Understanding and Managing Genetic Load in Dog Breeding

The term “genetic load” is a fundamental concept in genetics and particularly important for understanding the health of a population, including specific dog breeds. Genetic load refers to the presence of deleterious alleles, or harmful genes, within a population’s gene pool. These can negatively impact an organism’s fitness and are maintained in populations through a … Read more

Tracing the Bloodline Connection Among Male Black and Tan English Shepherds

This short article examines the bloodline connection among 15 male Black and Tan English Shepherds using canine genetics, specifically focusing on their shared paternal haplogroup A1a and haplotypes H1a.29 and H1a.48. By analyzing the DNA test results provided by Embark Vet, we determined that these dogs exhibit a close genetic relationship, supported by their … Read more