Genetic Variants Affecting Skeletal Morphology in Domestic Dogs

Danika L. Bannasch, Christine F. Baes, Tosso Leeb

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Purebred dog breeds provide a powerful resource for the discovery of genetic variants affecting skeletal morphology. Domesticated and subsequently purebred dogs have undergone strong artificial selection for a broad range of skeletal variation, which include both the size and shapes of their bones. While the phenotypic variation between breeds is high, within-breed morphological variation is typically low. Approaches for defining genetic variants associated with canine morphology include quantitative within-breed analyses, as well as across-breed analyses, using breed standards as proxies for individual measurements. The ability to identify variants across the genomes of individual dogs can now be paired with precise measures of morphological variation to define the genetic interactions and the phenotypic effect of variants on skeletal morphology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTrends in Genetics
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020


  • bone
  • breed
  • Canis lupus familiaris
  • genomic
  • height
  • inherited
  • morphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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