Myostatin mutation (Bully gene)

Whippets are medium-seized, short-haired greyhounds. A mutation in the Myostatin gene has been... more
Disease
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.
Breed
Whippet
Heredity
autosomal recessive
Test duration
1-2 weeks after arrival of the sample in the lab
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