Brief Summary of the IFEZ Conference 2016
The IFEZ is a godsent. With its extensive database it offers broad possibilities for scientifically based breeding of healthy Eurasiers in all clubs. We can be proud of it. A special welcome was given to the interested representatives of the Czech club who were present for the first time.
During the first part of the meeting several Eurasier breed topics were discussed:
- The moderate change of the Standard 291 which was approved by the VDH (German Kennel Club) was submitted to the FCI for approval.
- Dandy-Walker-Like-Malformation (DWLM) can be handled well from a breeding perspective as most clubs recommend or require genetic testing. The genetic diversity will not suffer.
- Hypothyroidsm is one of those autoimmune diseases which have a big hereditary component and which develop slowly and silently. The testing of four different thyroid values is highly recommended for as many dogs as possible, not only for those who are used for breeding.
- Gastric Torsion is being observed increasingly but currently no special cluster, for example in specific lines, can be detected.
- Further health topics which were discussed included: degenerative myelopathie, Glaucoma, eye disease in general, lumbosacral transitional veterbra (currently it is permissible to breed with type 1), epilepsy, heart disease, patellar luxation, breeding problems - e.g., unsuccessful breedings. For many of these topics luckily no new cases could be reported. Nevertheless all breeding officials will continue to be vigilant pertaining to the different health aspects of the Eurasiers.
The second part of the meeting consisted of a vivid discussion about the duties and possibilities of the IFEZ in the presence and specifically in the future.
Critical conclusions and possible changes for the future require the hard work of everyone. The IFEZ and its goals must be emphasized even more, it must be marketed as a „seal of excellence“ of Eurasier breeding; this can be reached first and foremost by the strong clubs, secondly through PR measures on the website of the IFEZ, on Facebook and possibly through other media.
The third part of the meeting contained the introduction of new ideas and possibilities for the development of a new format of health data administration. A working group presented a well-prepared project plan for an open online database.
Data exchange is obviously the core of all cooperating IFEZ clubs. Since these thoughts were presented for the first time, a very vivid discussion developed concerning the accessibility of Eurasier data, touching topics like:
Individuals as users; clubs only as users of the database; different access levels; consideration on limitations of users‘ circles; control instruments assuring the accuracy of data and data security; assuring the breeding in accordance with the standard; guided breeding of a still young breed. These were only some of the partically very controversial topics. This discussion will now resume in the individual clubs.
The work on the project itself will continue and will be on the itinerary again next year. No decisions were made.
After all required rules and regulations were met, the end of the meeting was highlighted by a very special and interesting presentation by Professor Dr. Kurt Kotrschal, Chairperson of the Wolf-Science-Center near Vienna, The deep emotional connection of Humans and Dogs.
The meeting was enhanced by many personal, intensive conversations between representatives of clubs which are mostly limited to phone calls or emails during the year. Throughout the meals, the dog walk and in the evening many topics around the wonderful Eurasier were discussed in depth. It was an all around successful meeting for the benefit of our beautiful breed.
gisela aach, IFEZ-Sekretariat
IFEZ Annual Meeting 2015
This year, the annual meeting of IFEZ, the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding, was hosted by the Finnish club in Helsinki. It was our 20th annual meeting and was well organized by the President of the Finnish Club, Mrs. Satu Rossow.
These gatherings are the highlight of the working year for IFEZ, as, wherever possible, the individual club representatives (Chair, Data Representative and Heads of Breeding) of member clubs meet up. Many kynological topics concerning the Eurasier are worked on extensively and finalized, as well as new topics raised and put on the Agenda.
Changes in the clubs’ personnel are shared, so that the cooperation between clubs can always be conducted with familiar individuals.
The main topics discussed in 2015:
- Summary of the changes to the FCI standard 291 as proposed by the three German VDH clubs. Confirmation by the FCI is still lacking.
- The NGEH (Nordic Group for Eurasier Health), an Associated member of IFEZ (membership status suspended) reports on their experience with the NEK and NKK. The inconsistencies are hard to follow (no club was founded to justify the allegation of ‘impermissible competition’ as raised by the NEK). The group, as well as IFEZ, is solely dedicated to breeding healthy Eurasiers. Therefore the (re)actions of the ‘Nordic clubs’, which are dedicated to the same goals, appear, at this point, incomprehensible.
- The procedure for dealing with requests for sires from single breeders, as well as puppy enquiries from people outside of IFEZ, was discussed again and adapted, as the feedback of health-data is often poor. All clubs should adhere to the same protocol. Each suggested mating outside of one’s own club has to be signed by both Breeding Representatives.
- IFEZ will increase its public relations over the next months; to this effect a small working group was established.
- It was decided that, from now on, English is the second official language in IFEZ alongside German.
- Health and Breeding Topics
- Individual health problems, occasionally occurring in the breed and already addressed in 2014, were discussed again.
- The DNA testing which, by now, is partially firmly in place was introduced and first results were exchanged. New possibilities arise which allow to refine Eurasier breeding even more carefully when it comes to possible health problems.
- Suggested changes or additions to the IFEZ database already discussed in 2014 were defined more closely and will be implemented for the 2016 data exchange thus improving the possibilities of capturing information on health and test results.
- Status/results of thyroid testing in the individual clubs: A topic that is being addressed annually to assure that the problem is closely monitored.
- The question arose if not all clubs should require full eye screenings. The discussion will continue. Some clubs already require full eye screening as part of their health testing.
- Individual occurrences of health problems, unknown in the breed to date, were mentioned: Hemangiosarcoma, symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy.
- As decided in 2014, the conference included the Sunday morning for the first time to offer additional time to discuss the large amount of topics.
- The Eurasier Club Austria, ECA, fortunately stepped in to take over the presidency for the next two years since the Zuchtgemeinschaft fuer Eurasier e.V., ZG, expressed its inability to do so at this time. The ECA will organize the meeting in Stuttgart in 2016.
- During the breaks and in the evenings the participants came together in different groups to discuss particularly interesting topics. Everyone is already looking forward to the next meeting in 2016, which will hopefully draw many participants.
Gisela Aach, IFEZ Secretary
Translation: Brigitte Mordan-Grimm; Ute Molush
IFEZ-Meeting 2011 in Arbon, Switzerland
This year the Swiss Eurasier Club IGES invited to the annual meeting of the IFEZ in Switzerland. The weather was beautiful when the representatives of the various IFEZ-Eurasier Clubs met in a small, and dog friendly hotel in Arbon at Lake Bodensee. The combination of sun shine, a colourful forest with autumn leaves, and, in close reach, a wonderful area directly at Lake Bodensee, where the dogs could run free, made it a very pleasant stay for all participants.
At the meeting, everybody met „old friends“ as well as „new faces“ (for the first time, the Norwegian Eurasier Club attended with a delegation consisting of three, their president, vice-president, and IFEZ-representative were present). Alongside with the meeting, many interesting conversations took place concerning our most favourite subject: Eurasiers.
Items of the meeting:
- The Data Exchange Programme
- Adjustments to the Contracts to include extended functions of the IFEZ
- A Secretary, to ensure continuity and up-to-date, sound information
- Information concerning the Swedish and Canadian Eurasier Clubs
- Reports from every delegation, and detailed discussions about various health subjects, such as the status quo of the thyroid project, bio data base, etc.
- Report of the FCI-Representative
Until late in the evening, those interested in the wide field of breeding were still sitting at their computers and exchanging information. Sunday started with „Eurasier talks“ during breakfast, which were partly continued into the afternoon.
Photographers in Arbon 2011: Beat Kempf and ZG
All in all, like in every year, the meeting was filled with a lot of intensive work, with many, very good conversations and discussions all focusing on Eurasiers. Possibly, all participants would have wished for at least 25 to 26 hours a day. In the coming year, the meeting will take place in October, in Stuttgart, Germany.
IFEZ-Meeting 2010, during the last weekend in October
Mr Peter Moellenbruck, President of the Swiss Eurasier Club „IGES“, invited to the 2010 IFEZ meeting in Stuttgart, Germany.
Already on Friday evening, before the actual meeting started, many representatives of the IFEZ-Clubs met to discuss work with the IFEZ data base, the actual heart of the cooperation. The question they dealt with was whether it were necessary to „modernize“ the IFEZ data base, whether new technical possibilities could be inevitable. In future, the Clubs will need to keep this in view, too! Placing data online, a subject that should be first discussed within the board of each Club.
Saturday was the main day of work for the IFEZ club representatives.
Following organizational discussions and agreements, the next item on the agenda was exciting: The Eurasier Society UK, ESUK, and the Norwegian Eurasier Club NEK both introduced their Clubs, their breeding strategy, their Ethics, and then applied for membership as associated members within IFEZ.
For prior examination long before the meeting, they had sent all necessary information, so that after a short discussion among all full members of the IFEZ, Peter Moellenbruck could welcome both clubs as new members. Their applications as associated members of the IFEZ was approved unisono.
Naturally, the main fields of discussion focused on questions about Eurasier health and breeding. In that context, an interim report was given on the status quo of thyroid panel evaluations, which seem to suggest that the normal thyroid values for Eurasiers might rather be in the lower part of the reference range – here, more evaluations are necessary.
Also, once again, very detailed information was exchanged concerning the differing breeding regulations in the various Eurasier clubs, and their National Kennel Clubs. In future, when matings are planned between Eurasiers of two different clubs, the rules of the club of the female should always apply. Of course, the breeder is to be included accordingly.
With great engagement, a lot more questions regarding breeding were discussed, partly until way after dinner, late into the evening.
It was a meeting filled with a lot of work, but, of course, it also helped to get to know each other better, and to exchange experiences.
All Clubs are looking forward to the next meeting in 2011 in Switzerland, in Arbon, at Lake Bodensee, where the Swiss Eurasier Club IGES found a small, dog friendly hotel for the conference.
IFEZ meeting 2009 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Mr. John Stegman, the IFEZ president for this office term, and 1. Chairman of the EVN (the Eurasier club in the Netherlands), had invited the representatives of all IFEZ clubs and associations to the Netherlands. A long journey for many, but well worth it!
The atmosphere was warm and very friendly, many conversations and discussions aimed for results, old acquaintances were deepened and new eurasier enthusiasts introduced – as usual, a full program within a very limited time. A week-end can be so short …
Full of hope to promote the IFEZ from a cynological point of view, plans were made, and first steps were taken – until the next conference, study groups are going to look into some especially important subjects, and will develop and process them, for example concerning the health of our Eurasiers, news all around the IFEZ data bank, input and production of essential documents, including public relations.
The Swedish Eurasier club could not yet realize their membership this year because of smaller "problems", however, they plan to join the IFEZ in 2010, probably as a cooperating member. The attendance of the following, interesting guests was a real pleasure: The KZG, Germany, and the Norwegian club NEK had both sent small delegations, as they are interested in the work of the IFEZ.
On Saturday evening, with the handing over of the presidency to Mr. Moellenbruck, the president of the IGES, Switzerland, the official part of the meeting ended. The next conference will probably take place in Germany again.
IFEZ Meeting on September 27, 2007 in Stuttgart
31 delegates and guests from 9 countries attended the meeting in Stuttgart. One delegate from another country asked to be excused.
- Approval of the new arrangements for associated and cooperating members
- Admission of the Eurasier club of Belgium (ECB) as an associate member
- New appearance (logo and web page)
- The first results from a series of thyroid tests
- First ideas for the 50 year anniversary of Eurasiers
- Various other canine topics