What can I do to help eliminate genetic disease in the Russell Terrier?
|Terrier owners can CERF and BAER test their dogs and notify the breeder of all results.|
|Owners can submit mouth swabs of both affected and related unaffected dogs to the research study groups.|
|Terrier/Puppy buyers can demand proof that the terrier's parents and grandparents have been ACES tested annually and BAER normal.|
|Breeders can submit families and litters of Russells. This is extremely helpful because each dog may have a different genetic configuration that when compared may help point to the gene that causes a certain disease. Researchers will require many samples to help find genetic markers. Remember to submit new dogs and puppies to the study.|
|Terrier breeders can thoroughly research pedigrees before breeding. They can ask for proof that the breeding terriers are ACES and BAER normal.|
|Breeders can ask that stud dogs and bitches submit mouth swabs to the study groups prior to breeding.|
|Owners and breeders can help by mentioning the research studies to friends and
breeders in e-mail or on discussion groups or in club newsletters
We can make a difference, one terrier at a time! http://myjackrussellterrier.com/research/index.html
Imagine the day when we could
use a genetic marker test to make intelligent breeding decisions. We are
getting closer to that day. Research Groups around the world are working to
find genetic markers in Russell Terriers to eliminate diseases in future
generations of the breed.
These Groups need the support of breeders in collecting DNA mouth samples from Russell Terriers affected with primary lens luxation, juvenile cataracts, and other eye diseases, together with as many of their close family members as possible. The more relationships that are in the study (sisters, brothers, mother, father, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc) the faster the researchers will be able to cross check the genetic linkage to find the responsible genes.
It is very easy to swab the dogs and send kits in. You can write to any or all of the website listed below to order your free kits. Instructions are included with the swabs. Your participation can make a difference and help to save the breed from disease. It is up to terrier owners and breeders to do everything they can to help eliminate these genetic faults.
Sandi Pensinger, California
To order your free DNA kits, please contact these organizations :
Davis University, California http://cgap.ucdavis.edu/
The Animal Health Trust, UK http://www.aht.org.uk/
Cambridge University, UK http://www.cam.ac.uk/
Genetic Science Services, Australia http://www.gtg.com.au/
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