Webinar- DNA Testing
From the Golden Retriever Club of America Breeder Education Committee - Breeders are being bombarded by 'for profit' genetics companies suggesting ordering panels of tests. And some breeders actually think if their dog comes back as clear, they have their clearances. In this video, Ann Hubbs of the GRCA Health & Genetics Committee explains the differences between clearances and DNA tests and helps you make decisions about what to do for your breeding program.
The Secrecy of Defects In Dogs
George A. Padgett, DVM
Professor in the Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University
The first and major hindrance to recognizing the significance and cost of genetic disease is that most breeders believe that the MAJORITY OF DOGS ARE GENETICALLY NORMAL. This is not the case at all. Aside from what is likely to be the case, if you believe most dogs are genetically normal and you find out your dog carries a defect, whether it's cataracts or something else, you do not want to talk about it because you believe your dog is different (less worthwhile) than MOST dogs. The average for genetic defects in any breed is about 14.