MyDogDNA® contributes to the understanding of the breed history and diversity of the Finnish national dog
This week the Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics published a study regarding the impact of breed history on the genetic diversity in Finnish and Nordic Spitz. The study was conducted in collaboration between Genoscoper Laboratories, breed enthusiasts and the department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. Besides combining traditional pedigree analysis and genotyping in a unique way, the work is also a rare example of citizen science.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a small-sized gun dog that is mainly used for hunting, dog sports and dog shows. The breed is divided into show and working lines that have distinct characteristics. In this article, we focus on English Cocker Spaniel breed data created by the MyDogDNA testing panel, focusing especially on genetic diversity.
The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten is a wheat coloured, middle-sized, terrier breed. In this article, we focus on Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed data collected with the MyDogDNA test panel, as well as on how to use this data in practice.
Although considered as one of the oldest breeds in Europe, according to present knowledge, the global population of our breed, Cirneco dell’Etna, is relatively small. Cirneco-like dogs have appeared on the Italian island of Sicily for about three thousand years. During the last centuries the Cirnecos have been used in hunting wild rabbits on the challenging slopes of the volcano Etna.
DNA–based testing is the most powerful tool for disease management, but the battle against genetic disorders also requires diligence to maintain diversity
How to maintain genetic diversity while reducing disease frequency in pedigree dog?
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute who published an article earlier this year were aimed to answer this question. Encompassing all 215 dog breeds officially recognized by The Kennel Club in the UK, the study carefully lists 396 inherited diseases, provides available methods for the management of those diseases, and offers further specific recommendations for breeders.
The Danish Swedish Farmdog represents the valuable cultural heritage of Denmark and Sweden. Dogs of this breed have lived on the farms of Denmark and Southern Sweden probably already in the 18th or 19th century. The Farmdog performed a number of different tasks on the farms. It has kept the farm clean of rats and other rodents, driven foxes out of the henhouses, informed as a watch dog about those who come and go– there are even stories about Farmdogs that walked children to school and back home at the end of the school day.
The world’s most complex and comprehensive genetic test for dogs, MyDogDNA, has been available to all dog owners for about a year. During this time, Lagottos have been tested to the extent that it is possible to get an overview of the genetic variation in the breed. The Lagotto enthusiasts have also gratifyingly adopted the MyDogDNA Breeder –tool that is based on the test results in the MyDogDNA database in order to treasure the breed’s genetic diversity.
A Poodle is a happy and lively dog. It enjoys being the center of attention. In addition, it wants to please and is willing to learn. It also loves action and is suitable for diverse activities. Overall, the Poodles are well-proportioned, well-balanced and elegant dogs. At dog shows they stand out with their gorgeous coats and elegant appearances, and the best individuals are often seen at top places in the group and BIS rings.
Genetic Diversity, Problematics of Popular Sire Syndrome, and Benefits of Comprehensive DNA testing – Real-life Examples from the Coton de Tulear Breed
The world’s most complex and comprehensive genetic test for dogs, MyDogDNA, has been available for all dog owners for about a year. During this time, Coton de Tulears have been tested to the extent that it is possible to have a first look at the diversity level of this breed. This article also describes a real-life example, encountered in the breed, of how a genetic defect causing a genetic disorder can spread rapidly through popular sires.
A comprehensive genetic analysis enables simultaneous assessment of genetic disorders, genetic traits and genetic diversity, on both individual and breed level. The gathered information can be utilized concretely in breeding, alongside pedigree information. Here we give a brief introduction to genetic diversity assessment results in Irish Soft Coated Wheaten and Kerry Blue Terriers with MyDogDNA.
Today, DNA information can be widely utilized in breeding and in efforts to preserve a breed's health. With the help of DNA testing, it is possible to get information about hereditary diseases and characteristics as well as about genetic diversity and genetic differences, both on an individual and on a breed level. Comprehensive DNA information can thus be harnessed to be a powerful and efficient supportive tool foor sustainable breeding.
The English Cocker Spaniel is an old British bird dog breed, whose origins are in land spaniels. The spaniels were quite a mixed population at that time: dogs were of different colors and sizes, and were used to drive game towards hunters’ nets, hawks and later towards their guns. Other spaniels and setters originate also from the same population. The first mention about Cocker Spaniel dates to early 19th century. It became a separate breed in 1892, when the Kennel Club made a separation between the Cocker Spaniel and the Field Spaniel.
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?
Curly Coated Retriever is a breed belonging to the retriever breed group. The population of Curly Coated Retrievers is relatively small: globally, the estimated population size for the breed is only about 6 000 individuals. In Finland, about 40 Curly Coat Retrievers are born every year. To have an overview on the situation of this breed, both in Finland and globally, the Finnish Curly Coated Retriever Breed Club Kiharakerho ry has made the decision to start a project aiming at identifying the genetic health and diversity of this breed and its breeding base.
In the statistics below, we give you an updated overview to genome-wide measured genetic diversity levels in different breeds. This table helps you get an understanding of what kind of differences there may be between breeds in terms of heterozygosity. The information gets updated with each new tested dog in the MyDogDNA database and thus refers always to the latest data available.