Dog’s Life : for healthier Labradors

Dogslife is a web-based epidemiological research project collecting information about the health of Kennel Club registered Labrador Retrievers born after the 1st January 2010, and who have been registered with the Kennel Club or had their registration transferred after the 1st July 2010. We hope to identify factors which may affect the health and disease of dogs in their first year of life. Only dogs registered in the UK are eligible to take part in the project. Continue reading Dog’s Life : for healthier Labradors

Genetic Testing and Genetic Counseling in Pet and Breeding Dogs

A must read presentation from the 2010 WSAVA Congress by Jerold S. Bell, DVM (North Grafton, MA, USA) including the following topics:

Introduction
Genetic Tests
Genetic Counseling for Owners
Genetic Counseling for Breeders
Autosomal Recessive Disorders
Autosomal Dominant Disorders
Sex-Linked Disorders
Polygenic Disorders/Complex Inheritance
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Facing Breed Related Diseases as a Vet ; Practical & Ethical Aspects

2010 WSAVA Congress Proceedings

Excerpt:

Facing Breed Related Diseases as a Vet–Practical and Ethical Aspects
Jerold S. Bell, DVM
North Grafton, MA, USA

Responsibilities of Veterinarians

With each hereditary issue, we as a veterinary profession are being called upon to determine what is “normal”, what is “abnormal”, and what screening tests can be performed to allow selection away from disease causing phenotypes. . . . → Read More: Facing Breed Related Diseases as a Vet ; Practical & Ethical Aspects

Inherited Diseases in Dogs : Cambridge University

This web site contains a guide to diseases/conditions of pure bred dogs which are likely to be transmitted wholly or partly through a genetic mechanism.

* Search the Inherited Diseases in Dogs Database

The site is not designed as a diagnostic system, and I cannot offer individual veterinary advice. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from . . . → Read More: Inherited Diseases in Dogs : Cambridge University

Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding (U.K.)

Press release – Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding

After a ten month long inquiry, Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS called for a non-statutory Advisory Council on Dog Breeding, changes in the law including a requirement for all puppies to be micro-chipped prior to sale, and an up-graded Accredited Breeder Scheme. Continue reading Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding (U.K.)

Study Looks At Canine Cancer Genes

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/192574.php

Michigan State University veterinarians are taking part in a two-year, $5.3 million project to analyze five cancers in dogs, research that could offer new insight into canine cancer genes and their potential impact on the human form of the disease.
“Because purebred dogs have been selected to have specific physical and behavioral traits, their background genetics, within breeds, are very similar, with that ‘background noise’ suppressed, cancer genes are made more obvious.”Barbara Kitchell, director of MSU’s Center for Comparative Oncology said. Continue reading Study Looks At Canine Cancer Genes

Kangal dogs : an Andrew Johnston essay

April 29, 2010 •
Kangal History by Andrew Johnston
Olympic Dogs

About Kangal dogs,

“The most valid question I’ve heard the Anatolian people pose is: ‘why would a shepherd care what color his dog was if it did it’s job?’  And I have to admit I’ve no answer for that. I’ve always found those in dogs that were particularly concerned with a dab of white here or black there, be it Kangal, Boerboel, or a Dogo were not the people truly interested in function.”

Kangals

In a perhaps telling twist, the most ancient of breeds I work with may have the least to choose from by way of written history. A breed that’s purported to have been around for thousands of years, sitting as Turkey does at the geographical cross roads of the world, that history might be quite busy and all but impossible to document anyway. Or perhaps, as a true land race breed, there is really very little that can be said with certainty; except the breed has been around almost as long as animal husbandry. Continue reading Kangal dogs : an Andrew Johnston essay