Pictures above and to the left were taken March 19, 2017 during the fun-bumper ending to his training day.
26" tall and 70 lbs
vonWillebrands Type 1 Clear
Neonatal Encephalopathy Normal
Degenerative Myelopathy Normal
OFA Hips Good
OFA Elbow Certified
OFA Thyroid Normal
Echocardiogram (Cardiac) Normal
Coat Color DNA: BbEE (carries brown; does not carry cream/white so he cannot produce cream or white pups)
Moshe was DNA tested by UC Davis. The University identified 33 genetic markers for each dog (66 total genes as there is one gene from each parent per marker). Moshe's genes will be compared to those of other tested poodles, allowing us to choose the most diverse mates for him (He is a great choice for any of our girls). Diversity is said to strengthen immune systems, furthering the improvement of health within our own program and our breed. The University's test also includes markers in the Dog Leukocyte Antigen (DLA) class I and II regions, which regulate cellular and antibody immunities and are carefully weighed in our pairings.
In addition to providing Moshe's marker numbers, the following paragraphs indicate the frequencies of those markers in tested standard poodles.
1) DLA I Haplotypes (proxy of genes which regulate cellular mediated immunity): 1002 (20.4% frequency in Standards) and 1008 (2.4% frequency in Standards).
2) DLA II Haplotypes (proxy of genes which regulate antibody mediated immunity): 2001 (58% frequency in Standards) and 2005 (3% frequency in Standards).
3) 23 out of 33 possible gene pairs are different in Moshe's parents.
4) 22 out of 66 of Moshe's possible genes have a frequency of less than 20% in Standard Poodles.
Moshe's dam is a French import with no known genetic health problems for 6 generations. His sire, Elvis, along with some of Elvis' littermates, were imported from Russia as pups and no known genetic health problems have arisen in any of them. (They are now 9 years old.)
This fact should help the breed tremendously (and add diversity to future Harmony Mountain poodles).
Both of his parents are OFA certified. Click to see the results of his sire's tests and his dam's results. You will note that his dam received an Equivocal on her cardiac test. Click here to read Moshe's breeder's explanation for it. Moshe himself had an echocardiagram (by a Cardiologist) and was found free of congenital cardiac disease. His results are posted on OFA's site.
Moshe has a nice, long pelvis, which provides necessary rear power in a working dog; contrary to the short and somewhat flat pelvis shelves seen in many of today's show dogs. He has many other conformational assets, but working fronts and rears are disappearing in our breed (and in our sport). These are qualities we can't afford to lose. That said, I feel it is important to not only mention their importance, but to reinforce our commitment to considering these assets in our breeding program (with health and temperament reigning supreme in our decisions).