Diane Jessup Posted August 3, 2017 Share Posted August 3, 2017 Hello! I am a small, dedicated fancier of the cairn terrier. I have always been involved with performance dogs, and that is my interest - not the show ring. I am currently working with a canine genetic company on trying to figure out if there are DNA markers to identify the correct, hard, water proof, coconut-mat type coat which cairns had when first brought to this country. I find that almost all the dogs I see at the shows have fine, thin, wispy hair, the kind that if you run your hand up their back, stays UP instead of falling back down. This type of coat is NOT waterproof, and it also is a haven for burrs. I am at this time running three DNA tests on two of my dogs, one with correct coat, one with the coat more often seen in the show ring, where trimming is desired to "shape" the dog. One is on the L Locus, plus two others. I am having a really difficult time finding serious information on this subject. The CTCA won't let you be a member unless you know two of their members for over a year, and as I live in the middle of absolutely nowhere in eastern WA, that's not going to happen! So, any educational information they have is not available to me. I'm by no means a genetics expert, so things would need to be in "laymen" terms. : ) Is there anyone out there willing to share links on any information about the inheritance of long/soft coat versus short/useful coat? Or who are willing to email with me about it? I certainly appreciate any help on this. I am committed to producing health tested, correct coated, wonderful temperamented cairns! Diane Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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