17 Points to consider when breeding.

..”although this set of guidelines cannot be made into hard and fast rules or (worse yet) regulations — because the situations of each individual dog breed and even each breeder are different — yet I believe we all need faithfully to attempt to apply the principles discussed …, in order . . . → Read More: 17 Points to consider when breeding.

Predictors of Hip Dysplasia

Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2011 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print]
Canine Hip Dysplasia is Predictable by Genotyping.
Guo G, Zhou Z, Wang Y, Zhao K, Zhu L, Lust G, Hunter L, Friedenberg S, Li J, Zhang Y, Harris S, Jones P, Sandler J, Krotscheck U, Todhunter R, Zhang Z.
OBJECTIVE: To establish a predictive method using whole nome
genotyping for early intervention in canine hip dysplasia (CHD) risk
management, for the prevention of the progression of secondary
osteoarthritis (OA), and for selective breeding. Continue reading Predictors of Hip Dysplasia

Genetics & Breeding strategies

Essays for the dog breeder.

Follow these links to great book chapters on breeding and genetics by Dr. Thorpe-Vargas

Introduction: Dog breeding moves to the next level
Chapter 1: Extraordinary diversity
Chapter 2: A genetics primer
Chapter 3: What you get is not necessarily what you see!
Chapter 4: Ethics and breeding strategies
Chapter 5: The shallow end of the gene pool
Chapter 6: . . . → Read More: Genetics & Breeding strategies

Genetic Testing and Genetic Counseling in Pet and Breeding Dogs

A must read presentation from the 2010 WSAVA Congress by Jerold S. Bell, DVM (North Grafton, MA, USA) including the following topics:

Genetic Tests
Genetic Counseling for Owners
Genetic Counseling for Breeders
Autosomal Recessive Disorders
Autosomal Dominant Disorders
Sex-Linked Disorders
Polygenic Disorders/Complex Inheritance
CLICK . . . → Read More: Genetic Testing and Genetic Counseling in Pet and Breeding Dogs

Study Looks At Canine Cancer Genes


Michigan State University veterinarians are taking part in a two-year, $5.3 million project to analyze five cancers in dogs, research that could offer new insight into canine cancer genes and their potential impact on the human form of the disease.
“Because purebred dogs have been selected to have specific physical and behavioral traits, their background genetics, within breeds, are very similar, with that ‘background noise’ suppressed, cancer genes are made more obvious.”Barbara Kitchell, director of MSU’s Center for Comparative Oncology said. Continue reading Study Looks At Canine Cancer Genes

Free Canine Genetics Software

Canine Genetics Primer & FREE Canine Genetics Software

– Free program for predicting phenotypes of dogs based on known genotypes, and calculating mating predictions. From the makers of Breeders Assistant . . . → Read More: Free Canine Genetics Software

Code of practice ; breeding animals

From Victoria, Australia
Department of Primary Industries 2009

Breeding programs must consider the effects and ethics of high risk mating combinations that may, based on the principles of genetic inheritance, in theory produce animals with heritable disease. Where such heritable disease has potential to cause severe welfare issues for affected progeny such breeding programs must be justifiable. Affected progeny must be assessed and humanely destroyed if they suffer. Such animals must not be used for breeding. Continue reading Code of practice ; breeding animals