Rhodesian Ridgeback Longevity Study
Longevity is one of the measures of overall
good health. Recognizing and tracking longevity can help breeders establish
breeding goals. Our breed has been included in the Longevity Study conducted
by Dr John Armstrong and the Canine Diversity Project. This study is to
determine the average lifespan of our breed; as compared to other breeds,
to recognize individual dogs and to track strong longevity within our bloodlines.
The information gathered will be available to breeders and researchers
if the breeder/owner selects that option.
First results are in! Longevity Results
Dr Armstrong of the Canine
Diversity Project has been kind enough to include Ridgebacks in an ongoing
Fertility Study. The information you're asked to provide includes: the
reproductive history of your bitch, any previous health problems, and listing
health testing that has been done. You will be asked to keep a log recording
weight and girth measurements during pregnancy and info on the pups up
to 6 wks.
As our prime objective will
be to establish whether genetic factors contribute to fertility problems,
pedigrees may be requested.
Thyroid Research Database
Members of NGR are raising funds to set up a thyroid research database at
GDC. This database is designed to gather information of the occurrence of
autoimmune thyroiditis in Ridgebacks. We will be looking, specifically, at
TgAA test results and correlate those with the dogs' age, sex, health and
vaccine history, pedigree, diet and environment. All data will be available
to breeders, veterinarians and researchers.
Donations can be sent to:
Next Generation Ridgebacks
2348 N. Sterling Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92404
Checks made payable to GDC. Please note RR thyroid research in the memo space.
or directly to:
Institute for Genetic Disease Control
P.O. Box 222,
Davis, CA 95617
(Please note RR thyroid research in the memo space)
Special thanks to donors:
- Julie Schilling
- Deb Adams
- Kathy Thompson
- Debbie Brower
- Jacque Rex
Mast Cell Study
Dr. London has contacted the Canine Health Foundation and advised them she has a shortage of Rhodesian Ridgeback Mast Cell Tumor samples. Dr. London is the principal scientist studying C-kit mutation in mast cell tumors at the University of California, Davis. This research is very significant and relevant to Rhodesian Ridgebacks as mast cell tumors are the breed's #1 cancer and is one of its top five health concerns. As a result RRCUS has sponsored Dr. London's research for the past 2 years. Dr London has already made significant progress in determining the effects of C-kit mutations on MCT.
If your Ridgeback has any lesions or bumps and your Vet suspects mast cell tumor, contact Carlee Davies BEFORE surgery at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 301-663-1359. She will arrange to have small portions of the tissue sent to Dr. London. All costs are absorbed by Dr. London. Please pass the word to your RR friends. This is extremely important to our breed's research efforts.