Testing for a long coat can be useful for predicting possible breeding outcomes, which may be particularly useful for those concerned with coat length for meeting typical breed attributes.
The long coat is caused by a recessive genetic mutation in the FGF5 gene.
Housley, DJ., Venta, PJ. : The long and the short of it: evidence that FGF5 is a major determinant of canine 'hair'-itability. Anim Genet 37:309-15, 2006. Pubmed reference: 16879338. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2052.2006.01448.x.
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The HGTD genetic counselling resources index link above and links below provide access to basic introductory articles on genetics, articles on application of genetics in breed health management and advanced work in technical genetics research. Breed-specific information is also available in DWN's Pedigreed Dogs Database.