Myostatin mutation ("bully"-gene)
Whippets are medium-seized, short-haired greyhounds. A mutation in the Myostatin gene has been found which correlates to higher performance in dog-racing. Dogs that possess one of these “Bully” alleles predominantly appeared in the top-racing-class, while dogs with two “Bully” alleles are extremely muscular, but slower when running. Additionally, those dogs exhibit extraordinary physiques including broader heads, accentuated overbite, short legs and thickish waist. Those features and not their temperament led to the name “Bully” Whippets.
The mutation could not be found in other muscular breeds like Boxers or Mastiffs nor in other greyhounds or Afghans.
Trait of inheritance
1-2 weeks after arrival of the sample in the lab
The DNA test is performed out of EDTA blood or buccal swabs. Required swabs can be ordered free of charge. (Buccal swab order-form). If a swab is sent in, possibly the genetic material is not sufficient to run the test. In this case it would be best to send in an EDTA blood sample.
Please send in your sample together with the lab order genetic. Results will be transmitted optionally via post, fax or email. After completion of the test you will receive a separate invoice. Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer.
Breeding club discounts apply if a copy of the membership card is sent together with the respective samples. Due to administrative reasons the invoiced price can not be altered subsequently.