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Genetic analysis of three South African horse breeds

E.G. Cothran, E. Van Dyk
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 69, No 4 | a839 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v69i4.839 | © 1998 E.G. Cothran, E. Van Dyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 July 1998 | Published: 13 July 1998

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Genetic variability at 7 blood-group and 10 biochemical genetic loci was examined in 3 South African horse breeds, the Nooitgedacht, Boerperd and Basuto Pony. Observed heterozygosity for these breeds was intermediate for domestic horses, with the highest heterozygosity in the Boerperd and the lowest in the Basuto Pony. The 3 breeds show greater genetic similarity to each other than to other domestic horse breeds. Compared to other breeds, the South African breeds show greater genetic similarity to breeds such as the Thoroughbred, Holstein, Trakehner and Hanovarian and also to North American breeds such as the Saddlebred, Standardbred and Morgan Horse.


Biochemical Polymorphisms; Blood Groups; Dendrogram; Genetic Diversity; South African Horse Breeds


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