Windhounds and scientific health research
Windhound is as of yet a small numbered breed.
As soon as it was possible to have DNA parental marker verification
for dogs, ISWS
decided to require DNA parental markers in order to register
puppies of the Silken Windhound breed.
the very long lives of Silkens, many of the breed Founders were
still alive and could be tested when the DNA program began.
Genetic confirmation extending back many generations provides
a totally confirmed genealogy, something that
is absolutely unique to the Silken Windhound
breed and can't be seen in any other dog breed.
has caught the attention of the scientific community.
Breeders and owners are used to and willingly participate in testing
their dogs, making it even easier for scientists to get samples
for their research from more or less the entire Silken Windhound
population, world wide
Davies University in California got wind of the Silken
Windhounds when this breed participated in their MDR1
They were so fascinated that they've chosen the Silken
Windhound to be the first dog breed to get it's entire genome
charted, in their phenome
- genome project. It will be the first total mapping
of a dog breed.
is an old mutation that never caused dogs any problems until some
of our more sophisticated medicines came along.
Silken Windhounds have been part of the research leading up to
the tests for MDR1, tests that many, if not most
Silken Windhounds alive today have done. The tests are not mandatory
but the awareness of MDR1 in the Silken Windhound fancy would
make it virtually impossible to sell puppies if the MDR1 status
of parents were not known.
MDR1 stands for Multi Drug Resistance. The most known effect of
MDR1 is that Collie and Shelties
may die if treated with Ivomec, but the problem
is much, much bigger than that...
Some things can be found both in humans and in dogs. Lotus is
one of them.
of Pennsylvania researchers believe
that the "lotus syndrome" found in
our Silken Windhound population (as well as that of many other
dog breeds) is the same disorder as "fetal akinesia
deformation sequence" (FADS) in humans. Children
with FADS show the same clinical features as the lotus pups, including
the inability to breathe properly. While the exact cause
for this disease is unknown at this time, several
mechanisms have been proposed. We are willing to look at all of
them in Silken Windhounds.
and owners of Silken Windhounds are proud to have been approached
by researchers in their efforts to learn more about not only canine
genome, but also the association of that research as it relates