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Inbreeding — Is it necessary? by James E. Seltzer

Inbreeding — Is it necessary? by James E. Seltzer Inbreeding – The mating together of animals more closely related to one another than the average relationship within the breed. Line breeding – The mating of later generations back to some ancestor or its descendents. Line breeding is a form of inbreeding. Abstract When we peruse… Read More »

Increasing Hereditary Health Problems in the Breeding of Purebred Dogs …. by Professor Reinhardt Haberzettl

Increasing Hereditary Health Problems in the Breeding of Purebred Dogs – A Comparative Overview Using Dobermans in Germany, Europe and in the USA as Examples by Dr. Reinhardt Haberzettl Introduction – Linda C Kurz, UDC Recording Secretary and Health Committee Chair. An early version of the following article originally appeared in August 2002 in “Das… Read More »

THE CARDIOMYOPATHY CHRONICLES 1 – by Rod Humphries

THE CARDIOMYOPATHY CHRONICLES 1: THE SCIENCE NEWS AND GENETICS… SCIENTISTS DETERMINE MODE OF INHERITANCE FOR DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY IN DOBERMAN PINSCHERS By Rod Humphries Abstract While the hunt continues for the gene or genes which cause dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Doberman Pinschers, a team of scientists led by one of America’s leading geneticists, Dr. Kathryn Meurs,… Read More »

EUROPEAN TEAM CLAIMS SECOND DCM MUTATION IS IMMINENT… By Rod Humphries

EUROPEAN TEAM CLAIMS SECOND DCM MUTATION IS IMMINENT… Raises Question of Serious Genetic Complications in Efforts to Eradicate Disease from the Breed By Rod Humphries Abstract A crack European research team with $16.5 million in grant money from the European Union government has dropped a bombshell with announcement of the imminent identification of a second… Read More »

The polygenic inheritance of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) – by Professor Reinhardt Haberzettl

The polygenic inheritance of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs (GSD, Dobermann, Irish Wolfhound,, etc.) and breeding countermeasures by Professor Reinhardt Haberzettl Content: 1 Introduction 2 Materials and methods 3 Results and conclusions 4 Discussion 5 Breeding measures against DCM 6 Summary 7 Literature 1. Introduction: The incidence of DCM In the German Shepherd Dog (GSD)… Read More »