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Genetic variability among native dog breeds in Turkey
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2013 (English)In: Turkish Journal of Biology, ISSN 1300-0152, E-ISSN 1303-6092, Vol. 37, no 2, 176-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this study, the genetic structures and relationships of native Turkish dog breeds were investigated using 20 polymorphic loci (17 microsatellites and 3 proteins). For this aim, a total of 141 blood samples were taken from Turkish shepherd dogs and Turkish Greyhounds located in several geographical regions of Turkey. Multilocus F-ST values indicated that around 1.92% of the total genetic variation could be explained by breed differences and the remaining 98.08% by differences among individuals. The gene flow between populations within each generation varied between 8.4 (Akbash-White Kars Shepherd dog pairs) and 62.3 (Black-Grey Kars Shepherd dog pairs). Four different groups appeared in the 3-dimensional factorial correspondence analysis, and among these, dogs from the Akbash, Kangal, Kars Shepherd, and Turkish Greyhound breeds grouped in clearly separated clusters in distant parts of the 3-dimensional graph. These results clearly show that Akbash and Kangal Shepherd dogs are different populations with different genetic structures. Therefore, the generalised grouping of Turkish shepherd dogs into a single breed called Anatolian or Turkish shepherd dogs is incorrect.

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2013. Vol. 37, no 2, 176-183 p.
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Turkish dog breeds, microsatellite, F-statistics, genetic variability, factorial correspondence analysis, genetic distance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125787DOI: 10.3906/biy-1203-64ISI: 000321227800008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84875490484OAI: diva2:640494
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