Univ. of Georgia study of causes of dog deaths offers insight into breed-specific problems

Release Date: 04/19/2011
A study recently released by the University of Georgia provides a comprehensive look at the causes of death in more than 80 dog breeds. Continue reading Univ. of Georgia study of causes of dog deaths offers insight into breed-specific problems

Shar-Pei: Genetics & Periodic Fever Disorder

A Mutation Causing Wrinkled Skin Of Shar-Pei Dogs Is Linked To Periodic Fever Disorder

An international investigation has uncovered the genetics of the Shar-Pei dog’s characteristic wrinkled skin. The researchers, led by scientists at Uppsala University and the Broad Institute, have connected this mutation to a periodic fever disorder and they propose that the findings could have important human health implications. Details appear on March 17 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. Continue reading Shar-Pei: Genetics & Periodic Fever Disorder

Predictors of Hip Dysplasia

Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2011 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print]
Canine Hip Dysplasia is Predictable by Genotyping.
Guo G, Zhou Z, Wang Y, Zhao K, Zhu L, Lust G, Hunter L, Friedenberg S, Li J, Zhang Y, Harris S, Jones P, Sandler J, Krotscheck U, Todhunter R, Zhang Z.
OBJECTIVE: To establish a predictive method using whole nome
genotyping for early intervention in canine hip dysplasia (CHD) risk
management, for the prevention of the progression of secondary
osteoarthritis (OA), and for selective breeding. Continue reading Predictors of Hip Dysplasia

Our Kangal/Boerboel – Sadik

An Andrew Johnston dog;

Sadik turkish adj. loyal, faithful, obedient, devoted, true blue, true hearted, adhesive, constant, devout,  staunch, trusty.
Sadik is the name of our dog a purposefully cross-bred kangal/boerboel.  Kangals are turkish flock guardians that can be over 150 pounds and more than 30 inches tall at the shoulder.  Boerboels in contrast are South African a shorter, more stocky dog with a shorter nose and short hair. Continue reading Our Kangal/Boerboel – Sadik

Specific breed risks

Top 10 Breed-Specific risks; PDF file from Ohio State Univ.
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Vets asked to report Cesarean Operations

25 Nov 2010
Veterinary associations are asking vets to start reporting cesarean operations to the Kennel Club in the new year as part of the profession’s commitment to improving dog health and welfare. Continue reading Vets asked to report Cesarean Operations

Genetics & Breeding strategies

Essays for the dog breeder.

Follow these links to great book chapters on breeding and genetics by Dr. Thorpe-Vargas

Introduction: Dog breeding moves to the next level
Chapter 1: Extraordinary diversity
Chapter 2: A genetics primer
Chapter 3: What you get is not necessarily what you see!
Chapter 4: Ethics and breeding strategies
Chapter 5: The shallow end of the gene pool
Chapter 6: . . . → Read More: Genetics & Breeding strategies