Factor VII deficiency 2010
It has been suggested recently that only clear dogs and bitches are bred from and that carriers are castrated or spayed. . We have to say this is the most dangerous and ill informed idea and as breeders we have a responsability not only to consider the health of our hounds but also to look at the bigger picture. Our place in all this has been well documentated but if anyone looks at the recent litters produced at Kilbourne you will see we have used carriers safely.
So many of genes will be lost never to be retrieved if our carriers are ignored.
There is a good reason for testing as this enables us to continue to avoid affected animals and safely use our carriers, which is a policy we actively follow. This in fact was the advice given by Jeff Sampson the KC geneticist at our Deerhound Club seminar.
It is quite simple if you don't breed carrier to carrier you will not produce a affected animal.
Some time in the future we may have the tests for other health issues and we will need all the genes we can get. We feel this has been an interesting learning curve and when we look at puppies with a view to including them in our breeding programme the result of their factor viid test is never a consideration.
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