Sunday 20 April 2014

New dog journal now online

A new journal dedicated to dog genetics and epidemiology, announced last year, is now online.

The great news is that Canine Genetics and Epidemiology is free and promises to interpret the reports for dog breeders and others without a science background.

Thus, in the first issue in a very useful article on The Genetics of Eye Disorders in the Dog by Cathryn Mellersh, we have this abstract:

And then the journal helpfully offers this lay summary.


Actually, the journal is a great initiative and deserves everyone's support.

Also in the first issue:

• "Approaches to canine health surveillance" (Dan O'Neill et al), which explores the strengths and weaknesses of different ways to monitor disease in dogs.

"A novel mutation in TTC8 is associated with progressive retinal atrophy in the golden retriever"  (Louise Downs et al), which reports another mutation linked to PRA in Goldies.

Canine Genetics and Epidemiology is published with support and backing from the Kennel Club. An excellent use of KC funds/resources.

You can sign up for article alerts here.


  1. Some good news! Thanks for sharing Jemima,

  2. I agree that this is a good initiative but the KC really needs to get a bit more joined up in its thinking. On the one hand they are trying to make more simple and accessible complex genetic problems and on the other they continue to keep secret the results of eye tests conducted on the majority of breeds of dogs. Only those dogs in breeds for whom there is an acknowledged problem get their results published in the KCs breed records supplement.
    So because of this my dogs are tested under the European ECVO scheme rather than the BVA/KC scheme because the ECVO scheme results ironically, get published by the KC whereas the BVA/KC results do not. Go figure.

  3. Thanks for posting. Especially liked O'neill et al.. Lots of good material in their references. I'd love to see the findings in those epidemiological studies based on Swedish insurance company data.

  4. p.s. Why post both the Abstract and Lay Summary for the review article on genetic eye disorders? They are word for word the same. BFD. This is a review article and the authors were good enough to write their abstract in reasonably plain English. I doubt you will find many Abstracts that are the same as Lay Summaries when the article deals with new studies in molecular genetics.

  5. Yes it's good I signed up awhile ago and received the first paper couple of weeks ago.

    Im wondering how many diseases could simply be voided with proper breeding practises and open stud books?

  6. Fantastic paper and summary on Canine Genetics and Epidemiology,

    The challenges of pedigree dog health: approaches to combating inherited disease
    Farrell LL, Schoenebeck JJ, Wiener P, Clements DN, Summers KM
    Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2015, 2 :3 (11 February 2015)