Pedigree Analysis and How Breeding Decisions Affect Genes

To some breeders, determining which traits will appear in the offspring of a mating is like rolling the dice–a combination of luck and chance. For others, producing certain traits involves more skill than luck– the result of careful study and planning. As breeders, you must understand how matings manipulate genes within your breeding stock to […]

Breeding Strategies for the Management of Genetic Disorders

With each new generation of dogs, breeders ask, “How can I continue my line and improve it?” Aside from selecting for conformation, behavior and ability, breeders must consider how they are going to reduce the incidence of whichever genetic disorders are present in their breed. There are no answers that will fit every situation. There […]

The Ins and Outs of Pedigree Analysis, Genetic Diversity, and Genetic Disease Control

As breeders, you engage in genetic “experiments” each time you plan a mating. The type of mating selected should coincide with your goals. Outbreeding brings together two animals less related than the average for the breed. This promotes more heterozygosity, and usually more variation in a litter. A reason to outbreed would be to bring […]

The Effects of Genetic Testing: Constructive or Destructive?

Every breed has genetic disorders. Finding tests that identify carriers of the genes which cause these disorders is a goal in all breeds. Once a genetic test is found, however, it is a double-edged sword: Its use can enable breeders to improve a breed or devastate it. Without genetic tests, the number of dogs that […]