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Corimist is a small show kennel (owned by Nicola Whelan and her sister, Jacqui Young) situated near Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England.
We have lived with Bearded Collies for over 36 years and cannot imagine our lives without them!
Our Beardies are first and foremost well loved family pets and live in our homes but our love for this wonderful breed has developed into a keen interest in breeding and showing.
Thank you for taking the time to view our website - we hope you enjoyed your visit.
Bearded Collie breeders have been shocked and dismayed by the KCs refusal to ban the registration of merles. Their outrage has been compounded by the KCs refusal, despite several requests, to offer an explanation for their decision - merle has never been in the KC breed standard.
The Joint Breed Liaison Committee, made up by the six UK Bearded Collie breed clubs asked for a ban on the registration of Beardies sired or whelped from a merle parent. This was because there is a risk this gene could be introduced. So called working bearded collies have been registered within European Kennel Clubs and there is the danger these dogs could be imported into the UK and transferred to the KC register as pure bred under a reciprocal agreement.
Merles are only seen in working bearded collies which are known to contain other breeds, most notably Border Collies which were regularly used by farmers. Some of these dogs are known to suffer from inherited eye disease and MDR 1 mutation as well as epilepsy and other serious health problems which are not currently found in pure bred KC Registered Beardies.
Despite advice from geneticists, The Kennel Club is refusing to help Bearded Collie breeders protect the health of their breed by banning the registration of merles.
The link to the Bearded Collie Club website is below; where you'll find a link to the Petition against introducing Merles - please sign
it will only take a minute of your time.
excerpt from Statement which appeared in the National Dog Press - October 2011
The Bearded Collie Club Petition