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Sunday, January 20, 2008


I'm more of a cat person, but I'm watching this show on PBS and loving it. I especially like learning what behaviors are hard-wired into different breeds. Some of them look so ridiculous! Ridiculously cute!

NATURE . Dogs That Changed The World . Selective Breeding Problems | PBS
Immune system disease
In autoimmune disorders, an individual's immune system, which normally works to fight off foreign invaders, launches a misguided attack against its own tissues and cells. A number of inherited diseases compromising the immune system have been noted in dogs, including primary severe combined immunodeficiency (a dog version of the "bubble boy" disease) among Basset hounds, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, and Dachshunds. Addison's disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the hormone-producing adrenal glands, occurs more frequently among several particular breeds, including the Bearded Collie, Portuguese Water Dog, and Standard Poodles. Diabetes mellitus, an autoimmune disorder affecting the body's response to sugars, shows up more frequently among Samoyeds and Australian Terrier dogs.

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