Roscoe and Stella's Mom
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Miami, FL
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I saw a Coton at the airport a few weeks ago, and at first glance I thought he was a Hav! However, after petting him and picking him up, I could quickly tell the difference. He was much larger than a Hav, and his hair was definitely "Coton" hair and not Hav hair.
I've met several Lowchen and a Bolognese, and while the differences are slight, they are most certainly there. IMO, 200 years of separation is certainly enough time for the breeds to change enough to differentiate one from another. In people, absolutely not, as there may only be a handful of generations there, but in dogs you can have 100 generations over 200 years, which is plenty of time for slight differences to be bred in (or out).
Tom, where did you get the information that Havanese share no DNA with the Bichon Frise? I have to disagree since dogs as a whole share 99+% of the same DNA - there is less than a .025% variation within most breeds. Heck, humans share 98% of our DNA with Apes and between 75-90% of our DNA with dogs - there is currently an argument within the genetic community about whether the higher or lower numbers should be accepted because some of the genes in common are "garbage genes" that actually have literally no function.
Edited to add that IMO, the Bolognese and TB are the SAME DOG as there is not really an actual breed standard for the TB...
Natalie - Roscoe and Stella's mom, Maddie's part-time mom
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