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Breeding by the Numbers

    January 2018 ...

    From the AKC Gazette

    Jerold S. Bell, DVM. "Breeding by the Numbers." AKC Gazette. January 2018, pp 12-16.

    “A goal of all breeds is to grow and maintain a large, diverse, and healthy population.”



    This article addresses the aspect of population size on healthy breeding in dog breeds, genetic disorders and selection.

    Excerpts... "In both large- and small-population breeds, genetic diversity can be lost if breeders do not utilize dogs from the breadth of the gene pool. This is most evident in the popular sire syndrome." "Health-conscious selection through breed-appropriate genetic screening of prospective breeding individuals is the most important aspect of improving and maintaining the genetic health of any breed, regardless of its population size."


    Internal link: AKC Gazette-January 2018-J.Bell, DVM-Breeding By the Numbers

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