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Witzn Wild Thing

Sealyham Terrier

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Registration

American Kennel Club (AKC): RN35695507
Microchip: 985141003246475

Genetic Breed Result

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Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terriers are a unique looking terrier from Wales. With their mustache and prominent eyebrows, they are truly unmistakable little dogs!

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 1/25/2021 changed name from "Witzn zWild Thing" to "Witzn Wild Thing"
  • On 1/19/2021 changed name from "Wwitzn Wild Thing" to "Witzn zWild Thing"
  • On 1/13/2021 changed name from "Witzn Wild Thing" to "Wwitzn Wild Thing"
  • On 1/11/2021 changed handle from "witznwildthang" to "witznwildthing"
  • On 1/11/2021 changed name from "Witzn Wild Thang" to "Witzn Wild Thing"
  • On 1/11/2021 changed handle from "witzntbdchunkymonkey" to "witznwildthang"
  • On 1/11/2021 changed name from "Witzn TBD Chunky Monkey" to "Witzn Wild Thang"

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Health Summary

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Monkey is at increased risk for one genetic health condition.

And inherited one variant that you should learn more about.

Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)

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Monkey inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

Follow-up by our experts indicates that this genetic variant is associated with an increase to Monkey’s risk for developing Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I).

Scientific Basis

Research studies for this variant have been based on dogs of other breeds. While dogs with similar breeds to Monkey have not yet been the focus of research studies, our data indicates that Monkey is likely to be at increased risk.

Impact on Breeding

While further investigation is warranted to determine the clinical presentation and penetrance in Monkey’s breed, we recommend taking this genetic result into account when making breeding decisions.

What is Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)?

Type I Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a back/spine issue that refers to a health condition affecting the discs that act as cushions between vertebrae. With Type I IVDD, affected dogs can have a disc event where it ruptures or herniates towards the spinal cord. This pressure on the spinal cord causes neurologic signs which can range from a wobbly gait to impairment of movement. Chondrodystrophy (CDDY) refers to the relative proportion between a dog’s legs and body, wherein the legs are shorter and the body longer. There are multiple different variants that can cause a markedly chondrodystrophic appearance as observed in Dachshunds and Corgis. However, this particular variant is the only one known to also increase the risk for IVDD.

ALT Activity

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Monkey inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

Monkey has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that Monkey has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and Monkey is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in Monkey’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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Primary Lens Luxation (ADAMTS17)

Identified in Sealyham Terriers

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Through Monkey’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

B1

Haplotype

B81

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B1

Witzn Wild Thing’s Haplogroup

B1 is the second most common maternal lineage in breeds of European or American origin. It is the female line of the majority of Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Shih Tzus, and about half of Beagles, Pekingese and Toy Poodles. This lineage is also somewhat common among village dogs that carry distinct ancestry from these breeds. We know this is a result of B1 dogs being common amongst the European dogs that their conquering owners brought around the world, because nowhere on earth is it a very common lineage in village dogs. It even enables us to trace the path of (human) colonization: Because most Bichons are B1 and Bichons are popular in Spanish culture, B1 is now fairly common among village dogs in Latin America.

B81

Witzn Wild Thing’s Haplotype

Part of the large B1 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, and Poodles.

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The B1 haplogroup can be found in village dogs like the Peruvian Village Dog, pictured above.

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

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