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Letters from the Front Line:Kathy Bittorf: Richard I totally agree with your speculation. Rather than Little’s theory of the S locus like K Mortensen states been put in old theory that could not be supported scientifically ….Believe in 2006 maybe 2009...miss cellany: As a side note: I have a BC / shepherd crossbreed that is black and tan (with black mask and black shading on the legs and chest) with a white paw and a white star on the chest – so can attest that 1 copy of irish...miss cellany: Is it possible that the parents were piebald carriers, not true irish spotted, and the puppies by chance all inherited the solid gene from both parents rather than the piebald gene? Or are collies, like border collies,...Richard Fortunato: Perhaps the parents aren’t actual Irish spotting (homozygous recessive) but “pseudo” Irish spotting (Heterozygous for dominant “no white” & recessive “piebald”). This way...Jennifer Robinson: Great. Iggies score even better than greyhounds for HD. Why don’t we all outcross to iggies. Oops! The breed is not recommended for families for children because they have fragile bone structure and they are...dorothea penizek: I am familiar with Jess Ruffner. My guru re sighthounds is Dr. John Burchard. I have been openfield coursing several times and have spoken to the sighthound coursing folk. Selection for performance and not for show....Kathy Bittorf: My findings have been believing epigenetics or nutrition as the cause and cure is denial that modern breeding protocol must be adopted.Christopher: Racing. The sighthounds bred for speed have negligible rates of HD. If you ask people like Jess Ruffner about show bred sighthounds, you’re bound to get an analysis which says that show gait breeding is sufficiently...Christopher: I’m entirely skeptical of ANY puppy raising programs. They are all fads, they are all lacking serious scholarship. They all play in to the desire for breeders to DO SOMETHING, anything, to make better puppies....Mac: What’s the current research and cultural belief about the biosensor program in July of 2016? I’m not looking to breed super clandestine Sherlock Holmes puppies, but I am interested in what can be done at the really...Rob McMillin: Just saw this, and while my opinion isn’t quite as savage as yours, I agree with it broadly in that this represents some of the worst tendencies Disney has put on offer. You have to ask yourself WHY fear works so...
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Border Collie owner, breeder and enthusiast. Dog breeder liaison for Genoscoper's MyDogDNA testing platform. Breeding ethics consultant for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumble segment, "Unnatural Selection." Thought leader and advocate for the modernization and elevation of animal husbandry focusing on science-based information dissemination, advancing genetics appreciation, and placing ethics above tradition.