Exploring Genetic Diversity in Akita Inu

Originally, Akita Inu is an ancient Japanese hunting breed that has a variety of different phases in its history. Nowadays, there are tens of thousands of Akita Inus, most of them living in the breed's country of origin, Japan. The breed has developed from a small number of dogs. As a result, the breed has a narrow gene pool and therefore, the owners and breeders of Akita Inus share now a common goal to preserve the breed's genetic diversity.

News on New Storage Disease Test for Lagottos

We have received a lot of questions regarding the new storage disease test for Lagottos.
The Canine Genetics Research Group at the University of Helsinki has published today information about new testing possibilities within the ongoing study.

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New in MyDogDNA test panel: Coat Furnishings (moustache and eyebrows)

Coat Furnishings (moustache and eyebrows) / Improper Coat in Portuguese Water Dogs, variant chr13:11659792

Coat Furnishings (moustache and eyebrows) / Improper Coat in Portuguese Water Dogs, variant chr13:11676852

This test is based on two genetic variants whose presence in the dog's genome is strongly associated with the furnishings phenotype.

MyDogDNA 2.0 - New content and more sophisticated reporting system

A year ago we lived exciting times. The MyDogDNA pilot project, the very first dog's genome-wide panel testing and diversity analysis was about to start later in the Spring. Close to 2000 dogs from 50 breeds participated in the analysis. The pilot project not only gave birth to a whole new DNA testing service and platform, but to a whole new forward-thinking community of dog owners, breeders and Breed Clubs. Now, a year later, the second release of MyDogDNA testing concept is at hand.

Quick overview to the genome-wide measured diversity levels in different dog breeds

Ahead of the New Year, we want to provide you with a quick overview to the genome-wide measured diversity levels in various breeds. The brief listing helps you quickly get an understanding of  the kind of differences there may be between the pedigreed breeds in terms of the measured heterozygosity.


The Samoyed takes its name from the Samoyedic people, an Asiatic group of nomadic origins living in Siberia. These reindeer herders bred the fluffy white dogs to help with the herding, and to pull sleds when they moved. In Europe, the breed is known also as Bjelkier. In Russian, the dogs are called Voinaika which means lead or direction dog or guard, hunting and war dog.

MyDogDNA research update: Novel carrier findings in Lagotto Romagnolo, Papillon, Brazilian Terrier and Danish-Swedish Farmdog breeds

Comprehensive panel testing of genetic mutations known to underlie canine inherited disorders offers an efficient and powerful opportunity to screen for presence of mutations across breeds. This enables discovery of previously unreported mutations in breeds that would not necessarily have been screened for the mutations otherwise. However, whether these mutations actually manifest similarly as described in the original breeds requires always further scientific investigation in the new breeds involving clinical characterization of genetically affected individuals.

Introduction to MyDogDNA panel testing of canine inherited disorders and reporting of the test results

Approximately 600 inherited disorders and traits have been described in dogs. Currently, around 160 of these can be tested for due to mutation discoveries made by, and single-gene tests developed by different canine genetics research groups. MyDogDNA provides the first available panel testing concept combined with a research approach that helps breeders and researchers study the presence and distribution of known inherited disorders across dog breeds, while simultaneously providing any dog owner with a possibility to get results for the tested disorders known in their breed.

Ear Erectness - What Is This Test Telling You?

Ear erectness (pricked ears versus floppy ears), variant chr10:11072007

MyDogDNA genome-wide analysis identifies carriers of a known bleeding disorder in Finnish Hounds and Welsh Springer Spaniels

Canine disease genomics progresses quickly and academic research groups around the world have already discovered mutations underlying more than 160 genetic disorders and traits in different breeds. Until today, testing of the known canine diseases has been possible only with separately conducted single-gene tests. Genoscoper Laboratories has, as the first animal diagnostics laboratory in the world, developed a unique genetic panel testing and reporting concept to efficiently and economically test most of the known mutations at once.

Kick-off of a global MyDogDNA Research Programme 2013 at the European Dog Show, Geneva

A warm thank you to all of you who visited our stand at the European Dog Show 2013 in Geneva and showed such a big interest towards the very first MyDogDNA Research Programme, the new MyDogDNA Pass as well as the first truly global dog DNA database.  We were pleased to meet both our existing customers as well as many new show dog enthusiasts! Your useful feedback will guide us further with the development of both the MyDogDNA Pass and the MyDogDNA Breeder, the first dog matchmaking tool built on top of the analysed data.

Introducing MyDogDNA Pass and its reports - Part I: What is the Genetic Health Index (GHI) given by the MyDogDNA Pass?

MyDogDNA Pass is the dogs’ very first genetic health assessment that simultaneously delivers information about the breed disease heritage and genome-wide measured genetic diversity. This comprehensive of an analysis has not been available for dog owners ever before. Given the abundance of the genetic information delivered by one and single analysis, it was necessary to come up with a way that would help the dog owner to get an overview of the dog’s genetic health at one glance: the Genetic Health Index (GHI).

The new MyDogDNA genome-wide testing program is a major step forward in making comprehensive health screening an affordable reality for dog breeders

Prior to now there was one major obstacle to widespread disease testing for dogs: cost. It is very expensive to have your breeding stock tested for genetic diseases one test at a time.

Mixed Breed Dogs Are Not Protected From Breed Disease Heritage

A canine research group, led by Thomas Bellumori, from the University of California Davis has mapped the prevalence of 22 different hereditary disorders using health information from 27 254 dogs from a major animal hospital in the United States. With this huge amount of data they were able to compare the prevalence of some of the known hereditary diseases between different breeds.

No More Spinning the Wheel of Fortune on Dog Health: With MyDogDNA Pass Both Breeders and Owners Will Know What They're Getting

Helsinki, Finland, June 10, 2013 – Today, Genoscoper Laboratories has launched MyDogDNA Pass™, the world’s first genetics-based health assessment for dogs. Dog owners know the heartbreak and often, great cost, of owning a dog with a genetic defect. Specific breeds are noted for defects, such as heart disease, propensity for bloat, hip dysplasia, skin disorders, difficulty breathing, hereditary cancers and many, many more. Owners and breeders alike trust the source of the dog or bitch to supply correct information about health risks.