Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Muscular dog

I think many who saw this picture, were convinced that it was done in Photoshop. But it is not so! This dog named Big Wendy (Big Wendy) whose appearance is far from long, thin members of its breed hounds.

She was born with genetic abnormalities, because of which looks like an incredibly huge hound.
While her head, heart, lungs and legs are the same size as a normal Whippet, a defect of its genes has led to what is called "double muscle mass"
She weighs 27.2 kg - twice the state - and has huge bulging neck muscles, burly shoulders and haunches like a baboon. And unlike ordinary whippets known for their flexible and thin bones, this four-year representative of the breed instead of the abdominal muscles with 6 Dice has 24 cubic press!
Unfortunately, her broken genes may lead to the fact that the duration of her life will be shorter than normal dogs. But, even though it looks threatening, adoring her owner Ingrid Hansen claims that its giant dog there is nothing better than to climb up to the hostess on her knees.

"People called it Arnold Schwarzenegger," - says Ingrid.
"She is healthy and happy. And the main thing. "
"She knows that she has a genetic aberration. All she can do wrong - just disgusting to lick you all! "

It spends his days loitering in the fields, chasing other dogs and horses, and often sleeps on the bed her mistress. Wendy's unofficially considered the most muscular dog in the world. And the reason it does not have intensive training in the local section of the fitness room, and do not abuse steroids. Overweight dog got a birthday - thanks to a mutation in the gene responsible for the generation of myostatin. Myostatin - a protein that limits muscle growth. When a defect, this restriction is removed and the animal gets increased muscle mass, without spending any effort. It's a shame, huh? People involved in breeding hounds, trying to get or find an instance with a defect in the gene for myostatin. Canes with a mutation called "bulls" . They are quicker and stronger, but in appearance little different from normal dogs of their breed.
What is the secret to Wendy? What is the reason that in appearance it looks more like a pit bull than a beagle?

Strange but true - Wendy's has received not one, but two defective myostatin gene. In the end, her muscle mass has broken all records. Even on the neck muscles in "hell hound" so thick that from the side they can be mistaken for a mane like a lion.
Whippet English greyhound, who lives on a farm in Victoria (Canada), is the subject of study of American geneticists. Though her breed and is designed for hunting, racing and exhibitions, Wendy prefers the unhurried flow of life.