Next to the extensive physical examinations we also conduct DNA research. We have the wonderful opportunities to make this happen so we happily make use of this. It can teach us a lot about things that are not visible from the outside and it can prevent a lot of damage in the future.
For these tests we rely on a laboratory from the USA, Embark. They offer a total package. Almost 200 traits are tested from a cheek swab. After about 6 to 8 weeks the results are sent to you.
In the case of Lucy we even got a personal email with more specific explanation. She turns out to be a carrier of something that normally is not present in French Bulldogs Because the employee and vet from Embark can do a much better explanation than myself I copied the email below.
So Lucy carries a gene linked to a cardiac issue in the Dobermann. In other breeds the gene pops up sporadically but there are no connections known for expression of the disease in these breeds. The gene does not stand on itself, there are other genes involved too to get the disease expressed in the Dobermann. With the explanation from DVM Erin we are confident that this genetic abnormality is safe. Of course we will make sure that partners will be tested and will be ‘Clear’. Just to be safe.
Furthermore Lucy is a carrier of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). Carrier means she will never get the didease herself but she can pass carrier to her offspring. When she is combined to a partner that is tested ‘Clear’ the disease will never express itself.
There are about 175 diseases tested. Lucy tested ‘Clear’ on all other tests. We are very happy about that!
There are also some external features and colours tested as part of the package. This shows that Lucy is a carrier of the pied-gene and that she is capable of producing fawn puppies with the right partner. She also carries the colour Cream. With the right partner she can produce every standard colour.
On Lucy her own page are the testresults are put under the tab ‘Health test results’.