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Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer

Shih Tzu

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Place of Birth

Michigan, USA

Current Location

Omaha, NE, USA

From

Michigan, USA

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Registration

AKC: TS48334508
Microchip: 990000004177053

Genetic Breed Result

Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer

“Morpheus”
Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer

Shih Tzu
100.0% Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

This ancient breed is the perfect lapdog. Sweet and easygoing, they want nothing more than to be close to their humans.

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Genetic Stats

Predicted Adult Weight

11 lbs

Genetic Age
19 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 2/4/2021 changed handle from "morpheusbluedreameratchimera" to "chimerasmorpheus"
  • On 2/4/2021 changed name from "Morpheus Blue Dreamer at Chimera" to "Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer"

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

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Health Summary

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Morpheus is at increased risk for one genetic health condition.

And inherited two variants that you should learn more about.

Prekallikrein Deficiency

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Morpheus inherited both copies of the variant we tested

How to interpret this result

Morpheus has two copies of a variant in the KLKB1 gene and is at risk for prekallikrein deficiency. Please note that Morpheus is unlikely to have any ill effects from the disease: nearly all reported cases of prekallikrein deficiency are asymptomatic. However, please inform your veterinarian that Morpheus has this variant and may test abnormally on certain blood coagulation tests.

What is Prekallikrein Deficiency?

Prekallikrein is an enzyme necessary for the activation of certain clotting proteins. Fortunately, this is a benign blood disorder and is not associated with increased bleeding tendencies.

Degenerative Myelopathy, DM

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Morpheus inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

This result should not impact Morpheus’s health but it could have consequences for siblings or other related dogs if they inherited two copies of the variant. We recommend discussing this result with their owners or breeders if you are in contact.

Impact on Breeding

This result should be taken into account as part of your breeding program. Morpheus will pass this variant to ~50% of his offspring.

What is Degenerative Myelopathy, DM?

The dog equivalent of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, DM is a progressive degenerative disorder of the spinal cord. Because the nerves that control the hind limbs are the first to degenerate, the most common clinical signs are back muscle wasting and gait abnormalities.

ALT Activity

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Morpheus inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

Morpheus has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that Morpheus has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and Morpheus is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in Morpheus’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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Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I) (FGF4 retrogene - CFA12)

Identified in Shih Tzus

Additional Genetic Conditions

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Coat Color

Coat Color

E Locus (MC1R)
Can have a melanistic mask (EmE)
K Locus (CBD103)
More likely to have a mostly solid black or brown coat (KBky)
Intensity Loci LINKAGE
No impact on coat pattern (Intermediate Red Pigmentation)
A Locus (ASIP)
Not expressed (ayat)
D Locus (MLPH)
Dark areas of hair and skin are lightened (dd)
Cocoa (HPS3)
No co alleles, not expressed (NN)
B Locus (TYRP1)
Black or gray hair and skin (Bb)
Saddle Tan (RALY)
Not expressed (NI)
S Locus (MITF)
Likely solid colored, but may have small amounts of white (Ssp)
M Locus (PMEL)
No merle alleles (mm)
R Locus (USH2A) LINKAGE
Likely no impact on coat pattern (rr)
H Locus (Harlequin)
No harlequin alleles (hh)
Other Coat Traits

Other Coat Traits

Furnishings (RSPO2) LINKAGE
Likely furnished (mustache, beard, and/or eyebrows) (FF)
Coat Length (FGF5)
Likely long coat (TT)
Shedding (MC5R)
Likely light shedding (TT)
Hairlessness (FOXI3) LINKAGE
Very unlikely to be hairless (NN)
Hairlessness (SGK3)
Very unlikely to be hairless (NN)
Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 2 (SLC45A2) LINKAGE
Likely not albino (NN)
Coat Texture (KRT71)
Likely wavy coat (CC)
Other Body Features

Other Body Features

Muzzle Length (BMP3)
Likely short muzzle (AA)
Tail Length (T)
Likely normal-length tail (CC)
Hind Dewclaws (LMBR1)
Likely to have hind dew claws (CT)
Blue Eye Color (ALX4) LINKAGE
Less likely to have blue eyes (NN)
Back Muscling & Bulk, Large Breed (ACSL4)
Likely normal muscling (CC)
Body Size

Body Size

Body Size (IGF1)
Smaller (II)
Body Size (IGFR1)
Larger (GG)
Body Size (STC2)
Smaller (AA)
Body Size (GHR - E191K)
Smaller (AA)
Body Size (GHR - P177L)
Larger (CC)
Performance

Performance

Altitude Adaptation (EPAS1)
Normal altitude tolerance (GG)
Appetite (POMC) LINKAGE
Normal food motivation (NN)
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Through Morpheus’s mitochondrial DNA we can trace his mother’s ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. This map helps you visualize the routes that his ancestors took to your home. Their story is described below the map.

Haplogroup

B1

Haplotype

B41

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B1

Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer’s Haplogroup

B1 is the second most common maternal lineage in breeds of European or American origin. It is the female line of the majority of Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Shih Tzus, and about half of Beagles, Pekingese and Toy Poodles. This lineage is also somewhat common among village dogs that carry distinct ancestry from these breeds. We know this is a result of B1 dogs being common amongst the European dogs that their conquering owners brought around the world, because nowhere on earth is it a very common lineage in village dogs. It even enables us to trace the path of (human) colonization: Because most Bichons are B1 and Bichons are popular in Spanish culture, B1 is now fairly common among village dogs in Latin America.

B41

Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer’s Haplotype

Part of the large B1 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most commonly in Lhasa Apsos. It’s a rare find!

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The B1 haplogroup can be found in village dogs like the Peruvian Village Dog, pictured above.

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Through Morpheus’s Y-chromosome we can trace his father’s ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. This map helps you visualize the routes that his ancestors took to your home. Their story is described below the map.

Haplogroup

B

Haplotype

H15.7

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B

Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer’s Haplogroup

B is a relatively rare paternal line that has only recently started to expand. The dominant lineage among the ancient Shih Tzu breed, it is also found among Tibetan Spaniels. Outside of these two breeds, B seems to be a particularly common paternal line among the village dogs of India and Southeast Asia, though it is found as far afield as Africa and down into Oceania. Considering that it is particularly diverse in northern India, it could be that this lineage hung out mostly in South Asia after the expansion of domestic dogs from Central Asia. Because it is present in Mongolia as well, it may not be surprising that ancient East Asian dog breeds are also part of this lineage. Alternatively, perhaps males representing this lineage headed north out of southern Eurasia, which eventually gave rise to the Shih Tzu and may have inspired stylistic representations of lions in ancient China!

H15.7

Chimera's Morpheus Blue Dreamer’s Haplotype

Part of the B haplogroup, this haplotype has been found in village dogs in Qatar and India. Unlike most other haplotypes within the B haplogroup, we do see this in a select few breed dogs. Specifically, it occurs in the Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel.

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The B Haplogroup is most commonly found the adorable Shih Tzu breed.

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