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“Sylvee”
Sylvaen Spica

Mixed Ancestry

“She is a first generation ITR-registered Tamaskan Dog!”

Place of Birth

Drenje Brdovečko, Zagrebačka županija, Croatia

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Registration

International Tamaskan Register (ITR):
Microchip: 191100002295976

Genetic Breed Result

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Czechoslovakian Vlcak

Czechoslovakian Vlcaks are a relatively new breed of dog that hail from Czechoslovakia. Nearly indistinguishable from a wolf to an untrained eye, these large and handsome dogs are the result of a crossbreeding between a German Shepherd and a Carpathian wolf in the 1950’s.

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Siberian Husky

Bred initially in Northern Siberia, the Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog who is quick and light on their feet. Their moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest their Northern heritage. Huskies are very active and energetic and are known for being long distance sled dogs.

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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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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Czechoslovakian Vlcak
Siberian Husky
Belgian Sheepdog

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 5/2/2024 changed handle from "sylvaenspica" to "sylvaen_spica"

Health Summary

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Sylvee inherited two variants that you should learn more about.

And one variant that you should tell your vet about.

Degenerative Myelopathy, DM

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Sylvee inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

This variant should not impact Sylvee’s health. This variant is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, meaning that a dog needs two copies of the variant to show signs of this condition. Sylvee is unlikely to develop this condition due to this variant because she only has one copy of 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 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.

Copper Toxicosis (Accumulating)

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Sylvee inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

We do not know whether this increases the risk that Sylvee will develop Copper Toxicosis (Accumulating).

Scientific Basis

Research studies for this variant have been based on dogs of other breeds. Not enough dogs with Sylvee's breed have been studied to know whether or not this variant will increase Sylvee'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 Copper Toxicosis (Accumulating) in your breeding program and related dogs.

What is Copper Toxicosis (Accumulating)?

Copper toxicosis is a condition in which affected dogs have difficulty excreting excess copper from their liver. The liver accumulates more copper until it eventually begins failing. Multiple genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of this condition.

ALT Activity

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Sylvee inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

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

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

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

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

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

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

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

Platelet Factor X Receptor Deficiency, Scott Syndrome (TMEM16F)

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

X-Linked Progressive Retinal Atrophy 1, XL-PRA1 (RPGR)

Identified in Siberian Huskies

Day Blindness (CNGB3 Deletion, Alaskan Malamute Variant)

Identified in Siberian Huskies

Day Blindness (CNGA3 Exon 7, German Shepherd Variant)

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

Urate Kidney & Bladder Stones (SLC2A9)

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

Anhidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (EDA Intron 8)

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis (FLCN Exon 7)

Identified in Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

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

Identified in Belgian Sheepdogs and Czechoslovakian Vlcaks

GM1 Gangliosidosis (GLB1 Exon 15, Alaskan Husky Variant)

Identified in Siberian Huskies

Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 1 (KCNJ10)

Identified in Belgian Sheepdogs

Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 2 (ATP1B2)

Identified in Belgian Sheepdogs

Cardiomyopathy and Juvenile Mortality (YARS2)

Identified in Belgian Sheepdogs

Hereditary Cerebellar Ataxia (SELENOP, Belgian Shepherd Variant)

Identified in Belgian Sheepdogs

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Through Sylvee’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

A388

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A1a

Sylvaen Spica’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.

A388

Sylvaen Spica’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Staffordshire Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, and English Bulldogs.

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

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