I only have one New Year’s resolution: I want to do everything I can to make sure that in the future no dog carrying the dilute (dd) gene will be registered as a purebred Labrador Retriever.
The dilute (dd) gene is alien to the Labrador Retriever. Some people are willing to pay good money for a so-called “silver”, “champagne”, or “charcoal” “Labrador”, which are registered as chocolate, yellow, or black. These dogs are affected by the dilute (dd) gene, and therefore they are not purebred Labradors, so they shouldn’t be registered as such.
Plan Of Action
1. Gathering scientific facts, to prove that the dd-gene is alien to the Labrador Retriever. This shouldn’t be too difficult.
2. Producing proof of the fact that it’s possible to locate the dd-gene in the DNA of “Labradors”. I need to approach VetGen, Laboklin and other laboratories to check this. CHECK!
3. Persuading the Labrador breed clubs to make rules which say that dogs carrying the dd-gene shouldn’t be registered as Labradors.
4. Persuading the Kennel Clubs to make rules which say that dogs carrying the dd-gene can not be registered as Labradors.
Each and every organisation which issues official pedigree certificates, has a responsibility to make sure that the dogs are purebred. In these days it’s easy to have a dog’s DNA tested for colour inheritance, and deviant loci like the dilute (dd) gene. If these organisations refuse to take their responsibility, court cases in different countries might make them change their minds.
It’s going to be a busy year!
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