Did you know that when a female dog is pregnant, the care she receives will directly impact three different generations? The mother dog, her puppies and the developing eggs inside of any female puppies she is carrying.
If the fetus in the diagram below goes on to have her own puppies, consider that any resulting female puppies she has would have been an egg inside their mother when she was in the womb herself.
When you understand that things like stress, environmental toxins and nutrition can alter how gene's are expressed you can see how the care of the mother dog can affect not only her and her offspring but also the third generation (the eggs already inside the fetus).
When female puppies are born they have already formed the eggs that can be fertilized once they reach reproductive maturity.
The environment and lifestyle of an animal has the power to affect its genome by way of epigenetic changes. The actual DNA sequence of the animal remains unchanged but epigenetic modifications alter how a gene is expressed, including completely “turning on” or “turning off” a gene.
Epigenetic changes can then also be inherited from parent to offspring, through multiple generations.
Disease does not just happen by chance or bad luck.
There is always a reason; always a cause.
In my opinion, there is immeasurable value in a line of dogs (or any animal for that matter) that has been reared in a way that not only avoids causing further epigenetic damage, but also works towards clearing damage accumulated from previous generations.
Your best chance of getting a healthy, happy and long lived canine companion is from a natural rearing breeder. Through their practices much of the damage inherited through past generations will have already been eliminated. Leaving you with an animal that has an excellent start to a healthy life.
To find a naturally rearing breeder or get listed yourself visit The Natural Rearing Dog Breeders Association.
Author - Jennifer Lee
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