Monday, August 6, 2018

The Fast and the Furless: Explaining Newly Recognized Dog Breeds

Two recently discovered dog breeds are being introduced to the American Kennel Club as a newly recognized breed. The first one is the American Hairless Terrier. Just as it name suggests, most of these dogs are bald. This is the result of the recessive gene found in rat terriers. These animals have smooth skin and are usually spotted or brown. Due to this, they are good for those who suffer from allergies. There are some instances where you can have a coated American Hairless Terrier. That happens when one dominant hair gene comes into play. Additionally, there is the Sloughi, similar to a greyhound. It is believed that this breed has been around for thousands of years but was introduced to the United States in 1973. They are born to chase prey for long distances. It is recommended for this reason to keep them in a fenced area. 

I personally am looking for a hypoallergenic dog due to my allergies. When learning about the American Hairless Terrier I cam across this article and figured it would be perfect to learn about and discuss the genetics behind this new breed. I think it is great that allergy suffers can still have a friendly companion.  
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  1. People are always trying to create new dog breeds and as "hypoallergenic" as a dog can be, every dog produces, if not a lot, a little dander. I find it interesting how people can breed dogs to make them how they want them to be with just the right genes!

  2. I agree with Carol when she says that people are always trying to "create" new dog breeds, and sometimes this could be good and safe as more people are becoming allergic to short-haired dogs. However, I think we need to be more careful with breeding dogs and even inbreeding dogs because this leads to shorter life spans and even premature death and diseases for them if it isnt done correctly.

  3. Hey! I find this extremely cool that they can alter dogs genes to be friendly for every person in the world. I hope you get the dog ash, and enjoy him!