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- n. Plural form of elkhound.
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Norwegian elkhounds, for example, are very different from beagles not only in the way they look and in the inborn diseases they get (beagles almost never suffer from degenerative blindness, for instance) but also in the many random bits of "junk" DNA that are found on every one of their chromosomes.
Their motivation was to try to understand the genetic roots of the particularly devastating inborn degenerative diseases that cause certain breeds — notably, miniature poodles, Norwegian elkhounds, Irish setters, collies, and cocker spaniels — to go blind.
For the genome map the researchers collected samples from 212 dogs representing three generations, all the products of crosses between dogs about as different as possible — poodles, Doberman pinschers, Irish setters, Norwegian elkhounds, and beagles.
Among the more unusual breeds are bluetick coonhounds, catahoulas, Italian greyhounds and Norwegian elkhounds.