Inheritance of Livershunt (IHPSS) in Irish Wolfhounds
I wrote this article about the inheritance of livershunt (intrahepatic porto systemic shunt or IHPSS) in Irish Wolfhounds so that breeders might be able to better evaluate annotated pedigrees in families of dogs they are hoping to incorporate into their breeding programme. It first appeared in IW World magazine, in the spring of 2015.
I based the calculations used on the likely mode of inheritance described in this paper by Frank van Steenbeek
When considering buying an Irish Wolfhound puppy, please remember to do your homework! Breeders websites may not always tell the whole truth. Visit breed shows, speak to several people, read several websites, try to verify what you are told. The Kennel Club publishes all puppies and imported dogs every quarter, so if a breeder tells you something you are in a position to check for yourself. More later.