Friday, February 19, 2016

Dogs Have 13 Blood Types

That's a lot considering that:

  • Humans - 4
  • Horses - 8
  • Cats -3
  • Pigs -3
  • Cows - 9

About 60% of dogs are either DEA 1.1 negative or DEA 1.1 positive.  In the other 40%, blood type varies greatly.

Is blood type breed specific? Yes and No. A majority of individuals within these breeds have the same blood type:

  • Doberman
  • German Shepherd
  • Rottweiler
  • Great Dane
  • Golden Retriever
  • Greyhound
  • Dalmatian

But other breeds have great variation.

Interestingly, even when blood type is breed-specific in one location, it may differ from country to country. For instance, one blood type exists only in dogs from Australia, primarily in the German Shepherd population.

Scientists don't have an explanation for the many different blood types in mammals, including dogs and humans. Blood types likely evolved more than once, probably as immunity to pathogens. Different blood types may protect us from different diseases.

One of my readers told me that wolves are type AB negative.  I'd like to know more about blood type in the wolf.

 For more information ask your veterinarian. Also, you can read about canine blood types here.

Monday, February 1, 2016

What Breed of Dog are You?

The best dog quiz ever

Take the Gone to the Dogs quiz to find out what breed you are.
When you get to the site, press MUTTSCOPE. Then on the right side you'll see an icon with the words Click here to play what dog are you.  Then press the start button and respond to the questions. 

Dr. Barkman is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.