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DNA Profile

I recently had a DNA profile performed on Eska by a company called Animal DNA Diagnostics who are based in Cambridge.

DNA profiling can:

• Identify potential breeding stock carrying specific recessive inherited diseases
• Definitively diagnose animals suspected of suffering from a specific inherited disease
• Identify animals which carry hidden trait genes, such as coat colour or hair type
• Perform parentage verification for family groups, where this is in doubt
• Perform parentage verification for breed registries

The process is quite straight forward to perform, they post you out a sample-collecting kit:

DNA Profile - The kit

You then take the kit to your vet who swabbed the inside of Eska’s cheek to collect skin cells. The vet also stamps the relevant paperwork to confirm Eska is who she says she is and that her microchip number and KC registration numbers are correct.

The samples then get sent off to a laboratory and the results come back via email and hard copy in the post.

The results, while I don’t claim to fully understand them, certainly look impressive!

DNA Profile - Sweet Reflection

And the actual DNA profile itself:

DNA Profile - Section A

DNA Profile - Section B

DNA Profile - Section C

DNA Profile - Section D

Please don’t clone Eska using this data :)

Paaawwww….

During her (earlier) puppy stage, Eska was quick to learn the “paw” command, especially as it usually meant that getting it right involved a treat of some sorts.

What Eska has struggled with though, was the ability to raise a paw from a distance. If I said “paw” while standing in front of her, she would offer it right away but if I was outside of paw-range then Eska would simply give me a rather confused look.

After much perseverance though, I’m pleased to say that Eska can now raise a paw from any distance:

2014.05.03.Paw

She seems to have learned now that “paw” means raise your paw in the air, rather than “you must shake my hand” :)