Methods for Understanding Our Dogs’ Peak Fitness
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by Lily Jackson
2w ago
Farr, Brian, et al. “Functional Measurement of Canine Muscular Fitness: Refinement and Reliability of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center Sprint Test.” Frontiers, Frontiers, 19 June 2023, doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2023.1217201. Summary By: Charlie Clarke  Background: Currently there is no way to reliably measure canine muscle fitness. This makes it difficult to measure the comparative muscular strength of 2 dogs side by side, and difficult to measure a single dog over time as they age or recover from an injury. The purpose of developing the sprint test was to fill this gap in performance measurem ..read more
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What conditions are seen most commonly in primary care visits, and how are they different between mixes and purebreds?
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by Lily Jackson
1M ago
A summary of “Lifetime Prevalence of Owner-Reported Medical Conditions in the 25 Most Common Dog Breeds in the Dog Aging Project Pack,” by Forsyth et al. Forsyth, Kiersten K, et al. “Lifetime Prevalence of Owner-Reported Medical Conditions in the 25 Most Common Dog Breeds in the Dog Aging Project Pack.” Frontiers in Veterinary Science, vol. 10, 3 Nov. 2023. Link (open access): https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2023.1140417 Summary by: Charlie Clarke and Jessica Hekman This study collected user survey data as part of the Dog Aging Project. Its aims were to: Estimate the lifetime prevalence of the ..read more
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How Can We Use Outcrossing to Restore and Maintain Genetic Diversity?
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by Lily Jackson
1M ago
A summary of “Limits to genetic rescue by outcross in pedigree dogs.” by Windig and Doekes. Windig JJ, Doekes HP. “Limits to genetic rescue by outcross in pedigree dogs.” J Anim Breed Genet. Jun;135(3):238-248 (2018). doi: 10.1111/jbg.12330. Link (open-access): https://doi.org/10.1111/jbg.12330  Summary by: Noah Stetson This study used a computer simulation to virtually simulate the effects of various outcrossing strategies using data from the Saarloos Wolfdog breed population. The study found that outcrossing almost never introduces harmful genetics into the population. However, it takes ..read more
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Dan O’Neill, MVB, PhD, FRCVS: VetCompass and Inherited Disease
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by Lily Jackson
2M ago
Dan O’Neill, MVB, PhD, FRCVS is a veterinary epidemiologist who studies canine disorders that have an inherited component – what the rest of us might call “genetic diseases.” He is the author of more than 95 papers, mostly on the prevalence and risk factors of disorders in dogs based on data drawn from VetCompass, the large scale veterinary database and research tool that he co-leads. Dan was awarded the Kennel Club Charitable Trust “International Canine Health Award” in 2021, and is passionate both about the health of purebred dogs and about saving breeds. The post Dan O’Neill, MVB, PhD, FR ..read more
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The FDC’s Stance on Chondrodystrophy (CDDY)
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by Lily Jackson
2M ago
The Functional Dog Collaborative is grateful to Dr. Danika Bannasch for her insights on chondrodystrophy (CDDY) on the Functional Breeding Podcast. The FDC’s stance on CDDY is summarized here. The phenotype associated with CDDY is somewhat subtle – CDDY is not required for short legs. However, the CDDY phenotype is preferred in some populations, and has been selected for. All dogs with 1 or 2 copies of CDDY have premature degeneration of their discs (“intervertebral disc disease type 1”, or IVDD). IVDD increases the risk for disc herniation (IVH or IVDH), which can cause severe pain and neuro ..read more
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Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD: Chondrodystrophy
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by Shannan Skitch
4M ago
Helpful Definitions chondrodystrophy (CDDY) – a genetic mutation that causes abnormal vertebral discs with premature degeneration and slightly shortened legs in dogs. This mutation increases the risk of back pain, including but not limited to intervertebral disc herniation, which can lead to significant pain and loss of mobility. Dogs with this mutation have intervertebral disc disease, and many if not all of them have back pain whether or not they actually have intervertebral disc herniation. chondrodysplasia (CDPA) – a genetic mutation that causes abnormally shortened, often bowed legs in d ..read more
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Breeding for Companion Personalities: Carolyn Kelly, RN and Erica Pytlovany, KPA CTP
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by Nina Ojala
5M ago
Carolyn Kelly is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in human health including in labor and delivery, and in mental health. She also holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Leadership. She runs a mixed breed companion dog program, Old Mission Retrievers. Erica Pytlovany, KPA CTP, is an experienced behavioral consultant at WOOFS! Dog Training Center in Virginia. She runs the Boson Dog Project, a mixed breed companion dog program, with her wife, Laura Sharkey. I got together with Carolyn and Erica to talk about what companion personalities look like in dogs and why they focus their br ..read more
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Introducing two new Functional Dog Collaborative board members
The Functional Dog Collaborative
by Nina Ojala
6M ago
We want to welcome the two newest board members to the board of The Functional Dog Collaborative – our first additions since our founding board! Welcome Nina Ojala. Nina is a skilled developer and the person behind Datacanis, which we are developing into the FDC’s breeder data platform. She is also a brilliant designer – you’ve already seen what she did with our website and our store. Welcome Christina Hargrove. Christina is a lawyer and brings not just legal advice to the table but a clear and effective way of thinking through problems to find a solution that works for everyone. Both Nina and ..read more
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Claire Wade, PhD and Sophie Liu, DVM: The Doberman Genetic Diversity Paper
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by Functional Dog Collaborative
6M ago
This week I’m talking to Drs Claire Wade and Sophie Liu about their paper on genetic diversity in the Doberman breed. Dr Claire Wade is the Chair of Computational Biology and Animal Genetics at the University of Sydney, where she studies canine behavioral genetics. Dr Sophie Liu  is a veterinarian specializing in behavior and the founder of the Doberman Diversity Project, about which she’s spoken previously on this podcast. Both of them are passionate about dogs not just as part of their careers but as part of their lives. They joined me to talk through the findings in their paper, which ..read more
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Examining Cognitive Dissonance in Dutch Dog Owners When Selecting A Dog
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by Functional Dog Collaborative
6M ago
Examining Cognitive Dissonance in Dutch Dog Owners When Selecting A Dog Ophorst, S., Aarts, N., Bovenkerk, B., Hopster, H. Not All Puppies and Sunshine: How Dog Keepers Cope with Dog-Related Problems in Dutch Society. Animals 3, 1038 (2023). Link (open-access): https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13061038  This study explored the coping strategies owners used when discussing dog-related problems in times of cognitive dissonance. The information from this study can help provide information on why owners make certain choices about where to get their dog from, and how people talk about issues when fa ..read more
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