CASTLEROCK'S SPECIAL ASSISTING CANINES, Giant Schnauzer & Swedish Vallhund
herding, live-stock guardian, service dogs.
COTTAGE GROVE - If you drop in to visit Charlene Sayles, don't be surprised if you catch her voluntarily being herded around her kitchen by Gus - a short, stout dog of the rare Swedish Vallhund breed.
But Gus is the first Swedish Vallhund in her 22-plus years of competing in dog shows that Sayles has ever owned.
"Best in breed" indicates that Gus was chosen among the five dogs in his category as best representative of the Swedish Vallhunds - a breed that was brought to the United States from Europe in the late 1980s, and was first included in the show in 2008.
Charlene Sayles of Cottage Grove is a breeder of Siberian huskies and Swedish vallhunds
Alexa is chosen to return to her homeland to refresh bloodline of Swedish vallhunds
The scientists, noting similarities in human and canine ocular anatomy, say that the MERTK gene defect responsible for a recently identified form of PRA in Vallhunds could lead to therapies for other diseases that cause blindness.
They also say in their report in PLoS ONE that a genetic test can be developed to help in breeding Vallhunds. A PRA test is available now for many other breeds to determine if a dog is a carrier of the inherited disease, affected or clear of it, the AKC Canine Health Foundation says.
There are Swedish vallhunds
, Chinese shar-peis and spinoni Italiani.
There are several theories about the origins of the Welsh Corgi and it is possible both may be descended form Swedish Vallhunds
brought to Wales by Vikings in the 800s.