I am a Coton de Tulear –breeder and also a member of our breed club’s breeding committee. Genetic tests became familiar to us breeders a few years ago. We started testing for an inherited eye disease, CMR (Canine Multifocal Retinopathy) that follows an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. Samples were collected during our club’s annual Spring and Autumn Days. In addition, many breeders had their dogs analysed on their own. I got pretty soon involved in the process also as a sample taker because of my veterinarian background. Some of my own dogs were tested already then as well.
Hunting dogs are close to my heart, especially all nice spitz-type breeds. Currently I have those of three different breeds: Norrbottenspitz, Finnish Spitz and East Siberian Laika and with these dogs we hunt, compete, do all kinds of activities and also little breeding.
With the help of DNA testing, it is possible to get answers to a wide range of questions related to the health and appearance of an individual. These answers often raise even more questions and professional advice is needed for support. The amount of information received may seem daunting, even leading to questioning its necessity. However, when used correctly, the information can be harnessed to be an effective tool helping to solve many dog- or breed- related problems. Therefore, it is good to return to a most fundamental question: Why is canine genetic testing worthwhile?
The new MyDogDNA genome-wide testing program is a major step forward in making comprehensive health screening an affordable reality for dog breeders
Prior to now there was one major obstacle to widespread disease testing for dogs: cost. It is very expensive to have your breeding stock tested for genetic diseases one test at a time.
FROM SINGLE GENE TESTS TO A GENOME-WIDE ANALYSIS – The Possibilities Canine Genetics Research has to offer
Canine genetic disease research has been going on actively for the past ten years and through this research, dozens of single gene tests have been developed.
Nevertheless, these single gene tests don’t provide us with a comprehensive overview on the genetic health and the genetic diversity in dogs.