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Breeders would welcome a genetic study that could eliminate the problem of "missing testicles." Of course the testes are not missing, the condition is more accurately termed "retained testicles" or as this revered dog expert states, cryptorchidism.




Missing Testicles, Monorchids, Cryptorchids


Capt. Arthur J. Haggerty


September 2005 - Referencing this article; one of the most famous war veterans, movie actors, and trainers in the dog world sent the following:


Your article on "cryptorchidism" and DNA was interesting. To begin with the correct term is orchidism but even the veterinarian made this common mistake so you get a pass on that. There are, of course no breeds in studies on cryptorchidism because cryptorchids are sterile (neither testicle descending). Monorchids (one testicle descending or being retained) can reproduce.


I've gotten the nit-picking out of the way so now let me speak in defense of the study. Personally I think the most valid and pertinent question to ask of any study is WHO is financing (with the subtext of WHY?) the study. This question will affect the outcome of the study I'm sorry to say. The slogan "publish or perish" is what keeps these scientists going. If they keep coming up with the wrong answer how many additional studies will be funded?


But this is defense of the study. More money is available for human research than dog research. Dogs benefit before humans because generally the research is done on them. The AR criticism that pure-bred dogs are loaded with all sorts of maladies is not a negative. That is very positive. Pure-bed dogs give us a reservoir of the genes needed to study these diseases. The Doberman carries von Willebrand's disease. For some strange reason they cannot transmit it.


Dr. Thedore Leber was a Berlin MD who died in 1917. He discovered Leber's congenital amaurosis. Well ahead of his time, Leber now has a breed of dog that carries the disease - the Briard, and NOW there is money for the human research of the disease. These are all positives and the dog will benefit first.


Now Americans do NOT want to know what diseases their dogs carry, no matter what they say. In Germany des Verein fuer deutsche Schaeferhund would not give their permission to breed to a dog that carried a "problem". Can you imagine what an American would say if someone told them they couldn't breed their bitch to this stud?


Stop and think. What would be the purpose of such a study if it was not to identify the carriers of the disease? How many blood samples would they get if people knew that?


Capt. Arthur J. Haggery, Dog TrainerCAPTAIN HAGGERTY

Author of "How To Get Your Pet Into Show Business"

and "How To Teach Your Dog To Talk" with over 200 tricks






The dog world lost a great champion when Capt. Arthur J. Haggerty passed away July 3, 2006 at age 74. He received three purple hearts and the bronze Star in the Korean War but despite such courage, he could not defeat cancer.


Capt. Haggerty was an Army scout dog trainer who used his military skills when he came home and devoted the rest of his life to training civilian dogs. He trained search and rescue, avalanche, attack dogs, trick dogs, and of course, movie dogs.


He trained for famous movie stars and for regular people - it was the dogs he cared about. Capt. Haggerty not only trained dogs for over 100 feature films and countless commercials, he got his feet wet as an actor with small parts in movies such as "Married to the Mob" and "Honeymoon in Vegas."


Capt. Haggerty's world-famous school for dogs was in New York City. He had schools in NY and Palm Beach. He passed away in Palm Beach. His family continues the schools and his legacy.


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