Breeding & Genetic Diversity

 

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Maintaining genetic diversity within a breed is vital to that breed’s survival.  Maintaining diversity requires thinking on a population scale (the breed) while acting locally, through your own breeding decisions.  These articles offer insights to this process.  Click on the menu at left to access them.

AKC and the Gene Pool considers the effects of closed registries on breed gene pools and discusses positive steps to limit loss of diversity.

The Downside of Inbreeding and Why Incest Isn’t Best define inbreeding and examine the risks of diversity loss and increased health issues posed by some standard breeding practices.

Heresy Revisited takes an objective look at the practices of cross breeding.

Is Outcrossing Dangerous? explains why this breeding practice does not cause all he negative effects it’s often blamed for.

The Price of Popularity examines the dangers of popular sire use.