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Birdie Mae

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    Birdie Mae (November 2020).

“Birdie is a confident, intelligent rescue who gets out of (our) bed only for food & outside time. She's a clown who enjoys chasing birds/rabbits and car window surfing. Her prey drive is VERY strong, and she instinctively distinguishes between different bird types & animals. With her impressive scent skills, and no training, she points, tracks & quarters with hyperfocus & precision. Birdie also snores (loudly), rides motorcycles, & licks cocktails but has awful recall because of her super nose.”

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Place of Birth

Omaha, NE, USA

Current Location

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

From

Nebraska Humane Society, Fort Street, Omaha, NE, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Embark Supermutt analysis

What’s in that Supermutt? There may be small amounts of DNA from these distant ancestors:

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are handsome and intelligent hunting dogs that are also well-suited to life as a loving family pet.

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Beagle

The Beagle is a scent hound and a great family pet. They are known for being affectionate and having loud voices.

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English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are an energetic and loyal companion dog, bred for hunting but also popular among families.

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Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are widely adored, short-legged and long-bodied hunting dogs that are considered great family companions.

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

0.3 % LOW

Predicted Adult Weight

38 lbs

Genetic Age
45 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Cocker Spaniel
Beagle
English Springer Spaniel
Basset Hound
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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 1/23/2021 changed handle from "birdiemae6" to "birdiemae33"

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Birdie Mae
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Cocker Spaniel mix Mixed Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniel mix Cocker Spaniel / Beagle mix English Springer Spaniel / Basset Hound mix Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniel Mixed Cocker Spaniel Beagle English Springer Spaniel mix Basset Hound mix

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Health Summary

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Birdie Mae is at increased risk for one genetic health condition.

And inherited two variants that you should learn more about.

Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)

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Birdie Mae inherited both copies of the variant we tested

How to interpret this result

Birdie Mae has two copies of an FGF4 retrogene on chromosome 12. In some breeds such as Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, and Dachshunds (among others) this variant is found in nearly all dogs. While those breeds are known to have an elevated risk of IVDD, many dogs in those breeds never develop IVDD. For mixed breed dogs and purebreds of other breeds where this variant is not as common, risk for Type I IVDD is greater for individuals with this variant than for similar dogs.

What is Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)?

Type I Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a back/spine issue that refers to a health condition affecting the discs that act as cushions between vertebrae. With Type I IVDD, affected dogs can have a disc event where it ruptures or herniates towards the spinal cord. This pressure on the spinal cord causes neurologic signs which can range from a wobbly gait to impairment of movement. Chondrodystrophy (CDDY) refers to the relative proportion between a dog’s legs and body, wherein the legs are shorter and the body longer. There are multiple different variants that can cause a markedly chondrodystrophic appearance as observed in Dachshunds and Corgis. However, this particular variant is the only one known to also increase the risk for IVDD.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, prcd

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Birdie Mae inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

This result does not impact your dog’s health. It could have consequences for siblings or other family members, and you should let them know if you are in contact with them.

What is Progressive Retinal Atrophy, prcd?

PRA-prcd is a retinal disease that causes progressive, non-painful vision loss. The retina contains cells, called photoreceptors, that collect information about light and send signals to the brain. There are two types of photoreceptors: rods, for night vision and movement, and cones, for day vision and color. This type of PRA leads to early loss of rod cells, leading to night blindness before day blindness.

ALT Activity

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Birdie Mae inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

Birdie Mae has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that Birdie Mae has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and Birdie Mae is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in Birdie Mae’s ALT activity could be evidence of liver damage, even if it is within normal limits by standard ALT reference ranges.

What is ALT Activity?

Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is a clinical tool that can be used by veterinarians to better monitor liver health. This result is not associated with liver disease. ALT is one of several values veterinarians measure on routine blood work to evaluate the liver. It is a naturally occurring enzyme located in liver cells that helps break down protein. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, ALT is released into the bloodstream.

Breed-Relevant Genetic Conditions

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Factor VII Deficiency

Identified in Beagles

Thrombopathia

Identified in Basset Hounds

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency

Identified in Beagles

X-linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, X-SCID

Identified in Basset Hounds

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, crd4/cord1

Identified in Beagles and English Springer Spaniels

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Identified in Beagles

Congenital Stationary Night Blindness

Identified in Beagles

Familial Nephropathy

Identified in Cocker Spaniels

Canine Fucosidosis

Identified in English Springer Spaniels

Glycogen storage disease Type VII, Phosphofructokinase Deficiency, PFK Deficiency

Identified in Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels

Neonatal Cerebellar Cortical Degeneration

Identified in Beagles

Shaking Puppy Syndrome

Identified in English Springer Spaniels

Acral Mutilation Syndrome

Identified in Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels

Long QT Syndrome

Identified in English Springer Spaniels

Exercise-Induced Collapse, EIC

Identified in Cocker Spaniels

Hypocatalasia, Acatalasemia

Identified in Beagles

Cobalamin Malabsorption

Identified in Beagles

Musladin-Lueke Syndrome, MLS

Identified in Beagles

Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Identified in Beagles

Additional Genetic Conditions

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Through Birdie Mae’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

C1

Haplotype

C7/10

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C1

Birdie Mae’s Haplogroup

Congratulations, C1 is a very exotic female lineage! It is more closely associated with maternal lineages found in wolves, foxes and jackals than with other dog lineages. So it seems dogs in this group have a common male dog ancestor who, many thousands of years ago, mated with a female wolf! This is not a common lineage in any breed, though a good number of German Shepherds and Doberman Pinchers are C1. It is also found in breeds as diverse as Peruvian Inca Orchids and Pekingese; it is rarely found amongst Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Siberian Huskies, or Cocker Spaniels. Despite its fascinating origins, it is widely distributed around the globe, and even shows up frequently among Peruvian village dogs. It almost certainly survived at low frequency in Europe for millennia and then was dispersed outside of Europe by colonialism, though not as successfully as some other lineages.

C7/10

Birdie Mae’s Haplotype

Part of the C1 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most commonly in Pekingese, Boston Terriers, and Rat Terriers.

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The C1 maternal line is commonly found in Jackals.

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

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