ISSR, INC.  HEALTH SURVEY UPDATE 2001

by Tina M. Barber

PART III

 

In our last update we shared some sample (generic) trait worksheets, just to give you an idea of what we were working toward. Since Homecoming, we now have the complete reports prepared by Dr. Padgett, just for our dogs!! However, since George was only able to work with the facts that were presented to him (and they certainly paint a very close picture) I would like to go even deeper into the results, because I know about things that were NOT presented to him. After all, our main goal is to get as clear a picture of where we were (our past), where we are (our present), and where we are going (our future), so take some time to follow those titles as presented here.

To begin with, during Homecoming Dr. Padgett presented us with an in-depth seminar that I feel everyone should watch! It is available on tape thanks to our friends Peter, Virginia and crew, the Canadian film makers ;-) The entire tape is 6 hours long and includes a lot more charts and information then I can possibly present here, but this should give you a small idea of what we have been working on over the past year! After explaining how these figures are tabulated (please see part 1 and 2 of our reports) he presented us with our own chart!!

 GENETIC DISEASES AND GUESSTIMATED CARRIER FREQUENCY 
OF THE Shiloh Shepherd™

No.

Age of Onset

Disease

Mode of Inheritance

Disease Frequency 0/100

Guestimated Carrier Frequency

1

<6 months

Megaesophagus

Und.

0.6

14.2

2

< 1 year variable

S.I. Baterial Overgrowth Syndrome

Und

7.9

40.3

3

<4 years

Basenji Enteropathy

Und

0.3

10.2

4

<9 years

Canine Sprue

Und

0.6

14.2

5

<7 years

Bloat/Torsion

Und

3.6

30.6

6

<8 years

Idiopathic Canine Colitis

Und

3.1

29.5

7

<8 years

Perianal Fistula

Und

0.6

14.2

8

<3 years

Aggressive (temperament)

Und

1.4

20.8

9

<8 years

Hypothyroidism (autoimmune thyroiditis)

R

0.6

14.2

10

<5 years

Addison's Disease

Und

0.3

10.2

11

<1 year

Mitral Valve Disease

Und

0.3

10.2

12

<1 year

Pulmonic Stenosis

Poly

0.6

14.2

13

<1 year

Subaortic Stenosis

Poly

1.4

20

14

Birth

Patent Ductus Arteriosis

Poly

0.6

14.2

15

Birth

Selective IgA Deficiency

Und

0.3

10.2

16

<1 year

Demodicosis

Und

3.3

29.6

17

<9 years

Systemic Lupis Erthematosus

Und

0.3

10.2

18

<1 year

Pancreatic Hypoplasis

R

6.1

36.5

19

Varies

Acral Mutilation Syndrome

Und

0.6

14.2

20

<2 years

Contact Dermatitis

Und

0.6

14.2

21

<11 months

GSD Foot Pad Syndrome

Und

0.3

10.2

22

Birth

Idiopathic Onychomadesis

Und

0.3

10.2

23

<2 years

Pemphigus Vulgaris

Und

0.3

10.2

24

<1 year

Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)

R/Und

0.3

10.2

25

<8 years

Systemic Lupid Onchodystrophy

Und

0.3

10.2

26

<6 months

Umbilical Hernia

R/Poly

7

38.4

27

>1 year

Epilepsy

R/Und

0.3

10.2

28

<12 months

Glycogen Storage Disease

R

0.3

10.2

29

<13 months

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Und

0.3

10.2

30

<1 year

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca

Und

0.6

14.2

31

<3 years

Cataracts

R

0.3

10.2

32

Varies

Corneal Dystrophy

Und

0.3

10.2

33

<3 Months

Crpytorchidism

R/Und

1.1

18.6

34

<9 years

Uroliths (Struvite)

Und

0.3

10.2

35

Birth

Cleft Lip/Palate

Poly/Und

0.3

10.2

36

8 months

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy

Und

0.6

14.2

37

<1 year

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

Und

0.3

10.2

38

<1 year

OCD (FCP/OCD)

Poly

0.3

10.2

39

<1 year

Non-fusion of the Anconeus (UAP)

Und

0.3

10.2

40

<18 months

Panosteitis

Und

13.8

46.6

41

<1 year

Premature Closure Ulna

R

0.3

10.2

42

Birth

Spina Bifida

Und

0.3

10.2

43

<5 months

Imperfect Dentition

R/Und

3.7

30.8

44

<1 year

Overshot

R/Und

0.3

10.2

45

<1 year

Undershot

Poly

0.3

10.2

46

<2 years

Hip Dysplasia

Poly

11.2

44.2

803.5

 During this seminar, he also provided us with copies of some of the articles he had written for Dog World back in 1994. At the end of his four- part series he highly praised what he called the Trail-Blazing Breed Clubs, that were "deeply involved in educating their members about controlling, preventing or eliminating genetic disease"! Of course, by next year we hope to be added to that list ;-)

Those of you that know me, should also be aware of the fact that I don’t like to do things "half way." Although the above chart has done a great job of documenting our situation as closely as data permitted, I know we can go above and beyond that!! When I set up the ISSR data collection system, the only thing I missed was a line for specific genetic diseases. We did list, randomly, things like SAS, Elbow dysplasia, Mega Esophagus, etc. but did not list each and every one of the things that have now been reported. Yes, we are planning to correct this oversight, by starting a collection data base on our VIB list, so that we can continue to collect this information via our Licensed Breeders, as well as working with the TCCP to possibly adjust our present system to also include this data, by adding another line of information!! During my "fireside" discussion with Dr. Padgett I showed him one of our TCCP pedigrees, and to say that he was impressed would be an understatement! <VBG>

Now, let’s take another look at the chart listed above. This consists of all 3 groups (A – B – C) compiled together. That is why I felt it did not show an accurate picture of where we stand at this moment ;( I will explain below, but I do want you to read the chart carefully, and understand the MOST important part …(CF) Carrier Frequency. As per this chart, the statistics show that our dogs (for example) have a CF of 20.8% and that 1.4 pups (per 100 dogs) could be born with Subaortic Stenosis! Worse yet, if you combine all of the various heart defects, like Pulmonic Stenosis, etc. those figures rise drastically!! Just examine the chart and add up the numbers!

Now, for the good news! Despite club splits, politics, etc. I have been privately documenting SAS carefully, and have narrowed the potential carriers down drastically! This is an advantage that only a "breeder" can have, since they receive "inside" info that is often not present any other way! Although a few cases about which I was informed (via the splinters) cannot be honestly documented, and have certainly NOT been added to the above reports, nevertheless ... they too tell a story that we can use to improve what we are doing for the future welfare of this breed! Also, knowing some "inside" information that has never been made public, has helped me to trace back the lines responsible for this problem ... then following the incidence has enabled me to better close in on the specific carriers! I feel strongly that within the next four generations, we can completely eliminate SAS (as well as some of the other diseases listed) from our entire gene pool!

OUR PAST

If you take some time to look at the charts listed below, you should note that in GROUP "A" (dogs that turned one year of age between ’91-92-93) we had a very Large percentage of Normals and only 28% Affected, compared to group B (dogs turning one year in ’94-95-96) and Group C (dogs turning 1 year in ’97-98-99) that only reported 18% and 19% Normals, respectively ;(

Another thing that you should also note is that we had much better ‘co-operation’ in group A (the old timers ;-) than we did in group B (riddled with splinters) while Group C seems to be "coming back" home to provide data! This is a good trend, because I honestly feel that by the time we are ready to release data from Group D, things will look much better again ;-)

 

OUR PRESENT

Now take a moment to look at the next 3 charts that actually list the diseases reported! You may notice that it appears as if genetic diseases are becoming more prevalent since additional diseases are being added to the pie ... but in reality, many of the dogs that have been producing these problems have already gone "over" to the splinters and will NOT be effecting our gene pool any longer!! Nevertheless, if we are not careful, we could be looking at charts that are MUCH worse than these!! So please take some time to ponder the individual groups, as you keep in mind that many of those that should have submitted their information to this study did NOT do so ;( 

 

OUR FUTURE: 

Now that we have spent nearly 2 years researching and working with these formulas, we are all confident that we can improve our odds drastically. The next survey, of dogs turning 1 year between 2000 – 2001 and 2002 will tell us how good of a job we have done. But I would like to give all of you my prediction, based on several facts, listed below. 

A) If you do an honest evaluation of the diseases listed above, you can note that a large % actually fall into the "Immune Deficient" category. Even Perianal Fistulas are considered to be immune related!! We have tried to ‘group" them slightly, but even this chart is incomplete, because Demodicosis and EPI should also be listed under possible Immune problems! Weight loss, vomiting, and Intermittent diarrhea could be caused by many non genetic factors, but it could also be an indication of potential EPI! The same goes for the "other" miscellaneous diseases reported. Some could very well have been influenced by a weakened immune system due to over inbreeding!! I have written some articles about Inbreeding Depression, and other problems associated with too much inbreeding! It would behoove you to take some time to study them!

 

B) Now if you take some time to look at the Matador chart listed below, you can note that we have been very busy adding "New Blood" to our gene pool in order to offset some of the above problems!

As of this time Artus has sired a total of 14 litters, and his son Zorro has already produced 10!! Orbit has also produced a fantastic litter that has just turned one year of age, and one of his sons has already been bred, with more waiting their turns!! This influx of FRESH blood will certainly help to clean up the "pollution" that has been created by previous over inbreeding practices!

 

Click on the chart to view in greater detail.

PLEASE NOTE; None of the pups produced by these NB studs were old enough to enter the data of the last survey, but they will certainly be making their mark on GROUP D!!

 C) Best of all, we have taken some very big steps within the ISSR to stop the breeding abuse that has been happening for too long!! Now that people have such a variety of "fraudulent" registries to go to, we made it a point to tighten up the ISSR more then ever before!! The serious breeders, concerned with the future welfare of these dogs, have joined me on the OSS list to revise the New Licensed Breeders Agreement!! Please be sure to visit our web site! Even if you don’t have a computer – ask a friend, or even the library, to print these pages off for you! Those that have signed the new agreement will be working very closely with me on the VIB list, those that did not sign, will no longer be breeding ISSR Shiloh Shepherds™!! Future new breeders will have to go through an apprentice program, prior to obtaining their license!

Together .. united in our goals to produce the best dogs we possibly can, so that we can expand this gene pool and preserve this breed for generations to come .. WE SHALL SUCCEED!!! 

But we also need YOUR help!! If your dog is over one year of age, and falls into the Group D category, don’t wait .. send in your survey report now!! If you can’t download a copy, call a member of the Genetic Task Force, and I am sure they will be happy to send you one ;-) If we all do our part, we CAN greatly reduce the incidence of Genetic Diseases in our dogs!!!

 Thanks again to our Genetic Task Force!

Pam DymondWeed
Pat Urso
Lyn Segee
Mynde Bunker
Karen Ursel

Genetic Task Force Members:  2006
Pam DymondWeed Corinne Filipski
Pat Urso Lilli Anglin
Katy Schuele Karen Ursel
Jessica Schepler Debbie Knatz (webmaster GTF site)

One of the original members of the Genetic Task Force, Mynde Bunker, passed away on Oct. 3, 2002. She will be greatly missed.

 

 

Other ISSR, Inc. Reports:

Breeding Related:
 
ISSR Registered Litters (by kennel) ISSR Litters born per year (Charts) ISSR Licensed Breeder Matrix
ROM Points Widely Used Studs  

Health Survey (2000) and Ongoing Genetic Task Force Database:

Importance of the health survey
(Summer 2000)

Health Survey 2000
(a word from the Breed founder)

Health Survey 2000 Preliminary Results
(SPRING SSDCA NEWSLETTER 2001)
Health Survey 2000 Final Results
 (Fall SSDCA NEWSLETTER 2001, includes Dr. Padgett's report)
GTF Database
(Reported diseases from 2000 Health Survey)
Ongoing On-Line Health Survey
(IF YOU OWN A Shiloh Shepherd™ WHO IS OVER 1 YEAR OF AGE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO FILL OUT THIS SURVEY!)

HIPS:

Littermate X-ray Program Methods of Hip Certification Shiloh Shepherd™ Hip Ratings

Publications:

Litter Evaluation Program Manual (updated 2010!)

other articles of interest:

Confusion

Real Questions Honest Answers Investigate Before You Invest

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