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Dog Breed Populations
Why Dogs Global?

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Dogs Global Database
If you want to start a database for your breed, you have to realise this is difficult to achieve on your own. It is important that the breed club of the home country participate. Read more via this link: Click Here.
Though preferred it is not absolutely necessary for the breed club of the home country to join. It is essential to have a complete pedigree of the dogs till the current population. It might be possible to obtain this data differently. You can always start with a select group of people or breed clubs that are not the breed club of the home country. Dogs Global is not in service of breed clubs, but is in service of the breed. However, we strongly support collaboration and therefore prefer to give a major role towards the breed club(s) of the home country, if possible.
Dogs Global is the main responsible entity to add the information on dogs in the database. Though we might make use of assistance by people acquainted with the breed, we perform the final check on data added to the database. This includes quality of pedigree data. Though the pedigree is not always the actual pedigree, especially in the past, how to deal with this fact is something we are specialised in. We have a whole range of (automated) checks to maximise the integrity of the information entered. Therefore the genetic analysis based on this information, is sufficiently reliable to find indications how to preserve a breed.
Dog Breed Populations
Avoiding inbreeding is not only enough, it does not help diversity at all! It is counter intuitive but avoiding mating between close relatives has no impact WHAT SO EVER on inbreeding on the long term. The reason is that inbreeding is a genetic phenomenon that is not inheritable. Progeny of inbred parents can be completely non-inbred if the parents are not related. Inbreeding is the result, parents being related is the cause. To avoid inbreeding within a population one must avoid relatedness, or in other words avoid the breed to become one (large) family. This question deserves a longer answer; in fact it deserves a course of its own. We hope we don not leave you confused with this short answer.
The main reason is: the dogs became too much related to each other. The reason for that is that they have a lot of ancestors in common. They are all family. That is caused by the strong selection in the past; each generation only few animals contributed a lot. And this is still keeping on happening. Since every mammal carries a few genetic diseases with them (yes we ourselves included), it is unavoidable that when a few animals dominate the gene-pool, their diseases will also spread. The nasty part is: when they become more common, they will also surface! More and more often carries will be bred and result in two the same recessive faulty alleles in the progeny. The whole answer is a little bit more complicated than this short answer, but this is a major part of breeds becoming ill.
At the moment almost nothing is done to actually maintain or increase the diversity within dog breeds. The most important reason is: you cannot detect which dogs contribute more to the diversity of the breed as a whole. This is what Mean Kinship can brings to the table: it identifies individuals that will help in keeping diversity. Without Mean Kinship, this would not be possible. To keep a population diverse you need to analyse the entire population; you cannot just test two dogs and expect to know what impact they will have on the population as a whole.
Why Dogs Global?
If this is not obvious to you, you probably should not be here.
The problem dogs face cannot be solved by a ‘quick fix’, like we find the right DNA marker or we just have to take care of inbreeding more. Furthermore, most dog breeds are present in different countries. Often those populations are seen as separate, but they are not! Though not the only one, this reasoning is dangerous for the health of the population, if put into action; like importing ‘new’ dogs without knowing their true relationship towards the other dogs.
Breeding is too complicated for just a hobby. Compared to cow or pig breeding, which is done on a very high professional level, dog breeding is not going very well. The consequence is a high incidence of disease in many breeds and a severe loss and continues loss of diversity in all breeds. It is important to realise that the latter is the actual cause of the former. Furthermore, this is not something your, or any veterinarian can solve. Managing a breed with such low diversity and high inbreeding is a next-level population genetic management expertise that only few scientists have thorough knowledge about. This knowledge is applied to provide true solutions for the continues loss of diversity.