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.
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.
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.