Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute

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Breeding Strategies


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 program_askexpert  Click to e-mail one of our volunteer experts with breeding questions.


 Click on the menu to the left to view any of the below –

 The Decision Tree offers a visual tool to aid your breeding system.

 Do the Math shows how traits pass in dogs, lines, and breeds.

 Genetic Juggling explains how to manage complexly inherited traits in your breeding program.

 The Impossible Dream exposes the myth of “breeding for perfection.”

 Not Who You Know but WHAT You Know explains how knowledge of where the good and bad traits can be found in your breed can help you breed for both quality and health.

 Playing COI shows how you can use coefficients of inbreeding as a breeding tool.

 Side Effects looks at the secondary effects of breeding decisions and how they can impact what dogs get kept, what matings you choose to do, and what unexpected things are artifacts of breeding choices.

 What Price Glory? examines the dangers making competitive event results a high-priority breeding goal.