is a member of the American Kennel Club and is also the
National Club which represents, protects, and furthers
the interests of the breed and its owners throughout the world.

Genetic Diversity and Health


The following websites are or have articles regarding the direct consequences to the immune system due to inbreeding. Note--geneticists consider line-breeding to be a form of inbreeding as well. In fact they consider nearly all purebred dog breeding to be inbreeding.

This particular site goes into a bit of detail regarding the loss of MHC in Akitas due to inbreeding. MHC regulates the bodies immune system. It MUST be genetically diverse for good immune system function. In Akitas, the one breed which has been checked, they have found only 7 of the possible 32 MHC genes. MHC is Major Histiocompatability Complex.


Here is a whole series of articles regarding breeding and genetic diversity. -- this particular site has some interesting longevity studies


Here are several more websites that are also very interesting:


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