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“Bela”
Great Northern Bela Littlemoon

White Shepherd

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“Parents are: Registered with (1) FCI as Berger Blanc Suisse/White Suisse Shepherd AND Bela: (1) FCI as BBS/WSS (2) IABCA as BBS (3) UKC as White Shepherd”

Current Location

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

This dog has been viewed and been given 86 wags

Registration

FCI: FCPR
Microchip: 956000009493908

Genetic Breed Result

Great Northern Bela Littlemoon

“Bela”
Great Northern Bela Littlemoon

White Shepherd
100.0% White Shepherd

White Shepherd

An offshoot of German Shepherds, White Shepherds and White Swiss Shepherds are confident, courageous dogs with the same strong work ethic of their black and tan cousins.

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Genetic Stats

Predicted Adult Weight

60 lbs

Genetic Age
38 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 8/18/2019 changed handle from "greatnorthernbellalitlemoon" to "greatnorthernbelalittlemoon"
  • On 8/18/2019 changed name from "Great Northern Bella LitleMoon" to "Great Northern Bela Littlemoon"
  • On 4/12/2018 changed name from "Great Northern White Bella Little Moon" to "Great Northern Bella LitleMoon"
  • On 5/9/2018 changed handle from "greatnorthernwhitebellalittlemoon" to "greatnorthernbellalitlemoon"

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Health Summary

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Bela inherited one variant that you should learn more about.

And one variant that you should tell your vet about.

Degenerative Myelopathy, DM

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Bela inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

This result should not impact Bela’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

Your dog carries this variant and will pass it on to ~50% of her 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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Bela inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

Bela has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that Bela has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and Bela is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in Bela’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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Multiple Drug Sensitivity (ABCB1)

Identified in White Shepherds

Hemophilia A (F8 Exon 11, German Shepherd Variant 1)

Identified in White Shepherds

Hemophilia A (F8 Exon 1, German Shepherd Variant 2)

Identified in White Shepherds

Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency Type III, CLAD III (FERMT3, German Shepherd Variant)

Identified in White Shepherds

Day Blindness (CNGA3 Exon 7, German Shepherd Variant)

Identified in White Shepherds

Urate Kidney & Bladder Stones (SLC2A9)

Identified in White Shepherds

Anhidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (EDA Intron 8)

Identified in White Shepherds

Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis (FLCN Exon 7)

Identified in White Shepherds

Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII, Sly Syndrome, MPS VII (GUSB Exon 3, German Shepherd Variant)

Identified in White Shepherds

Additional Genetic Conditions

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Coat Color

Coat Color

E Locus (MC1R)
No dark hairs anywhere (ee)
K Locus (CBD103)
Not expressed (kyky)
Intensity Loci LINKAGE
Any pigmented hair likely white or cream (Dilute Red Pigmentation)
A Locus (ASIP)
Not expressed (awat)
D Locus (MLPH)
Not expressed (DD)
B Locus (TYRP1)
Likely black colored nose/feet (BB)
S Locus (MITF)
Likely to have little to no white in coat (SS)
H Locus (Harlequin)
hh
Other Coat Traits

Other Coat Traits

Furnishings (RSPO2) LINKAGE
Likely unfurnished (no mustache, beard, and/or eyebrows) (II)
Coat Length (FGF5)
Likely long coat (TT)
Shedding (MC5R)
Likely heavy/seasonal shedding (CC)
Hairlessness (FOXI3) LINKAGE
Very unlikely to be hairless (NN)
Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 2 (SLC45A2) LINKAGE
Likely not albino (NN)
Coat Texture (KRT71)
Likely straight coat (CC)
Other Body Features

Other Body Features

Muzzle Length (BMP3)
Likely medium or long muzzle (CC)
Tail Length (T)
Likely normal-length tail (CC)
Hind Dewclaws (LMBR1)
Unlikely to have hind dew claws (CC)
Blue Eye Color (ALX4) LINKAGE
Less likely to have blue eyes (NN)
Body Size

Body Size

Body Size (IGF1)
Larger (NN)
Body Size (IGFR1)
Larger (GG)
Body Size (STC2)
Intermediate (TA)
Body Size (GHR - E191K)
Intermediate (GA)
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 Bela’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

A1a

Haplotype

A16/17/99/100

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A1a

Great Northern Bela Littlemoon’s Haplogroup

A1a is the most common maternal lineage among Western dogs. This lineage traveled from the site of dog domestication in Central Asia to Europe along with an early dog expansion perhaps 10,000 years ago. It hung around in European village dogs for many millennia. Then, about 300 years ago, some of the prized females in the line were chosen as the founding dogs for several dog breeds. That set in motion a huge expansion of this lineage. It's now the maternal lineage of the overwhelming majority of Mastiffs, Labrador Retrievers and Gordon Setters. About half of Boxers and less than half of Shar-Pei dogs descend from the A1a line. It is also common across the world among village dogs, a legacy of European colonialism.

A16/17/99/100

Great Northern Bela Littlemoon’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this common haplotype is found in village dogs across the globe. Among breed dogs, we find it most frequently in Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, German Shepherd Dogs, and Golden Retrievers.

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

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