Pedigree Power

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match A dog breeder is like the European and Asian matchmaker; it was her job to research family backgrounds, values and financial status to establish a compatible alliance between the bride and groom and their families. Similarly, the dog breeder should research the background of the dog to be bred […]

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 […]

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 […]