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Katariina Mäki

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About Katariina Mäki

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  • Region
    Europe
  • Location
    Hyvinkää
  • Country
    Finland
  • Current Affiliation
    The Finnish Kennel Club
  • Position / Title
    Breeding expert
  • Interests
    Dog Breeding
    Dog Health
    Genetics
    Education
    Research
    Dog Behavior
    Legal/Regulatory Issues
    Kennel Clubs
    Breed Club
  • Academic Credentials
    PhD
  • Expertise/Proficiencies
    Dog Breeding
    Welfare
    Research
    Statistics/Epidemiology
  • Breed Club Rep; Board Member or Breeding/ Health Committee member
    No
  • Attended an International Dog Health Workshop
    No

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  1. The Finnish Kennel Club (FKC) has finished the protocol and the instructions for fitness (walk) testing of breeding dogs in brachycephalic breeds. The test is similar to the one used by the Dutch Kennel Club. Finnish test instructions have been developed by veterinarians doing research on BOAS. Their results concerning the Bulldog have already been published. The researchers are still continuing their research and testing Pugs and French Bulldogs, whose results will be published later. According to the Finnish guidelines, a dog gets an approved walk test result if he/sh
  2. Anne, that's wonderful news! Is the test mandatory only in Frenchies? And do all the breeds have the same time limit?
  3. A walking test developed for brachycephalic dog breeds will be adopted by the Finnish Pug Dog Club. The Club has included the test in their requirements for breeding dogs. The requirement of passing the walking test will come into force when tests can be carried out all over Finland. The Finnish Kennel Club (FKC) and the University of Helsinki arranged a news conference and a colloquium for the breed clubs of the brachycephalic breeds earlier this week. Preliminary results on a study examining walking test results on Pugs and Bulldogs were presented. The results showed that the test is ab
  4. In 2004, I got my PhD on the subject 'Breeding against hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs'. My conclusion was that it is possible to breed against these traits and that not much has happened though. The reason was that no systematic selection has in practice been made against these defects. Now, 11 years later, I am glad to see that Finnish breeders have managed to achieve genetic as well as phenotypic gain. St Bernards have also increased their lifespan, as their health has been improving. The Finnish Kennel Club started to estimate breeding values (EBVs) for hip and elbo
  5. Thank you Gregoire for this blog post. This stabilization of inbreeding was visible also in my study on Tollers and Lancashire Heelers, in which the worldwide populations were analyzed and thus no foreign dogs existed. I think that a change in breeding practices could be the reason for the stabilization. It is good to have pedigree analyses for as many breeds as possible, and I congratulate Tom as well, for this well-made report based on a huge amount of breeds and data. But I just cannot keep myself from thinking about all the widely spread, breed-specific hereditary problems. It does not
  6. It depends on the breed. In most breeds it has increased. It varies between 10 % (Finnish Hound, definitely the lowest; an exception in the EBV breeds) to 70 (Flatcoated retriever). Most breeds at this moment about 50 %. For instance Rottweiler increasing from 50 to 60 in a few years.
  7. More on crossbreeding in Finland Pinscher Kromfohrländer Due to interest in my previous post on Instructions for Crosses Between Breeds , I have been asked to provide some more information. At the moment, we have two crossbreeding projects going on in Finland: one in the Pinscher and another in the Kromfohrländer. The crossbred progeny are always registered in the appendix, ER-register, for three generations. From the 4th generation onward the progeny is registered in the normal, FI-register. The P
  8. 20 downloads

    Report on the project to crossbreed Pinshers with Schnauzers. Report from meeting in Germany 2010.
  9. Katariina Mäki, breeding advisor at the Finnish Kennel Club (FKC) has been presenting information in her Blog on the programs and approach in Finland. One of the programs involves the Pinscher, which has been in a crossbreeding program, with Schnauzers, since the 1990s. This report was presented at a meeting in Germany in 2010 : PINSCHER-SCHNAUZER CROSSBREEDING PROJECT is available online or in our Downloads section. In her blog, Katariina carefully acknowledges the risks and challenges involved in crossbreeding, but clearly, many feel that for s
  10. The Finnish Kennel Club has written instructions for breed crossing. The instructions are of help for breeders and breed clubs in planning, applying and monitoring breed crosses and crossbred individuals. This information is presented in The Finnish Kennel Club: Crosses between Breeds on DogWellNet.com in the Breeding for Health section: sub.section Crossbreeding.
  11. This assessment was made for all breeds which have EBVs for HD and/or ED in Finland. They are all included in the Table 2. The improvement has been very slow, and it has not happened in every breed. Could you explain a bit more what you mean with the bias? We of course have the bias that not all the "bad" x-rays are sent to the Finnish KC. On the other hand, there are many owners and breeders who urge to get those results for everyone to see in the breeding database. And this may have even increased during the years. So I would not be very concerned about this.
  12. The English Bulldog Association of Finland (SEBY) and the Finnish Kennel Club have launched an extensive health-promotion project for the Bulldog. Among other things, the aim is to develop an examination that scrutinises an individual's fitness for breeding – and it would be the first examination of this kind in Finland. The chairman of the English Bulldog Association of Finland, Pasi Apajalahti, says breed enthusiasts are aware of the need to improve the health situation of the English Bulldog. Particular attention should be focused on its breathing, build and ability to breed naturally. The
  13. Frequency of canine hip and elbow dysplasia is decreasing in many breeds in Finland. The largest improvement in hip dysplasia can be seen in the Saint Bernard, the Smooth Collie, the Newfoundlander, the Beauceron and the Bordercollie. In elbow dysplasia, the Rottweiler and the St.Bernard have improved the most. Read more about the trends in the pages of Finnish Kennel Club. Also available in our Downloads section.
  14. Finnish registration statistics can be found here: http://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmRekisteroinnit.aspx?Lang=en
  15. New guidelines will be valid from 1.6.2015. The purpose of the cardiac examination is to study the occurrence of heart disease in dogs and to support prevention. The new guideline determines how the prevention is implemented in practice.
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