Thanks to the hard work of the Ameri-Can Stabyhoun Association (ASA) Breeders Advisory Committee (BAC) and collaboration with Stabyhoun clubs and breeders internationally, there is progress being made towards the science of breeding and assisting the worldwide Stabyhoun population.
In 2017, the ASA BAC invited Stabyhoun owners worldwide to take advantage of a special rate for the EMBARK DNA test, and many have responded to the call for action. Our Stabyhoun results will not only benefit the individual Stabyhoun & their owner, each will be added to the Cornell canine biobank.
Unlike other DNA tests on the market, EMBARK uses research-grade chips instead of smaller testing panels, which is creating a research resource that’s never existed before - not just for Stabyhouns, but for many breeds. That data is useful not just to tell owners things about their dogs that we already know, but also to help build the database that researchers need to make new discoveries tomorrow. (Swift, Research Cornell)
The data in this biobank may even help researchers discover and be able to identify genetic diseases that affects humans, as well. With so many similar genes and health issues shared between dogs and humans, medical researchers now have a new tool, the canine genome, for uncovering the biology behind certain diseases in humans. For example, the studies of epilepsy, retinal disease, Type 1 Diabetes, and prostate cancer have been advanced by this new way of looking at correlations between humans and dogs. (Eckloff, Good July 2, 2013)
As DNA data grows with Stabyhoun testing, the Ameri-Can Stabyhoun Association has partnered with the Institute of Canine Biology to participate in ICB's Breeding for the Future program. The mission is for breeders worldwide to come together as a group to address the genetic problems in a breed and implement scientifically sound breeding strategies to improve health and insure sustainable breeding programs into the future. It's heartening to see breeders from the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain involved in this endeavor together.
Producing healthy dogs requires not just the careful selection of breeding animals, but also the management of the genetic health of the entire breed.