About two weeks ago I posted here an open letter written by a group of canine geneticists to Poodle breeders, and especially those in Canada who are considering whether parti-colored dogs should be eligible to show in conformation.
We've entered a new age in genetics, and new information is coming out thick and fast in a language that isn't familiar to the average dog breeder. When this information produces significant new insights into the biology of dogs or a particular a breed, it is important that it be communicated effectively to dog breeders and with whatever additional background or expertise might be necessary to ensure that it is used appropriately. This is one of the reasons the Institute of Canine Biology was formed, and we anticipate that the need for this will only grow over time. To this end, we are preparing a longer, more detailed document that will provide breeders with the scientific information on which that letter was based and what it means.