This blogpost, part 2, will go deeper into the pillar genetic diversity.
Genetic Diversity within any species has a natural purpose and that is preservation for the future. Without diversity there will be no life sooner or later. The Dobermann as a purebred dog has long past its self-by date. Breed clubs and breeds go hand in hand, breeds as we know these days would not exist without their clubs. It’s a illusion to think that within the population we will find enough diversity to give the breed a healthy stimuli. Let us be sincere and realistic about it. If through a genetic diversity test a result shows a exclusive gen from the side of the maternal or paternal line, this will never ever be enough. It’s not rare and for sure possible to find some genetic outliers within the Dobermann’s population but still these individuals are inbred. As long we not willing to introduce a new breeding strategy, what includes new blood from outside the population, everything else has less influence at the breeds future health and with this it’s preservation.
Everyone is free to believe what is right or wrong within the concept of breeding for the future, time will tell……..
Let There Be Genes.
Remember I mentioned in part 1 about breeder David Cunningham in this educative video you see some of his breeding progress.
Check Their Genetic Diversity Through Testing.
UC DAVIS Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) is one of the sources you are able to check the genetic diversity from your Dobermann. I believe there are now in 2019 over more than 500 individuals been enrolled. The study has a clear statement and is just a other proof of the breeds status quo.
Quote: The fact that Dobermann lack genetic diversity was unexpected, as it has been assumed that the breed had a divers origin with subsequent know and unknown introgressions with other breeds. Although it can be argued that insufficient dogs were tested, 521 individuals from many parts of the world is a large sampling for a population that lacks genetic diversity. Therefore, it is unlikely that more diversity will be found with further testing, and if it is, it will only be for minor alles or haplotypes. The lack of genetic diversity helps explain why the breed has developed so many heritable genetic disorders. If genetic diversity is lacking, simple delerterious genetic recessive mutations are much more likely to be linked to desired traits and rapidly spread, across the breed by inadvertent positive selection.
This study establishes a desperate need for breeders to search the world for pockets of genetic diversity that do not exist in the present population. Eastern Europe and more isolated areas of Western Europe would be ideal places to search for such diversity. Genetic intregressions with similar dogs may be required, but such outcrossing must be based on sound genetic knowledge and careful monitoring of new diversity to see that is not lost by backcrossing or contained to only a fraction of the breed. End quote.
How much evidence needs a Community to start with a new approach……?
“Inbreeding was once a valuable tool in shaping today’s breeds. As these have now reached a high degree of homogeneity, it has lost its importance and turned into a fatal and disastrous habit.” – Hellmuth Wachtel, PhD
Where There’s A Will There’s A Way !
Years ago I have watched this inspiring video and still it moves me. If you have a heart for purebreds dogs and their welfare just watch and read more about this beautiful project. The Greyhound ( racing type) is by many mentioned as a very good cross option also for the Dobermann, I emphasize with it.
Preserve through education.
Some names in relation to this topic I like to share because they have given me much insight about the Canine evolution in general and the variety within them. Some of them were so very kind to share some information through email corresponding. I appreciated it so much and my intentions was related to more education in the matter of the Canine as a species ( evolution), landraces, purebreds and my concern about the future of the Dobermann.
Edith Gallant (https://dobermann981601186.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/the-africanis-a-genetic-saviour-for-our-pure-breeds/), Vladimir Beregovoy and last but not least J. Jeffrey Bragg. For many of us their names sounds familiar and with it their passion they all have within their own field. Books, articles, handouts, videos and so on full with valuable knowledge and accurate information about breeding dogs and purebreds in the 21st Century.
Let the Dobermann not end up as a product.
The next few years we breed lovers will experience if there comes a immense break through in regard of their future. A breeding strategy what include a worldwide outcross project for the long term. It’s impossible to find genetic diversity, can stress this enough, within the population. Selection has a price and you can only do better if you know better. My search about the fact why the Dobermann is so unhealthy has lead me to many interesting people and their sharings. I can only pass on and hope it will be appreciated.
So far I’m aware of this is the only project (https://www.dobermanpreservationproject.com/progress.html ) in relation to outcross, it include also a Plot Hound if I’m correct.
I’m thankful to Susan Hamilton for her trust that I can share with you some valuable reads. It’s in the eye of the beholder how you will translate them also in relation to the Dobermann, for me they were crystal clear.
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