The Buzz About Optimal Selection
In today’s podcast, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn talks with Dr. Angela Hughes, D.V.M., Ph.D., about how Mars Veterinary’s Optimal Selection allows fanciers to select breeding pairs based on scores determined from DNA analysis. Find out how Dr. Hughes lives vicariously through the Tollers and Dandies she’s studied, and learn how dedicated breeders are helping to reduce the risk for disease in 152 AKC-registered dog breeds.
An athlete with movie star looks is featured in today’s Breeder Buzzwords. The Rough Collie has been part of our collective consciousness for nearly a century now. From bestseller list to the big screen, this herder from the highlands found favor with the general public and, thanks to Lad and Lassie, became one of the most recognizable breeds in the world.
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Dr. Angela Hughes Podcast with Pilar
By Pilar Kuhn
Breeding purebred dogs is an artistic endeavor, increasingly dependent on science as its primary tool. The shrinking gene pool of some breeds and the subsequent loss of genetic diversity have created a need to select breeding pairs based on their DNA. In today’s podcast, Pilar Kuhn talks with Angela Hughes, D.V.M., Ph.D., about her work assisting breeders through Mars Veterinary’s Optimal Selection DNA testing. Cutting-edge technology now allows a single blood sample to provide all the information a pedigree cannot. more
Breeders of purebred dogs speak a language all their own. Wherever they gather, at dog shows, seminars or in chat rooms, words and phrases are used that have very narrow definitions. Their usage makes it difficult for a novice to fully participate in the conversation, and all but impossible for the general public to follow along.
Much of the breeder’s language is derived from domesticated livestock or veterinary science. Veterans who’ve spent a lifetime perfecting their own family of purebreds use agricultural and medical terms with confidence. When noted breed authorities get together, the dialog that results can effortlessly span the broadest topics, although the words spoken will often have the narrowest of definitions. more