During the Industrial Revolution, the market’s need for lamb, wool, and mutton drastically increased, making vast land in the Borders of Scotland and Northern England ideal for farming and production of these goods. The land was broad and fenceless, and the farmers needed a hardworking herding dog to help with the shepherding tasks. With this aim the Border Collie was bred, resulting in dog breed today well known for its high intelligence, athletic appearance, quick learning abilities and herding skills.
After the last year’s world cat show was held in Malmo, this year it was Vienna’s privilege to host this biggest FIFe event. The show gathered more than 1000 cats, which is approximately 10 times more than an average cat show. AnimaLabs had the privilege to attend the event and present itself.
Inherited canine eye disorders comprise a large number of ocular pathologies and their occurrence depends on genetic inheritance by the offspring from their parents. General knowledge about hereditary eye diseases has increased significantly during the last twenty years, and today they are among the best described and best characterized group of all inherited canine diseases.
The bond between humans and dogs is unique, closer than between any other species. This bond is a result of dog breeding, which started to form more than 100 000 years ago with the first domesticated wolf.
Another successful FCI event has been organised, on which this year AnimaLabs had opportunity to present itself. The FCI-European Dog Show this year took place in Brussels, Belgium and was held between 26th and 28th of August. Within those 3 days about 30, 000 visitors with 15, 000 dogs have visited the event.
After 4 Summer Night Shows in Split, our next stop is an even bigger dog lovers and breeders event: FCI-European Dog Show 2016, in Brussels, Belgium, held on 26.-28. August.
As Belgium was the first country in history to organise a dog show, we expect this show to be very interesting and a lot of dog breeds to be seen. More than 12 000 dogs are expected to be shown in these three days.
In previous years, big advances have been made in understanding of dog genetics. Different traits or inherited diseases differ among each other in modes of inheritance. Progress in the field of dog genetics, the CanMap project and recognition of a dog as a model for a number of inherited diseases in humans led to identification of mutations associated with many different diseases and traits found in various dog breeds.
Now breeders can take care of their breeding stock by DNA testing for neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, sensory, renal, metabolic and other numerous disorders. A lot of information of dog disease genetics was acquired in a short amount of time. Although it will take time to fully come to understanding all of the findings, it is necessary for breeders to understand the DNA tests results they get for their dogs. To be able to put the results to use in practice, basic knowledge of modes of inheritance is needed.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a common term used for a group of inherited retinal diseases. During the progression of the disease, retina of the eye degenerates over time, eventually worsening the condition and ultimately leading to blindness.
Dog DNA sample collection kit is used for dog DNA sample collection, which is usually a first step in a longer laboratory process. DNA extraction is an important part of the process because the DNA needs to be purified and separated from proteins and other cellular contaminants. It is based on combination of different physical…
After the first domestication of dogs from the grey wolf, the number of the dog population grew quickly, matching the rising number of agrarian societies. Even in those early ages of the first dog populations, people were breeding dogs in order to acquire desired traits. One of the most important traits was, and still is, the dog coat color.