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GCH CH CH Backwood's Belle Baku CGC TKN HSAS PT HT HCT TDI BN

Belgian Shepherd

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“Baku is a versatile Belgian Sheepdog. A Grand Champion in the show ring, she loves to herd and recently completed her Herding Started Title on Sheep. She has shown great aptitude in tracking and earned a Beginner Novice title in the obedience ring with first and second placements. She completed her Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog certificates. She became a Certified Therapy Dog in 2016, and visited an assisted living center regularly for several years.”

Place of Birth

Malo, Washington, USA

Current Location

Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA

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Malo, Washington, USA

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Registration

American Kennel Club (AKC): DN33617603
Microchip: 075824559

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Belgian Sheepdog

The Belgian Sheepdog is one of the four varieties of Belgian Shepherd, though the AKC distinguishes them as their own breed. This active working dog is renowned for its intelligence and drive. If given the opportunity for plenty of physical and mental exercise, the Belgian Sheepdog will astound you with its athleticism and versatility.

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Genetic Stats

Predicted Adult Weight

43 lbs

Genetic Age
75 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Belgian Sheepdog

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 6/28/2018 changed handle from "gchbackwoodsbellebakucgcbnpththcttdi" to "gchbackwoodsbellebakucgchsaspththcttdi"
  • On 6/24/2018 changed name from "GCH Backwood's Belle Baku, CGC, BN, PT, HT, HCT, TDI" to "GCH Backwood's Belle Baku, CGC, TKN, BN, PT, HSAS, HT, HCT, TDI"
  • On 6/25/2018 changed name from "GCH Backwood's Belle Baku, CGC, TKN, BN, PT, HSAS, HT, HCT, TDI" to "Backwood's Belle Baku"

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Health Summary

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Baku has one variant that you should let your vet know about.

ALT Activity

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Baku inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

Baku has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that Baku has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and Baku is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in Baku’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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Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII, Sly Syndrome, MPS VII (GUSB Exon 3, German Shepherd Variant)

Identified in Belgian Sheepdogs and Belgian Shepherds

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Through Baku’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

A1e

Haplotype

A226

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A1e

Backwood's Belle Baku’s Haplogroup

This female lineage likely stems from some of the original Central Asian wolves that were domesticated into modern dogs starting about 15,000 years ago. It seemed to be a fairly rare dog line for most of dog history until the past 300 years, when the lineage seemed to “explode” out and spread quickly. What really separates this group from the pack is its presence in Alaskan village dogs and Samoyeds. It is possible that this was an indigenous lineage brought to the Americas from Siberia when people were first starting to make that trip themselves! We see this lineage pop up in overwhelming numbers of Irish Wolfhounds, and it also occurs frequently in popular large breeds like Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernards and Great Danes. Shetland Sheepdogs are also common members of this maternal line, and we see it a lot in Boxers, too. Though it may be all mixed up with European dogs thanks to recent breeding events, its origins in the Americas makes it a very exciting lineage for sure!

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Backwood's Belle Baku’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1e haplogroup, we have spotted this haplotype in village dogs in Central and South America and Papua New Guinea. Among the 10 breeds we have detected it in, we see it most frequently in Border Collies, Doberman Pinschers, and Samoyeds.

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Irish Wolfhounds are a consistent carrier of A1e.

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

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