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Saxafrax Wild Rushes Adrienne Que Sera Sera

Borzoi

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    11 months old

“Fennel is my first home-bred keeper and an absolute goofball.”

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Place of Birth

Everett, WA, USA

Current Location

Portland, OR, USA

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Registration

American Kennel Club (AKC): HP59116805
Microchip: 982126058915678

Genetic Breed Result

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Borzoi

The Borzoi is a large, slender sighthound breed from Russia. Elegant and regal, they have powerful builds that enable them to hunt fast-moving animals like rabbits and foxes. Some of them were even used to hunt wolves in their homeland. Borzoi are affectionate dogs and true canine athletes who love to give chase. Because they’re built for speed, many excel at lure coursing.

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Genetic Stats

Predicted Adult Weight

66 lbs

Genetic Age
30 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 5/15/2021 changed handle from "fennel9" to "fennifer"
  • On 5/15/2021 changed name from "Fennel" to "Saxafrax Wild Rushes Adrienne Que Sera Sera"

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Health Summary

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Fennel inherited two variants that you should learn more about.

And one variant that you should tell your vet about.

Hypocatalasia, Acatalasemia

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Fennel inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

Because this variant is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner (meaning dogs need two copies of the variant to develop the disease), Fennel is unlikely to develop this condition due to the variant.

Impact on Breeding

Your dog carries this variant and will pass it on to ~50% of her offspring. You can email breeders@embarkvet.com to discuss with a genetic counselor how the genotype results should be applied to a breeding program.

What is Hypocatalasia, Acatalasemia?

Catalase is important in fighting reactive oxygen species, which can cause cellular damage. Fortunately, many enzymes can break down reactive oxygen species; as such acatalasemia is usually a benign disease: however, some acatalasemic dogs suffer from what is known as Takahara’s disease, where patients have progressive mouth ulcers.

Bald Thigh Syndrome

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Fennel inherited both copies of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

We do not know whether this increases the risk that Fennel will develop Bald Thigh Syndrome.

Scientific Basis

Research studies for this variant have been based on dogs of other breeds. Not enough dogs with Fennel's breed have been studied to know whether or not this variant will increase Fennel's risk of developing this disease.

Impact on Breeding

Research into the clinical impact of this variant is ongoing. We recommend tracking this genetic result and incidence of Bald Thigh Syndrome in your breeding program and related dogs.

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.

ALT Activity

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Fennel inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

Fennel has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that Fennel has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and Fennel is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in Fennel’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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Degenerative Myelopathy, DM (SOD1A)

Identified in Borzois

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Through Fennel’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

A424

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A1d

Saxafrax Wild Rushes Adrienne Que Sera Sera’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.

A424

Saxafrax Wild Rushes Adrienne Que Sera Sera’s Haplotype

Part of the A1d haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in American Pit Bull Terriers, Barbets, and Staffordshire Terriers.

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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 Fennel inherited from her mom and dad? Check out her breed breakdown.

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

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