In the 1960s, Sherlock Holmes himself would envy the fame of the Labrador Yoga from Scotland Yard. The dog could smell drugs even under water. Sergeant Douglas Shearn, who worked with Yoga, had every reason to be proud of his partner. In 1971, an agent reported that a ship loaded with opium was arriving in London. The ship moored, the customs officers went down into the hold and froze. Douglas Shirn, for the time being holding Yoga on a leash, looked down at the mountain of bags:
“Well, and how long will you have to examine all this?”
“About ten hours,” the customs official answered distressedly.
– And Yogi – ten minutes!
Soon the dog was already pawing on the canvas and barking. In the bag was a briquette with opium.
Yoga began to demonstrate his phenomenal abilities at the age of one year and two months, right after he got to Scotland Yard. True, in his youth, he did not know how to restrain the violent temperament inherent in Labradors, and instead of gently sniffing at all corners and crevices, he arranged for a rout. When the young dog was first taken to Continue reading
Dysplasia (Greek. Dys – prefix, meaning a deviation from the norm, Greek. Plasis – formation, formation, dysplasia – developmental disruption). Hip dysplasia (TPD) is a common disease. It was first discovered in dogs in the United States more than 50 years ago. A few years later, it was proved that dysplasia is caused by hereditary factors inherent in many breeds. Hip dysplasia is more common in large fast-growing dogs, which are characterized by a large mass and powerful physique. Both sexes are equally affected by this disease, St. Bernards, Newfoundlands, Molosses, Bernese Shepherds, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Boxers are especially prone to dysplasia. According to statistics, this pathology is widespread, and in the absence of control measures, the frequency of its occurrence can reach 70% among these breeds.
Currently, this pathology is assessed from the standpoint of the integration effect of exo- and endogenous factors, Continue reading
In most dogs, disorders are not clinically apparent, but it cannot be considered that apparently healthy dogs are free of dysplasia. Joint pain is manifested only with a severe form of the disease. It should be borne in mind that this pathology can be transmitted through 14 generations. Many countries have anti-HD programs. The main difficulties arise in the diagnosis, a clear definition of the degree of the disease. The only effective measure to combat hip dysplasia in dogs is the rejection of identified sick animals from breeding.
According to various sources, HD heritability ranges from 60 to 20%, but the most extensive studies indicate that it averages 25-35%. When mating defective parents, the probability of getting sick offspring increases by 2 times.
It does not make sense to immediately harshly exclude all sick dogs from breeding – you also cannot Continue reading