Greetings from Toby's Foundation,

Researchers Get First Significant Hit On The Australian Shepherd

Dr. Edward (Ned) Patterson DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM)
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine has announced “some good initial news. In the last month we analyzed all of the data for the Aussies on the 170,000 marker chip and we did get a statistically significant hit on one chromosome. We are looking at what genes are in the area, and may sequence one or two. This is the only breed that we have yet gotten a significant hit for! This is fairly likely to be real but we will need additional dogs and analysis to confirm.”

Pamela Douglas, President of Toby’s Foundation says, “this is really good news for our Aussies and certainly the most promising news we have received to date for our beloved Australian Shepherd. We are so pleased to learn that Aussies have their first statistically significant hit and are the only breed so far that the researchers have gotten such a hit on. Our efforts are paying off as we work to support the research. Let me emphasize that there is still much to be done. We need your help to continue to support the research by donating blood samples on your dogs and raising funds so we can see this through to finding the causative genes and developing a genetic test for Aussies!”

To make a donation on line please go to or mail your donation to Toby’s Foundation, P.O. Box 7321, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607. Please check with your employer about a matching gifts program. Please donate a blood sample today to Dr. Ned Patterson’s Aussie epilepsy study at the University of Minnesota on your affected dog and your dog 10 + years old that have never had a seizure. For information and forms to submit a blood sample please go to

"Today, February 17th, is Toby’s birthday! He would have been 9 years old. How sweet it is that we get to announce some good news on his birthday! Thank you for your continued support. "


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AussiE-Update Volume V, No. 36
February 17, 2011

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