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“Niko”
AKC CH Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA

Belgian Shepherd

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“He is our first Belgian Tervuren and first performance dog. We are having a blast learning together. He is an AKC conformation champion has titles in herding, agility, rally and fast CAT. He probably loves herding best of all, although playing with puppies and plastic bottles is right up there too! :)”

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Registration

American Kennel Club (AKC): DN42551605

Genetic Breed Result

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Belgian Tervuren

The Belgian Tervuren 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 Tervuren will astound you with its athleticism and versatility.

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Genetic Stats

Predicted Adult Weight

47 lbs

Genetic Age
55 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Belgian Tervuren

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 5/8/2019 changed name from "CH Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA" to "Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA"
  • On 5/8/2019 changed name from "Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly" to "CH Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA"

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Health Summary

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

ALT Activity

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Niko inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

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

Additional Genetic Conditions

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Coat Color

Coat Color

E Locus (MC1R)
Can have a melanistic mask (EmEm)
K Locus (CBD103)
More likely to have a patterned haircoat (kyky)
Intensity Loci LINKAGE
Any light hair likely yellow or tan (Intermediate Red Pigmentation)
A Locus (ASIP)
Fawn Sable coat color pattern (ayay)
D Locus (MLPH)
Dark areas of hair and skin are not lightened (DD)
B Locus (TYRP1)
Black or gray hair and skin (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)
Likely to have hind dew claws (CT)
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)
Larger (TT)
Body Size (GHR - E191K)
Larger (GG)
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 Niko’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

A1d

Haplotype

A11a

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A1d

Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA’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.

A11a

Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1d haplogroup, this common haplotype occurs in village dogs all over the world. Among the 23 breeds we have sampled it in, the most common occurrences include Rottweilers, English Setters, English Springer Spaniels, and wirehaired pointing griffons.

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The vast majority of Rottweilers have the A1d haplogroup.

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Through Niko’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

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A1b

Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA’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

Timberwind's Sparks Will Fly BN RA PT NA OAP OAJ NF OFP DCAT CGC TKA’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, this haplotype is found in village dogs in North America and Africa. As for breeds, it occurs most frequently in Miniature Pinscher, Great Dane, and Poodle.

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Great Danes and Pomeranians have this in common!

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