Since I am not a scientist, I'm going to leave it to the pros to explain it. There is a link to Animal Genetics' website attached to the "learn more" button, it will tell you all about Ichthyosis.
What I want to explain is, now that we have the knowledge about what it is and how it is passed on, what do we do about it as breeders?
Southern Belle Goldens has made the commitment to not pair two carriers together. Also, when we have a litter with one carrier parent, if we have someone who wants breeding rights from that litter, SBG will pay to test each individual puppy for ICH, and only clear puppies will be considered for full rights. We will do this in efforts to stop the further spread of ICH in our breed. It is far too common for something that can be avoided. And I will be the first to admit we were part of the problem until we knew better.
****I wanted to clarify, for Rayne, since she is a carrier for two things, we have decided we will not offer offer breeding rights on her puppies and her pups will be sold as pet homes only.****
Same as above, I'm going to leave the explanation to the wonderful scientist at the lab we trust to screen our genetic test for our breeding dogs. The learn more button will take you right to Animal Genetics' website.
As for us here at Southern Belle Goldens, we have committed to never breed two carriers together. I also want to make the point, that a carrier can never go from being a carrier to be affected later in life. A carrier only has the possibility of passing the gene on, never being affected by it themselves.
Right now, Rayne is our only dog who is a carrier for more than one thing, she is only allowed to be paired with a clear male and her puppies are not eligible for breeding rights.