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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?

My Dog's DNA testing - Dog Owner's Experiences

We bought our dog Sampo from a farm on the island of Kemiö in Finland, in February 2006. The lady of the farm told us that they had deliberately let their mixed-breed dog mate with the neighbour's dog, which was also of mixed-breed. She told me that there were five different breeds in Sampo: Samoyed, Husky, Lapponian Herder, Golden Retriever and Border Collie.

A Quick Overview of Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular popular dog breeds in the world. However, only a small proportion of the Golden Retriever population is actively used in breeding, and, therefore, the Golden Retriever breeders and enthusiasts are now interested in learning more about the genetic diversity in this breed. The estimations based on pedigrees (coefficient of inbreeding) don't necessarily reflect the genetic situation of the breed. A more detailed overview can be obtained by making use of DNA information.

What does MyDogDNA reveal about Bernese Mountain Dog and other Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dog breeds?

Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed of Swiss origin and the most popular breed among the Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs. The population has spread around the world and therefore different lines can presumably be identified. Nevertheless, all individuals of this breed have their origins in Switzerland. How does this show in the breed’s genetic diversity?

Genetic Diversity in Curly Coated Retrievers

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.

Updated overview to genetic diversity levels in different dog breeds

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.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy - What is this test telling and should I be worried?

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a severe hereditary disorder present in Doberman Pinschers and other breeds that ultimately leads to heart failure and sudden death.

Assessing Genetic Diversity in Kromfohrländer - View to a cross-breeding project

Kromfohrländer, a native German breed, is known to have a very limited gene pool and is thus subject to a cross-European breeding project focusing to expand the pool. Given the vulnerable genetic status of the breed, the Finnish Breed Association for Kromfohrländer initiated a project aiming at measuring the genome-wide diversity of the breed in 2013. Several dogs of Central European origin were also recruited for the study. 

Exploring Genetic Diversity in Akita Inu

Originally, Akita Inu is an ancient Japanese hunting breed that has a variety of different phases in its history. Nowadays, there are tens of thousands of Akita Inus, most of them living in the breed's country of origin, Japan. The breed has developed from a small number of dogs. As a result, the breed has a narrow gene pool and therefore, the owners and breeders of Akita Inus share now a common goal to preserve the breed's genetic diversity.

News on New Storage Disease Test for Lagottos

We have received a lot of questions regarding the new storage disease test for Lagottos.
The Canine Genetics Research Group at the University of Helsinki has published today information about new testing possibilities within the ongoing study.

Read more via this link:

www.koirangeenit.fi

New in MyDogDNA test panel: Coat Furnishings (moustache and eyebrows)

Coat Furnishings (moustache and eyebrows) / Improper Coat in Portuguese Water Dogs, variant chr13:11659792

Coat Furnishings (moustache and eyebrows) / Improper Coat in Portuguese Water Dogs, variant chr13:11676852

This test is based on two genetic variants whose presence in the dog's genome is strongly associated with the furnishings phenotype.

MyDogDNA 2.0 - New content and more sophisticated reporting system

A year ago we lived exciting times. The MyDogDNA pilot project, the very first dog's genome-wide panel testing and diversity analysis was about to start later in the Spring. Close to 2000 dogs from 50 breeds participated in the analysis. The pilot project not only gave birth to a whole new DNA testing service and platform, but to a whole new forward-thinking community of dog owners, breeders and Breed Clubs. Now, a year later, the second release of MyDogDNA testing concept is at hand.

The Pox of The Popular Sire - Now translated also into German

Even if the “popular sire” in this essay is chosen on a dog show, what is said is also true for breeding working dogs. Because here as well the most successful performance dog will be used for breeding more than average, which could result e.g. in several thousand offspring sired by a big winning track racing Greyhound.

Quick overview to the genome-wide measured diversity levels in different dog breeds

Ahead of the New Year, we want to provide you with a quick overview to the genome-wide measured diversity levels in various breeds. The brief listing helps you quickly get an understanding of  the kind of differences there may be between the pedigreed breeds in terms of the measured heterozygosity.

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