Liza the “Long ‘n Short” Doxie-Corgi

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Here at our Roseville, Rocklin, and Auburn clinic we see the lowest of the low! Liza has the longest back possible with the shortest legs possible and we think she takes the cake for proximity to the ground. Liza is a Dachshund and Corgi mix and these are both breeds which have intentionally short legs to facilitate their working ability. The Doxie is short so it can go into the burrow of its prey (often badger) and the Corgi is short so it can effectively herd small livestock in rough terrain and avoid the danger of being kicked. The genetics which result in the short turned legs is similar, but not identical, to the genetics which cause dwarfism in humans. Achondroplasia is a single gene mutation which results in the failure of long-bone cartilage to turn to bone. The characteristic effect is a disproportionate shortening of the long bones of the limbs accompanied by an outward twist of the front legs. This genetically inherited condition is commonly seen in Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Corgies and Bulldogs and has no other deleterious effects on the physical health or longevity of the affected animal. The condition in humans called ‘dwarfism’ results from a similar achondroplastic mutation but it is located on a different gene than is responsible for the canine condition. And a short note of thanks to Liza for reminding her human that we all wear masks at our clinics. Thank you Liza 🙂

– Geoffrey Antipa


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