Join Date: Aug 2009
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I love all dogs, so welcome to the forum. I will enjoy seeing pictures and hearing about your dogs antics.
As for mixed and crossbreeds being healther there is no proof and especially with a new untested breed, it can take many generations before something shows and things are showing up. Goldendoddles are starting to show rates of cancer in line with Goldens and they are not non dander dogs as some breeders claim.
I thought I knew a good bit about genetics of dogs and I do know a good deal about the breed I bred, but there is a lot more science today, things that were thought to be true have been proven and some have proven to be false scientifically. We know that certain colors can have inherited conditions often this is due to the foundation stock, but then their are other things that have nothing to due with color. For instance it was thought that PRA in Lhasa Apso's came from a line of red dogs, this color was a recessive red so many breeders quite that line, today we know that is not the fact, PRA happens when two carriers mate one in four will have PRA and become blind many will carry the gene, yes it happened in the Red but it was not due to color.
The Havanese has been around for a good amount of time, there are many good breeders that are very careful with their line, Havanese are also still a breed that is considered to have few problems when compared to other toy dogs. There is a lot that goes in to producing a good line in any breed of dog, first and for most is the foundation stock, many breeders out there miss that step, there is also the financial ability to scrap stock (find it a pet home) that show genetic problems, some just can not afford or are not willing to do that. Also there is continued education in dog breeding many never took that step. A good breeder has done all of that and yes they can still have a problem but the chances are far less. There are a great many good Havanese breeders out there and it is not fair to say Havanese have many genetic problems.
With new breeds you have to go back past the foundation and look at genetic problems with each breed of dog that went into the making of the breed, you have to look also at mode of inheritance, also it would help if you could study the entire line for each of the dogs used as a foundation, it takes many years of breeding to come up with a "new breed" of dog and many more for genetic problems to be noticed.
Again, welcome to the forum we look forward to seeing and hearing about your dog no matter what breed.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
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