MyDogDNA News

Exploring a breed via MyDogDNA: Lagotto Romagnolo

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.

Uncovering the true breed distribution of mutations causing inherited disorders - Novel research findings for American Foxhound, Japanese Spitz, Miniature Schnauzer, Norrbottenspitz, and Sealyham Terrier

Canine genetics research is advancing rapidly, with around 180 mutations underlying monogenic inherited disorders and traits discovered to date. However, most original studies are focused on one or a few breeds, with a limited number of screened reference dogs from additional breeds. Such approaches are efficient for initial discovery of a mutation, enabling development of a gene test for breeders. Knowledge on the true distribution of the mutation across breeds nevertheless often remains incomplete at the time of the initial discovery.

Sampling - How It Works!

Sampling is an essential part of a successful DNA analysis. In order to get reliable results, it is important to follow carefully the provided instructions. Contaminated or inadequately taken samples are not suitable, because DNA testing needs to work extremely accurately. The samples should contain enough DNA without impurities. In the following text you will find some principles, guidelines and instructions regarding sampling, as well as some pictures with Maisa the Labrador Retriever having her samples taken.

Poodle Breeds and Genetic Diversity – Using MyDogDNA Test Results Over Breed Boundaries

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.

WELSH TERRIERS and DNA testing - Towards sufficient genetic variation in a small population

The Welsh Terrier is a long-legged, rough-haired terrier, which was originally bred for hunting foxes, badgers and otters. This tireless Terrier has a strong temperament, without being aggressive. By nature, it is a happy, playful and fearless, which makes it an easily motivated pet and hobby dog.

A Breeder’s thoughts on MyDogDNA

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.

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 Guide for Reading MyDogDNA test results

MyDogDNA database contains a large amount of genetic information and resulting graphs for each dog. Despite the amount of information, the service is easy to use and using it doesn't require high knowledge of genetics or information technology. To help getting started, here is a short introduction on how to view the MyDogDNA pass and all results in it.

DNA tests, at first just out of curiosity... - Breeder's point of view

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.

Lagotto Week in August - MyDogDNA Participating

Lagotto Romagnolo is a working dog of Italian origin. It is an ancient "breed"; Lagotto-looking curly coated dogs have been portrayed in narrative images, describing fishing and hunting, found in Etruscan tombs. Originally, this multi-talented dog has been a reliable guard dog and hunters' loyal helper (as a retrieving dog) for the people in the lowlands of Romagna region, valley of Comacchio and swamps of Ravenna. Lagotto has a very good sense of smell and it was already in those times used for searching truffles.

New Functions in the Database: Reviewing Genetic Differences on the Basis of Countries and Tags

The MyDogDNA database gets constantly updated with new features and functionalities. As the latest functionality, we have added the possibility to review the plots on genetic differences on the basis of different dog related information. Pictures below present the different views available and gives instructions on what kind of new information can be obtained.

Genetic Diversity in Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Kerry Blue Terrier

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.

About Nordic Hunting Dog Breeds: New Finding in Norrbottenspitz

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.

Project Campaign for English Cocker Spaniels in Collaboration with the Finnish Breed Club

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.

5 Good Reasons to Have Your Dog's DNA Tested

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?

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