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Since most purebred dogs are descended from a handful of ancestors, the degree of relatedness between mating pairs is often unknown but likely. Researchers will genetically identify the breeding closeness present in the dogs enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and study whether this relatedness is associated with adult body size or litter size among female dogs used for breeding. This information will help breeders to plan matings to optimize the preservation of desirable traits while keeping dogs healthy.

Study ID
D18CLP-801
Study Status
Active
Start Date
03/01/2018
Grant recipient
Embark Veterinary Inc.
Study country
United States
Investigator
Adam Boyko, PhD