Have You Heard? Why some dogs are short and stocky


Dogs with chondrodysplasia have a rare genetic mutation that may also be related to some forms of dwarfism in people.

Source: Parker HG, VonHoldt BM, Quignon P, et al. An expressed Fgf4 retrogene is associated with breed-defining chondrodysplasia in domestic dogs.


2009;325(5943):995-998. [Epub 2009 Jul 16.]

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