New research suggests that a dog’s breed is a “poor predictor” of its behavior.
The findings “challenge current assumptions surrounding dog breed stereotypes – notions used to explain why some breeds are more aggressive, obedient, or affectionate than others,” according to a press release from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are based on a genetic study involving more than 2,000 dogs, paired with 200,000 answers from dog owners on related surveys.
The research was conducted by researchers from the UMass Chan Medical School and Arizona State University. It was published in a recent issue of the journal Science.
“Using a really powerful model, these findings provide compelling support for the fact that complex traits, like behavior or personality, may have some genetic contribution, but that contribution is distributed across so many genes with really tiny effects,” said Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Assistant Professor Noah Snyder-Mackler, who contributed to the study, in an ASU press release.
A man in Colorado is the first human in the U.S. to test positive for bird flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
The case comes as the H5N1 bird influenza tears through the U.S., posing a low risk to humans while leading to the deaths of millions of birds. Some of the birds have died from the disease, but the vast majority of them are being culled to curb the spread.
The patient, who is younger than 40, was involved in the culling of presumptively infected poultry at a commercial farm in Colorado's Montrose County, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He is an inmate at a state correctional facility in Delta County and was working with poultry as part of a pre-release employment program.
Members of the response team were all given personal protective equipment while working on the farm, and the affected flock has been euthanized.
The patient has since recovered after reporting fatigue that lasted a few days as his only symptom. He was treated with oseltamivir, an antiviral influenza medication commonly sold under the Tamiflu brand.
The virus was detected on a single nasal specimen and could have been present in the patient's nose without causing infection, according to a statement from Colorado authorities.
This case marks the second human case associated with this group of H5 viruses — the first case occurred in the U.K. in December 2021, according to the CDC. The first patient lived with a large number of birds that became infected with H5N1, according to the World Health Organization.
Still, for the general public, the human risk of bird flu remains low, the CDC says. Those who have job-related or recreational exposure to infected birds are at higher risk for infection.
A total of 58,070 birds have been affected in Colorado, according to the latest data from the U.S. Agriculture Department. In Iowa, one of the worst-hit states, more than 13 million birds have been affected.
Gladys Porter Zoo staff are shocked and devastated to relay the news that Martha, a beloved member of the Zoo’s Western lowland gorilla troop, passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday night. She was 32 years old.
Walter DuPree, Curator of Mammals said:
Martha loved to interact with the public. I remember she’d put her ear to the glass, tap and wait for guests to tap back. She was also a proud mom who loved to show off her and her sisters’ babies to visitors.
According to a release from the zoo, Martha was “slow to respond” to her keepers on the day that she passed away. She was being treated for a urinary tract infection but she did not display any sign of something more serious. But a necrospy revealed the cause of her death.
“Upon necropsy, we found that she had multiple organ abnormalities, which, in turn, created a life-ending cascade,” said Dr. Tom deMaar, the Zoo’s Senior Veterinarian. “The cascade began with fibrosing heart disease, which led to renal failure.”
Martha was the last gorilla baby born to the Zoo’s matriarch and patriarch, Katunga and Lamydoc. While Lamydoc and Katunga produced 11 offspring, Katunga was never very interested in raising any of them. Accordingly, Martha was raised by staff and then successfully integrated back into the troop. The zoo said that she was an “excellent mother” to her six offspring.
Rest in peace Martha.
Losing a beloved pet or watching them suffer through an ailment can be a heart-wrenching situation. California-based Embryll leverages oocyte-based reprogramming and animal cloning in creating its newly launch services aimed and extending the lives and youthful vitality of pets. Utilizing decades of research on cloned embryonic primary cells and cellular transplantation, the Embryll team has developed its process to transplant young cells into dogs, resulting in increased vitality and youthfulness.
With the launch of its service, Embryll becomes the world's first cell transplantation service that restores old pets back to their former young state by transplanting 170 types of young cells manufactured using oocyte-based reprogramming and animal cloning technology. These 170 types of young cells include most of the cells that make up the animal body.
The Embryll process can easily be done at an Embryll-accredited veterinarian's office. The veterinarian will collect a tissue sample from the dog and then send it to Embryll's laboratory. The Embryll team will generate a cloned embryo from the tissue sample using cloning protocols. The appropriate cells needed for the patient's rejuvenation are then extracted from the cloned embryo and sent back to the veterinarian to inject the youthful cells into the patient. Because they are grown using the pet's DNA, these generated cells will 100% match the patient pet's DNA, eliminating a chance for rejection or complications while rejuvenating the pet with younger, healthier cells, helping the pet regain its youth.
The foundation of the cloning technology that Embryll relies upon is decades old. But in recent years, advances in oocyte-based reprogramming have rapidly improved cloning efficiency to the point where it is commercially available. Once only something seen in Hollywood blockbusters, rejuvenation through cloning is becoming a reality, and Embryll is taking that next step in the history of reprogramming and cloning technology by bringing it to pets. Currently, Embryll's process is available for use in dogs. The team hopes to extend its services to other animals in the near future.
"Gone are the days when rejuvenation through cloning was only something fantastical made up by a Hollywood scriptwriter," said Diana Rodriguez, Embryll's chief communications officer. "Embryll's future-focused team of researchers and veterinarians has brought the future of cloning and youthful vitality to us today, giving our pets a chance to benefit from it. Now families will be able to enjoy many more years of happiness with their furry friends thanks to Embryll's cloned embryonic cellular transplant technology." Veterinarians looking to become accredited in Embryll process can apply for consideration via Embryll's site.
To learn more about Embryll, visit www.embryll.com.
Dolphins playing with an Anaconda had Sonja Wild, a behavioral ecologist at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Germany, who was not part of the study, skeptical that the interaction was intentionally educational. It’s more likely that the youngsters were observing because they were curious. And because anacondas are strong, Dr. Wild wonders if the snake was injured or dead before the dolphins reached it. Of all the things you might pick up, “this seems a little out of the ordinary,” she said.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of dolphins playing with a large snake,” added Dr. Wild about it, who has observed bottlenose dolphins using shells as tools.
“Play with the snake could be sexually stimulating for them,” said Diana Reiss, a marine mammal scientist and cognitive psychologist at Hunter College in New York, who was not involved in the study. “It could have been something to rub on.”
Researchers who study dolphins are well aware of the animals’ sexual tendencies, such as rubbing their genitals on toys or inserting them into objects.
Much more is known about ocean-dwelling dolphins than about river dolphins, in part because it’s harder to see what’s going on when the river water is muddy. While limited in nature, “these observations are always valuable,” says Dr. travel. “It gives us another glimpse of the lives of these animals, especially in the wild.”
Whatever happened in this animal encounter, it’s not the stuff of children’s storybooks.
The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce that the AKC Diving Dogs Premier Cup will air on ESPN2. The competition will be televised on Monday, May 16th at 7pm ET.
This year’s AKC Diving Dogs Premier Cup, held in collaboration with North American Diving Dogs, took place on April 2, 2022, at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, FL. Dogs from across the country competed in Distance and Air Retrieve, with the top three in each receiving prize money.
“Diving Dogs is a fun, action-packed competition, and we’re thrilled to bring it to ESPN viewers,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary. “The excitement in the air was palpable, and we’re sure that viewers at home will feel it, too.”
The broadcast will be hosted by ESPN’s Phil Murphy, including play-by-play by sportscaster Carolyn Manno and analysis by Bill Ellis.
A Great Dane in Bedford, TX, has been recognized as the tallest living dog by Guinness World Records.
Zeus stands 3 feet, 5.18 inches. The 2-year-old dog now holds the records for “tallest dog living (male)” in the world.
Zeus is owned by Brittany Davis, who received the pooch as a gift from her brother Garrett.
“He’s been a big dog since we got him, even for a puppy,” Davis said, according to Guinness World Records. “He had huge paws.” She’s owned Zeus since he was 8 weeks old.
He gets a lot of attention on walks.
“The comment that we hear most often is ‘Wow, that’s a horse!,’ ‘Can I ride him?’ or ‘Does he have a saddle?'” Davis said. “The answer to all those questions is ‘no.'”
A father and son duo is facing multiple dogfighting-related felony charges after the authorities discovered 16 bloodied and injured dogs at two properties in Lee County on March 30.
According to a release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Pew Sr. and Anthony Pew Jr. were running a dogfighting operation from properties at Aspen Avenue S. and W. 9th Street in Lehigh Acres.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno commented on the case, which is one of the largest dogfighting busts in the count, describing the conditions the dogs were found in:
“These dogs were being kept in deplorable conditions, locked in cages filled with urine and feces. Many were found malnourished and had open wounds.”
Individuals who participate in the dark underworld of dogfighting do it for one reason – the love of money, at any cost. Dogs are forced to maim and kill, and if they fail in their mission, they are typically destroyed. The bodies of the dogs found at these properties reveal the brutality that they were subjected to.
According to the authorities, the dogs received veterinary care at the local animal control agency, and some of them still require “constant medical care.”
Anthony Pew Sr. and Anthony Pew Jr. are facing a slew of felony charges. Pew Sr. is charged with seven cases of dogfighting or baiting, and one count of animal torture causing serious physical injury or death. Pew Jr. is charged with five counts of dogfighting or baiting. According to the Lehigh County Citizen, Pew Sr. is no stranger to dogfighting…he was arrested for dogfighting/baiting back in 2006.
For more information and to sign a petition got to animalvictory.org
Over 200 breeds and varieties of dogs will assemble at the historic Lyndhurst Estate for the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan® on June 18-22, 2022. The show is set to return to Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, NY, for the second year in a row after surging cases of COVID-19 resulted in delaying the event’s original January date.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will welcome two newly AKC-recognized breeds to the famed event - the Mudi and Russian Toy. Dog enthusiasts will see 209 of the 211 recognized breeds represented at this year’s show. The largest Westminster entries by breed are Golden Retrievers (70), Labrador Retrievers (49), Pugs (46), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), and French Bulldogs (41). Westminster will celebrate new breed entries, Mudik (10) and Russian Toys (4), as part of the 19.5 hours of live FOX Sports television coverage culminating with Best in Show on Wednesday, June 22, on FS1.
New for 2022, FOX Deportes will also simulcast live coverage of the Group and Best in Show competitions. FOX Deportes is the longest-running Spanish-language sports network in the country and is available in nearly twenty million homes. Additionally, the telecasts will air again in Canada on the Sportsnet family of networks. For all television and streaming coverage, click here.
Westminster Week exhibits nearly 3,500 dogs in three different competitions. The week kicks off with the 9th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Presented by Purina Pro Plan® on Saturday, June 18, followed by the 7th Annual Masters Obedience Championship on Monday, June 20. The breed competitions will take place on Monday (Hound and Herding), Tuesday (Toy, Non-Sporting, and Terrier), and Wednesday (Sporting and Working), June 20-22. The Group judging, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Best in Show will be held on the evenings of June 21-22. For the full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the show, visit westminsterkennelclub.org.
The 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday-Wednesday, June 20-22, 2022 / Tarrytown, NY
The states with the most dogs in the competition are New York (260), Pennsylvania (234), Florida (210), California (194), followed by Texas (172) and New Jersey (163). There are 78 international entries across nine countries, topped by Canada (58), Japan (8), and South Korea (3).
Dog Show Breed Entries by Group
Sporting (558): Barbets (10), Brittanys (17), Lagotti Romagnoli (2), Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes (6), Pointers (22), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (28), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (7), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (19), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (7), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (27), Retrievers (Golden) (70), Retrievers (Labrador) (49), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (24), Setters (English) (24), Setters (Gordon) (16), Setters (Irish) (20), Setters (Irish Red and White) (10), Spaniels (American Water) (3), Spaniels (Boykin) (10), Spaniels (Clumber) (11), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (11), Spaniels (Cocker) A.S.C.O.B. (13), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (10), Spaniels (English Cocker) (13), Spaniels (English Springer) (23), Spaniels (Field) (11), Spaniels (Irish Water) (8), Spaniels (Sussex) (14), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (8), Spinoni Italiani (5), Vizslas (29), Weimaraners (13), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (10), Wirehaired Vizslas (8).
Hound (442): Afghan Hounds (24), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (7), Azawakhs (4), Basenjis (23), Basset Hounds (12), Beagles, Not Exceeding 13 In. (10), Beagles, Over 13 In. But Not Exceeding 15 In. (17), Black and Tan Coonhounds (7), Bloodhounds (9), Bluetick Coonhounds (3), Borzois (29), Cirnechi dell'Etna (9), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (25), Dachshunds (Smooth) (23), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (12), English Foxhounds (3), Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens (3), Greyhounds (5), Harriers (2), Ibizan Hounds (15), Irish Wolfhounds (11), Norwegian Elkhounds (6), Otterhounds (6), Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens (13), Pharaoh Hounds (16), Plott Hounds (6), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (13), Redbone Coonhounds (7), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Salukis (19), Scottish Deerhounds (14), Sloughis (3), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (4), Whippets (37).
Working (483): Akitas (14), Alaskan Malamutes (19), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (7), Bernese Mountain Dogs (26), Black Russian Terriers (8), Boerboels (5), Boxers (19), Bullmastiffs (32), Cane Corsos (19), Chinooks (1), Doberman Pinschers (35), Dogo Argentinos (7), Dogues de Bordeaux (15), German Pinschers (5), Giant Schnauzers (12), Great Danes (28), Great Pyrenees (14), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (24), Komondorok (4), Kuvaszok (4), Leonbergers (20), Mastiffs (14), Neapolitan Mastiffs (5), Newfoundlands (21), Portuguese Water Dogs (21), Rottweilers (30), Saint Bernards (6), Samoyeds (26), Siberian Huskies (23), Standard Schnauzers (13), Tibetan Mastiffs (6).
Terrier (362): Airedale Terriers (15), American Hairless Terriers (13), American Staffordshire Terriers (12), Australian Terriers (10), Bedlington Terriers (14), Border Terriers (17), Bull Terriers (Colored) (3), Bull Terriers (White) (2), Cairn Terriers (19), Cesky Terriers (8), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (20), Fox Terriers (Wire) (16), Glen of Imaal Terriers (12), Irish Terriers (3), Kerry Blue Terriers (10), Lakeland Terriers (5), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (15), Miniature Bull Terriers (7), Miniature Schnauzers (18), Norfolk Terriers (13), Norwich Terriers (25), Parson Russell Terriers (14), Rat Terriers (8), Russell Terriers (18), Scottish Terriers (16), Sealyham Terriers (2), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (11), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (10), Welsh Terriers (8), West Highland White Terriers (9).
Toy (405): Affenpinschers (9), Biewer Terriers (12), Brussels Griffons (16), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (38), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (20), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (15), Chinese Cresteds (24), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (7), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (6), Havanese (21), Italian Greyhounds (29), Japanese Chin (11), Maltese (12), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (19), Miniature Pinschers (8), Papillons (25), Pekingese (17), Pomeranians (25), Poodles (Toy) (9), Pugs (46), Russian Toys (4), Shih Tzu (7), Silky Terriers (3), Toy Fox Terriers (9), Yorkshire Terriers (13).
Non-Sporting (321): American Eskimo Dogs (6), Bichons Frises (21), Boston Terriers (29), Bulldogs (24), Chinese Shar-Pei (8), Chow Chows (11), Cotons de Tulear (8), Dalmatians (25), Finnish Spitz (3), French Bulldogs (41), Keeshonden (10), Lhasa Apsos (14), Lowchen (10), Poodles (Miniature) (6), Poodles (Standard) (24), Schipperkes (15), Shiba Inu (11), Tibetan Spaniels (21), Tibetan Terriers (23), Xoloitzcuintli (11).
Herding (457): Australian Cattle Dogs (16), Australian Shepherds (37), Bearded Collies (13), Beaucerons (12), Belgian Laekenois (8), Belgian Malinois (20), Belgian Sheepdogs (22), Belgian Tervuren (24), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (12), Berger Picards (18), Border Collies (27), Bouviers des Flandres (7), Briards (11), Canaan Dogs (5), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (23), Collies (Rough) (16), Collies (Smooth) (18), Finnish Lapphunds (9), German Shepherd Dogs (17), Icelandic Sheepdogs (8), Miniature American Shepherds (26), Mudik (10), Norwegian Buhunds (2), Old English Sheepdogs (18), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (14), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (6), Pulik (12), Pumik (10), Pyrenean Shepherds (9), Shetland Sheepdogs (12), Spanish Water Dogs (10), Swedish Vallhunds (5).
Dog Show Entries by Location
States (49): Alabama (24), Alaska (3), Arizona (19), Arkansas (4), California (194),
Colorado (43), Connecticut (143), Delaware (18), Florida (210), Georgia (71), Hawaii (5), Idaho (6), Illinois (74), Indiana (52), Iowa (4), Kansas (11), Kentucky (31), Louisiana (18), Maine (19), Maryland (108), Massachusetts (148), Michigan (62), Minnesota (41), Mississippi (7), Missouri (22), Montana (5), Nebraska (8), Nevada (14), New Hampshire (31), New Jersey (163), New Mexico (7), New York (260), North Carolina (98), Ohio (107), Oklahoma (16), Oregon (20), Pennsylvania (234), Rhode Island (23), South Carolina (49), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (60), Texas (172), Utah (3), Vermont (15), Virginia (143), Washington (97), West Virginia (9), Wisconsin (66), Wyoming (2). Other: District of Columbia (9), Puerto Rico (2).
Other Countries: Brazil (2), Canada (58), Guatemala (1), Japan (8), South Korea (3), Lithuania (1), Mexico (2), Philippines (2), Sweden (1).
9th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, June 18, 2022 / Lyndhurst Estate, Tarrytown
All agility entries will be submitted by the May 11, 2022, deadline. The entry breakdown will be distributed in early June 2022.
7th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster
Monday, June 20, 2022 / Lyndhurst Estate, Tarrytown
There are 23 dogs entered from 10 states, led by New Jersey (8). The top breeds are Border Collies (7) and Golden Retrievers (7).
Obedience Entries by Breed
Breeds (10): Australian Shepherd (1), Belgian Laekenois (1), Belgian Malinois (1), Border Collies (7), German Shepherds (1), Retrievers (Golden) (7), Retrievers (Labrador) (2), Shetland Sheepdog (1), Spaniels (English Springer) (1), Standard Schnauzers (1).
Obedience Entries by Location
States (10): Connecticut (3), Illinois (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (2), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (3), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1).
*** All entry counts are subject to the final AKC audit. ***
For more information, visit westminsterkennelclub.org.