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Greyhound

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“Adopted July 2020 - Retired from Birmingham, AL; placed through GEGR; now lives an active retirement in MD!”

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Maryland, USA

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Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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Greyhound

The Greyhound is a breed unmatched in speed. This ancient dog has been used for hunting and racing, but they make wonderful companions. Surprisingly, this breed is often described as a couch potato!

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Our algorithms predict this is the most likely family tree to explain Birch’s breed mix, but this family tree may not be the only possible one.

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Health Summary

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Birch is at increased risk for one genetic health condition.

Bald Thigh Syndrome

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Birch inherited both copies of the variant we tested

How to interpret this result

Birch two copies of a variant in the IGFBP5 gene associated with increased risk for Bald Thigh Syndrome. If Birch is showing signs of Bald Thigh Syndrome, please contact your veterinarian.

What is Bald Thigh Syndrome?

A cosmetic condition common to sighthounds characterized by hair loss on the thighs. It is caused by a structural abnormality of the hair follicle.

Breed-Relevant Genetic Conditions

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Malignant Hyperthermia (RYR1)

Identified in Greyhounds

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Through Birch’s mitochondrial DNA we can trace her mother’s ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. This map helps you visualize the routes that her ancestors took to your home. Their story is described below the map.

Haplogroup

A1d

Haplotype

A362

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A1d

Birch’s Haplogroup

This female lineage can be traced back about 15,000 years to some of the original Central Asian wolves that were domesticated into modern dogs. The early females that represent this lineage were likely taken into Eurasia, where they spread rapidly. As a result, many modern breed and village dogs from the Americas, Africa, through Asia and down into Oceania belong to this group! This widespread lineage is not limited to a select few breeds, but the majority of Rottweilers, Afghan Hounds and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons belong to it. It is also the most common female lineage among Papillons, Samoyeds and Jack Russell Terriers. Considering its occurrence in breeds as diverse as Afghan Hounds and Samoyeds, some of this is likely ancient variation. But because of its presence in many modern European breeds, much of its diversity likely can be attributed to much more recent breeding.

A362

Birch’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1d haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most commonly in Greyhounds. It’s a rare find!

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The vast majority of Rottweilers have the A1d haplogroup.

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The Paternal Haplotype reveals a dog’s deep ancestral lineage, stretching back thousands of years to the original domestication of dogs.

Are you looking for information on the breeds that Birch inherited from her mom and dad? Check out her breed breakdown and family tree.

Paternal Haplotype is determined by looking at a dog’s Y-chromosome—but not all dogs have Y-chromosomes!

Why can’t we show Paternal Haplotype results for female dogs?

All dogs have two sex chromosomes. Female dogs have two X-chromosomes (XX) and male dogs have one X-chromosome and one Y-chromosome (XY). When having offspring, female (XX) dogs always pass an X-chromosome to their puppy. Male (XY) dogs can pass either an X or a Y-chromosome—if the puppy receives an X-chromosome from its father then it will be a female (XX) puppy and if it receives a Y-chromosome then it will be a male (XY) puppy. As you can see, Y-chromosomes are passed down from a male dog only to its male offspring.

Since Birch is a female (XX) dog, she has no Y-chromosome for us to analyze and determine a paternal haplotype.

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