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CH Tikal's Walker ATT FDC CGCA BCAT

Belgian Shepherd

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Place of Birth

Middleburg, FL, USA

Current Location

Middleburg, FL, USA

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Registration

American Kennel Club (AKC): DN62686505
Microchip: 900113001216638

Genetic Breed Result

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Belgian Laekenois

The rarest of the four types of Belgian Shepherds, the Belgian Laekenois is immediately recognizable by the harsh, tousled coat. Like the other Belgian variants, the Laekenois is an alert, hard-working dog with great loyalty and affection toward its people.

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Genetic Stats

Predicted Adult Weight

58 lbs

Genetic Age
26 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Belgian Laekenois

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 10/6/2020 changed name from "Tikal's" to "Tikal's Walker"

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Health Summary

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Walker or White Boy has one variant that you should let your vet know about.

ALT Activity

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Walker or White Boy inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

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

Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 1 (KCNJ10)

Identified in Belgian Laekenois and Belgian Shepherds

Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 2 (ATP1B2)

Identified in Belgian Laekenois and Belgian Shepherds

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Through Walker or White Boy’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

A1e

Haplotype

A246

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A1e

Tikal's Walker’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!

A246

Tikal's Walker’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1e haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most commonly in Boston Terriers, Tibetan Terriers, and village dogs in Mongolia.

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Irish Wolfhounds are a consistent carrier of A1e.

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Through Walker or White Boy’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

A1b

Haplotype

Ha.4/11

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A1b

Tikal's Walker’s Haplogroup

For most of dog history, this haplogroup was probably quite rare. However, a couple hundred years ago it seems to have found its way into a prized male guard dog in Europe who had many offspring, including the ancestors of many European guard breeds such as Doberman Pinchers, St. Bernards, and Great Danes. Despite being rare, many of the most imposing dogs on Earth have it; strangely, so do many Pomeranians! Perhaps this explains why some Poms are so tough, acting like they're ten times their actual size! This lineage is most commonly found in working dogs, in particular guard dogs. With origins in Europe, it spread widely across other regions as Europeans took their dogs across the world.

Ha.4/11

Tikal's Walker’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in mixed breed dogs.

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Great Danes and Pomeranians have this in common!

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