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These terms are often confused or used inappropriately. Here we provide some information and links to help clarify the situation. See related content from the 4th IDHW 4th IDHW Theme #1: The Concept of ‘Breed’ The Concept of Breed Theme Presentations DEFINITION OF 'BREED' ACROSS SPECIES AND COUNTRIES: CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS - Gregoire Leroy The Concept of Breed: Past, present - and future? - Helena Skarp New Expanded Content - February 2021 Crossbreeding and Outcrossing: Two terms, many concepts. Linebreeding vs. Inbreeding – Let’s be perfectly clear.
This article talks about two common terms used in dog breeding, and as part of strategies for impacting genetic diversity. Though sometimes used interchangeably, and used to mean multiple different practices, understanding the differences in the terms and the potential application in breeding programs is one tool dog breeders can use to change and improve genetic diversity.
Recently we received a question from a Harmonization of Genetic Testing (HGTD) user, who had wanted to use an "Ancestry" genetic test to determine a puppy's likely sire. It is not uncommon, when trying to determine the right test for your purposes, to mistake "Ancestry" tests for parentage, or genetic identification tests. The information below talks about what ancestry, or breed mix genetic tests are, how they can be used, and some of the limitations. What is an Ancestry/Breed Mix Genetic Test for dogs? Ancestry/breed mix tests are a way to estimate what breeds compose your mixed-bree