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Rabies a Zoonotic Disease

Courtesy of Dr. Mats Abatzidis of Nobivac

The Latin word ‘rabidus’ means ‘mad’, which is the traditional understanding of the consequences of getting infected with the Rabies virus. A zoonotic disease is one that an animal can contract and then has the potential to transmit it to or infect human beings. The latter means that an animal infected with Rabies has the potential to transmit the disease and infect humans that come in contact with the animal in one way or another. Disease caused by the rabies virus is one that is considered extremely serious due to the very high numbers of mortality or deaths. There are 55,000 human cases of human rabies every year, worldwide. Survival rate is very low. Only one human survivor has been identified thus far, that wasn’t previously vaccinated for rabies. Another five human survivors have been recorded in the history books; however, they had received rabies immunization before been exposed to the infection.

Researchers differentiate between Sylvatic Rabies, which is rabies occurring in wild animals, and Urban rabies which is primarily dog rabies. The actual rabies virus itself is bullet-shaped, sensitive to sunlight and ultraviolet radiation, and can be deactivated by various chemical that are heat detergents, halogens and/or lipid solvents.

Dog rabies is further classified into two main biotypes in southern Africa. “Biotypes” refers to the genetic adaptation of the rabies virus within a specified geographical area. First, we have the canid (dog or jackal) biotype, and secondly we have a mongoose biotype.

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Western Cape Top Dog 2018

Photos courtesy of Showdogs

Western Cape Top Dog 2018

Bichon Frise - Labellevie Rasputin of Spacecadet | Owner: B. Rees

Western Cape Reserve Top Dog 2018

Poodle (Miniature) - Ch Sharbara Tempting Tiffany | Owner: B. Preece & M. Halmi

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Biewer Terrier Registration Requirements

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The Emerging Breed Register of KUSA documents emerging breeds within the Kennel Union of Southern Africa's jurisdiction. Breeds on this register must adhere to special requirements in order to be registered.

As a member of the FCI, dogs registered on the KUSA Appendix Register may be issued with an export pedigree and can be re-registered on another FCI member's Appendix Register.

Schedule 2: Appendix "C" Breed Specific Registration Requirements

Registration requirements for Biewer Terriers

Applications for the registration of Biewer Terriers will only be accepted if the dog has been positively identified via DNA PROFILING and parentage has been verified via DNA PARENTAGE VERIFICATION by a laboratory that is a member of the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG). The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort (OPVGL) is currently the only laboratory in South Africa that is a member of ISAG from which DNA Typing Certificates will be accepted for the registration of Biewer Terriers bred in the KUSA area of jurisdiction.

In the case of Biewer Terriers that are imported, DNA material will be required to be submitted to OPVGL for the issuing of a DNA Typing Certificate which must reflect the dog’s microchip number, DNA Profile number and DNA ID Number. Applications for registration of an imported Biewer Terrier will only be accepted if the required DNA Typing Certificate is attached to the KUSA Registration Application Form.

All Certificates of Registration issued to Biewer Terriers registered or reregistered with the Kennel Union must bear the DNA profile number and DNA ID Number of the dog.