at the 2021 Collie National Breed Education seminar. See you in wonderful Wyoming, the Equality State!

MAILED REGISTRATIONS: ALL registrations must include name, address, email, and phone number of each registrant. Should multiple registrations be sent on one check or via PayPal, please include participant information for each registrant: Name, address, phone number, and email.

Send to Patt Caldwell, 876 Moseley Road, Copperas Cove, TX 87622. Checks should be made out to CCA with Breed Education Seminar in memo line.

For more information, please contact: Patt Caldwell or (512) 270-8612

Judges Education Seminar

The Judges Education Seminar is open to currently licensed Collie judges or prospective judges who have applied or will be applying to judge Collies. Registration is required to attend. The Seminar Fee is $25, payable to Collie Club of America, Inc. The Classroom Workshop portion with hands-on are included in the program. Ringside mentoring will also be available.

Where: Event Center at Archer (show site)
When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Seminar Room Location: TBA with Registration at 1:00 pm, Seminar begins at 1:30 pm

To register please contact: Roxann Heit at or (316) 734-4642

Juniors Activities

Marjorie Tuff, Chairperson

Come join us, learn more about junior showmanship, make new friends, and renew old friendships.

Open to all children ages 8-18.

Annual Juniors Gathering and Meeting

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 – ½ hour after completion of Beginner Puppy
Location: Show Site

Ringside Handling Opportunity

When: Friday, April 23, 2021 – ½ hour after breed judging
Location: Show Site – Conformation Ring
Please bring a dog and some bait.
Some practice dogs may be available.
Dress is casual.

Don’t forget to attend the Top Junior presentation on Wednesday night.

For more information or questions, contact: Patt Caldwell at or (512) 270-8612