This information is free - which probably reflects its true worth
Interesting conversation with the BMH Society chaps at the gundog tent, Game Fair, this morning.
Gene pool in the UK was tiny but is growing slowly as people import. Some lines are KC registered, others not. Some early to the UK lines have well-known aggression issues and greed has driven significant breeding of hideously incompatible couples including brother/sister. Eye and hip problems and even, rarely, fitting, have surfaced in some lines - and still people have bred. BMH have also been bred with Labs, and bred for shorter legs than the standard.
However, quarantine regs change in January 2012 from six months to 15 weeks, so it will will now be possible to bring a pup in and stand a good chance of bonding and training, thus avoiding - assuming a sensible, informed purchase - falling foul of the money-grabbing unethical shysters that, sadly, infect the dog world.