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Genetics is of interest not only to breeders but to other IW owners, as research is ongoing to find genes responsible for various medical conditions. Right now we test breeding dogs for inherited conditions to see who's affected, but if we had tests at the genetic level we would be better able to avoid doubling-up on negative traits like a susceptibility to certain diseases.

The Irish Wolfhound gene pool is rather shallow, due in part to its reconsitution in the 1800s and in part to various genetic bottlenecks when breeding was difficult (during WWII, for example). Genetic diversity is one of the many factors breeders take into account when planning litters.

And genetics can be kind of fun, trying to understand coat colors and patterns and other observable traits.

Further Reading

Links provided here provide Irish Wolfhound-specific, sighthound, and/or general canine information relevant to Irish Wolfhounds.

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