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Make Health, Not Show, the Breed Standard

July 2013: Alexandra Horowitz is a professor of psychology at Barnard College and a researcher of dog behavior and cognition and. She is the author of “Inside of a Dog: .” It is now well known both within and outside scientific communities that elements of many breed standards are linked to inherited disorders, sometimes quite […]

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Champion Merles and Grand Champion Merles CKC and AKC

Beauty Comes In All Colors! Merle Champions & Pets

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Merle Strain

Merle Strain George M. Strain, PhD Recent issues of Top Notch Toys have printed dialog about the merle gene, especially relating to its presence in the Chihuahua breed. One particular article (1) cited research of mine (2) with an incorrect interpretation that I wish to correct. In addition, I would like to provide unbiased up-to-date […]

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Merle Deafness in dogs

Prevalence of deafness in dogs for merle allele Strain GM, Clark LA, Wahl JM, Turner AE, Murphy KE. Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA. strain@lsu.edu Abstract BACKGROUND: Deafness in dogs is frequently associated with the pigment genes piebald and merle. Little is known about […]

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Maltese Weight Chart and Growth Chart

Maltese Weight Chart and Growth Chart Please note that this Maltese Weight Chart and Growth Chart is only an estimate of your new Maltese Puppies weight as he/she grown into an full grown adult. There are many variables that can influence weight. Some variables that can influences your Maltese Puppy’s weight are: Food Quality & […]

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Yorkshire Terrier Weight Chart and Growth Chart

The Yorkshire Terrier Weight Chart will help estimate the growth of your Yorki puppy How to use this Yorkshire Terrier Chart: The left-had column of the table gives the age of the puppy in weeks. To determine it’s expected weight when fully grown, weigh the puppy in ounces, look along the line of figure against […]

Pomchi Breed Standard & info

Pomchi General Appearance The Pomchi is a graceful, short coupled little dog with sweet expression, alert and intelligent in attitude. Weight 5 to 12 pounds. Proportion The body is short-coupled with females allowed to be somewhat longer than males. Head is a rounded wedge. Expression Alert, intelligent. Eyes Round, not protruding, set neither too wide […]

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Yorkshire Terrier Breed Standard & info

Yorkshire Terrier Description The Yorkshire Terrier is a small, toy-sized dog. The small head is rather flat on the top, with a medium-sized muzzle. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The nose is black. The medium-sized eyes are dark with dark eye rims. The erect ears are V-shaped. All four legs are […]

Xoloitzcuintle Breed Standard & info

Xoloitzcuintle   Description The Xolo comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature, Standard, and two varieties: coated and the hairless, with the hairless being the more sought after and popular variety. It is very hairless with or without a short tuft of hair on the head and tail. The hairless Xolo should never be hairy, or […]

Toy Manchester Terrier Breed Standard & info

Toy Manchester Terrier   Description There are two varieties of the Manchester Terrier: Toy and Standard. The body of the Manchester Terrier is smooth, compact and muscular. The head is tight skinned, long and narrow, almost flat with a slight indentation up the forehead and a light stop that is visible when viewing the dog […]