Health & Genetics

Breeding Better Immune Systems

Science has long taught us that infectious agents and the environment can have significant negative impacts on dogs. Besides the deadly viruses we vaccinate against (Parvo, Rabies, Distemper, etc), bacterial infections can cause damage to major organs, impede fertility, and impact a puppy's healthy growth and development.  The emerging science that's developed as a result of sequencing both the human and canine genome now tells us that it's not a matter of 'luck of the draw.'  C.A Sharp's article, "The Rising Storm," as excerpted on Lhasa Apso Club of America's Health Foundation Website, provides a great insight into the DNA code responsible for immunity, and concrete recommendations for reducing the likelihood of immune mediated disease in the dogs we breed.