Practical application of genetic testing for dogs; test results inform breeding decisions.
ARTICLE: EXCERPTS: "The availability of genetic tests for different diseases in dogs has increased dramatically in recent years. For breeders and dog owners, the utility and accuracy of these tests are often difficult to assess. Even though DNA tests offer new opportunities as a tool for breeding, they also imply new questions and challenges. The fact that a genetic test is available for a disease in a breed does not automatically mean that the test is accurate or appropriate to use as basis for breeding decisions.
The Scientific Committee of the Nordic Kennel Union (NKU/VK) would like to stress that genetic testing in dogs should be used with common sense and caution."
"NKU/VK would like to emphasize the importance of breeders and/or dog owners carefully evaluating the usefulness and accuracy of a genetic test before it is performed. Only use tests that are properly evaluated and for conditions that are of clinical relevance in the breed."
UK: The Kennel Club
ARTICLE: DNA testing & simple inherited disorders
"Breeding from DNA tested dogs
DNA health testing is one of many resources that can help dog breeders make good breeding decisions. Knowing the health status of your dog allows you to make breeding plans to avoid producing puppies with a specific genetic condition.
Most DNA tested dogs can be used responsibly in a breeding programme, but the decisions you make when choosing which dogs to mate must be informed and carefully planned."
ARTICLE: The Effects of Genetic Testing: Constructive or Destructive?
By Jerold S. Bell, DVM, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
This file contains the following articles:
Pedigree Analysis and How Breeding Decisions Affect Genes
Small Population Breeds and Issues of Genetic Diversity
Popular-Sire Syndrome: Keeping watch over health and quality issues in purebreds
The Effects of Genetic Testing: Constructive or Destructive?
Removing the stigma of genetic disease
Breeding Strategies for Managing Genetic Traits
ARTICLE: Collecting and utilizing phenotypic data to minimize disease: A breeder’s practical guide
By Rhonda Hovan
"A Comparison of Genotypic Tests to Phenotypic Tests"