That is what this is all about but I was saddened to learn when this marvelous study was undertaken that our Rottweiler breed was not selected to be a participant. Following is a little more about this project being done at the University of Michigan by the same group that identified a marker to copper toxicosis in the Bedlingtons last year.

Here is an excerpt of what they have to say...

"We are looking for litters where once or more offspring has been diagnosed dysplastic by radiological criteria, usually by the OFA. Once the pedigree has been identified, we need to have the cooperation of the owners to collect and return two cheek swabs from as manyu offspring and parents as possible. For the pedigree to be useful, we need swabs from at least one parent and two offspring (one of which nust be affected). As soon as the cheek DNA samples have been collected, we will begin to look for the genes which cause dysplasia. We already have several candidate genes which may be involved and are anxious to see if our ideas are correct. We are able to follow the specific genes from parent to offspring and confirm the association of the disease (in this case hip dysplasia) with the gene's inheritance. If this"linkage" can be shown, we are one large step closer to eliminating the disease from the breed. With breeder cooperation adn the continued support of the AKC, OFA and Morris Animal Foundation, we hope to make progress toward eliminating this crippling disease."

The University is supplying the cheek swab kits and all information will be confidential.

Why am I saddened, because with the high percentage of our Rottweilers that have hip dysplasia, I hoped that our breed would have made an ideal one to include in the study...but ALAS, such is not the case.
Hmmmm, maybe if some of us called and asked it Rottweilers could be included in the study....I wonder if they would take our dogs into consideration... Hmmm I will tell you what...if you want to call them or write to them for additional information and see if we could get them to include our breed in theri study here is who to contact:

Robert D.Dick
Medical Science II M4708
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0618
E-Mail address: bobdick@umich.edu
Phone: 313 763-3530 (weekdays 11am to 5pm EST)
313 764-5499 (Tues-Fri 9am to 11am EST)

HEY..what else do you need, I have done all of the ground work...let me know what you find out.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the researchers chose to use Mastiffs in their study....
I am sure they could use two breeds......