MyDogDNA News

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.

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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.


The Samoyed takes its name from the Samoyedic people, an Asiatic group of nomadic origins living in Siberia. These reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds when they moved. In Europe, the breed is known also as Bjelkier. In Russian, the dogs are called Voinaika which means lead or direction dog or guard, hunting and war dog.

MyDogDNA research update: Novel carrier findings in Lagotto Romagnolo, Papillon, Brazilian Terrier and Danish-Swedish Farmdog breeds

Comprehensive panel testing of genetic mutations known to underlie canine inherited disorders offers an efficient and powerful opportunity to screen for presence of mutations across breeds. This enables discovery of previously unreported mutations in breeds that would not necessarily have been screened for the mutations otherwise. However, whether these mutations actually manifest similarly as described in the original breeds requires always further scientific investigation in the new breeds involving clinical characterization of genetically affected individuals.

The Pox of the Popular Sire

The most common admonition of the geneticist to the dog breeder is to "avoid the Popular Sire Syndrome". At the same time, the most common advice from breeder to breeder is to breed "the best to best". So the conundrum is obvious and the consequence predictable - the "best" dogs are the most sought after, so they sire the most offspring and become popular sires.

Introduction to MyDogDNA panel testing of canine inherited disorders and reporting of the test results

Approximately 600 inherited disorders and traits have been described in dogs. Currently, around 160 of these can be tested for due to mutation discoveries made by, and single-gene tests developed by different canine genetics research groups. MyDogDNA provides the first available panel testing concept combined with a research approach that helps breeders and researchers study the presence and distribution of known inherited disorders across dog breeds, while simultaneously providing any dog owner with a possibility to get results for the tested disorders known in their breed.