Bringing Together Heart and Science
2019 Breed Report
As one of our initial projects, while we work on gathering genetic data for future studies, ESBC has put together a report looking at available data on breed health and conservation breeding practices. We would love to hear your thoughts and discuss breed conservation. Please check out the report and weigh in with your questions, observations, suggestions on our Facebook page (English Shepherd Breed Conservancy) or via email!
Health and Genetics Research
The ESBC is founded on a love for English Shepherds, a commitment to scientific research, and a desire to help English Shepherd owners and breeders understand and use scientific information to protect the health of their dogs.
Our team of advisors consists of population researchers, geneticists, survey researchers, behavioral researchers, biologists, and educators; their expertise will help us explore the questions that owners and breeders have wrestled with for years — what genetic risks should English Shepherd breeders be monitoring, how to minimize those risks, how to identify the best prospective mates. In addition to helping answer these immediate questions, participation in our project will support new research into the causes and prevention of specific disorders affecting English Shepherds. That research will take time but the sooner we start, and the more owners who participate, the faster that work will yield life-changing results.
ESBC exists because we love English Shepherds and believe that scientific research can benefit our breed. Please contact us if you share our interests, have ideas for projects or would like to help!
Diversity & Kinship Studies
ESBC subscribes to the open science model. This means we do not own and will never sell your dog’s data. We also respect the confidentiality of your test results. With ESBC, you contribute to an English Shepherd health and genetic database and we share all the new discoveries that result freely with you, and researchers around the world. ESBC Team