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2011-02-14 09:30:00

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show is considered the ultimate showcase of purebred dogs. With 2,500 champions, representing 173 breeds, this show offers dog lovers across the United States an opportunity to view the "best of the best" and often, spurs the purchase of a new pet. However, as WKC begins today, Petplan, the nation's leading pet insurer, reminds potential pet parents that the expense of selecting a purebred is not simply...

2010-10-22 00:00:36

Pedigree Foundation honors Muttville Senior Dog Rescue with its Innovation Grant for iMuttville's Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program San Francisco, CA (Vocus) October 21, 2010 Muttville Senior Dog Rescue announces a huge honor in recognition of its signature "Senior for Seniors" adoption program that matches senior dogs with senior citizens. 2010 is the first year of the Pedigree Foundation "Innovation" Grants, recognizing innovative new ideas in dog rescue. Out of 230 applicants, ten...

2010-08-11 13:38:30

Sure, dogs are special. You might not be aware, however, that studying their genomes can lead to advances in human health. So next time you gaze soulfully into a dog's eyes or scratch behind its ears, take note of the length of his nose or the size of his body. Although such attributes can vary wildly among different breeds, a team of investigators co-led by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, Cornell University and the National Human Genome Research Institute has found...

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2010-05-03 11:31:00

New research suggests that Charles Darwin's family was a living human example of a theory that he developed about plants: that inbreeding could negatively affect the health and number of resulting offspring. Darwin was married to his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood. They had 10 children, but three died before age 10, two from infectious diseases. And three of the six surviving children with long-term marriages did not produce any offspring "“ a "suspicious" sign, researchers say, that these...

2010-03-23 09:59:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As millions of Americans take part in our nation's Census this year, one member of millions of households isn't included - man's best friend. That's why in 2010, the estimated 38 million mixed breed dogs in the U.S. also will have the chance to stand up and be counted with the nation's first ever Mars Veterinary National Mutt Census. Mixed breed dogs account for more than half (53 percent) of all pet dogs in the U.S. Until now, their breed makeup...

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2010-02-01 09:15:56

In the new Swedish-Finnish study, published in Nature Genetics, the researchers identified five loci that predispose to an SLE-related disease in Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers. The study indicates that the homogeneity of strong genetic risk factors within dog breeds make dogs an excellent model in which to identify pathways involved in human complex diseases. The results of the study also open the door for further studies of specific T-cell activation pathways in human populations. The...

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2010-01-20 12:05:00

Domestic dogs have followed their own evolutionary path, twisting Darwin's directive "Ëœsurvival of the fittest' to their own needs "“ and have proved him right in the process, according to a new study by biologists Chris Klingenberg, of The University of Manchester and Abby Drake, of the College of the Holy Cross in the US. The study, published in The American Naturalist today (20 January 2010), compared the skull shapes of domestic dogs with those of different species across...

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2010-01-14 12:15:48

Genes are being tested for roles in most conspicuous variations among dogs From the Dachshund's stubby legs to the Shar-Pei's wrinkly skin, breeding for certain characteristics has left its mark on the dog genome. Researchers have identified 155 regions on the canine genome that appear to have been influenced by selective breeding. With more than 400 distinct breeds, dogs come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, fur-styles, and temperaments. The curly-haired toy poodle, small enough to sit in a...

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2010-01-14 08:27:47

Scientists believe they have the answer to why the Chinese Shar-pei dog breed has a wrinkled appearance. In the analysis of ten pedigree dog breeds, scientists have discovered 155 unique locations in the animals' genetic code that may play a role in giving a dog its distinct appearance. In the Shar-pei, researchers found differences in the HAS2 gene which makes an enzyme known to be important in the production of skin. Joshua Akey, from the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of...

2009-12-17 05:55:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- AgFeed Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: FEED), one of the largest independent hog production and animal nutrient companies in China, today announced the formation of a joint venture with Hypor, B.V., a Hendrix Genetics Company, world renowned as a leading provider of superior swine genetics and technology. The new company, Hypor AgFeed Breeding Company Inc., will develop, operate and market a genetic nucleus farm in Wuning, China. Hypor AgFeed Breeding...


Latest Purebred Reference Libraries

Yonaguni Horse
2014-07-04 08:50:57

The Yonaguni is a rare breed of horse native to the southwest islands of Japan, mainly on the island of Yonaguni. It is one of eight horses native to Japan with fewer than 200 horses alive on the island. Although the horse’s exact origin is unknown, it has retained its native characteristics due to no crossbreeding and are a purebred breed. The horse was used for farming, transportation and forestry, but with the onset of technology, it was no longer bred. In 1975, there were only 59...

Tori horse
2014-07-03 13:16:45

The Tori is a breed of horse that originated in Estonia. The first breed type was developed between 1890 to 1950 by crossing native mares with European stallions. The Tori’s quality slowly deteriorated from inbreeding depression found in the 1930s. The Tori was then crossed with Breton Post-Horse stallions to alleviate the inbreeding depression. As a result a larger type of Tori was developed and became widespread. Further crossbreeding was introduced with Hanoverian, Holstein and...

Culling
2013-08-21 08:18:13

Culling is a term used for separating the good from the bad and discarding the bad with the cull being the rejected items. Culling is used to improve the desired group with specific characteristics to improve the group. Culling is used for strengthening a livestock herd and the culled animals are destroyed. When breeding pedigree animals, the culled are spayed or neutered. This prevents the undesirable trait of the animal from being bred with other animals.  Plant life is also...

Mucuchies
2013-06-22 15:36:30

The Mucuchies, also known as the Venezuelan Sheepdog, is a breed of domestic dog that originated from Venezuela. The breed is thought to have been developed after Spanish mountain dogs were brought into the area in the sixteenth century, serving as guard dogs and herd dogs. These dogs were bred with other dogs that may have included the Pyrenean mastiff, the Spanish mastiff, or various sheepdogs. After years of selective breeding were conducted to develop a strong working dog, the Mucuchies...

Cymric
2013-06-11 13:01:15

The Cymric is a domestic cat breed that is often considered to be a color variant or breed variant of the Manx cat, which shares many of its physical characteristics. This breed’s name is derived from the Welsh name for Wales, Cymru, although the cat has no association with that area. The Manx cat is said to have originated from the Isle of Man, although the longhaired Manx is sometimes said to have originated from Canada. Records kept on the Isle of Man show that that tailless trait of...

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