BREEDING ISSUES

Knowledge is power


Five years ago, when I decided I wanted to breed Maine-Coons, I started looking for information on the Net about breeding and genetics. I was surprised to see that there was a lot of it about dogs, not much about cats. But what applies to dog breeding also applies to cat breeding. The breeding rules are much the same from one species to the other.

You will find below some articles that I found particularly enlightening.

Breeding is a huge responsibility: as regards the prospective cat owners who look up to us to have healthy and well socialized cats, but also as regards the breed we love and wish to preserve. As breeders, simple hobbyists or professionals, we must consistently learn as much as possible in order to make the best breeding decisions.

I thank the authors of these articles for allowing me to publish them on my website.

 

ARTICLE 1

OMERTA: The Breeders' Code of Silence

By Sierra Milton, Stormsong GSPs

To access the article click on the cat>>>

ARTICLE 2

GENETIC DIVERSITY:The Dark Side of Inbreeding

by Catherine MARLEY

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If you are interested in the Genetic Diversity issues, breeding in general and wish to learn more, we strongly recommend that you visit the Kai-La-Sha Website . You will find a list of articles (Articles page) dealing with breeding issues. These articles are especially aimed at dog breeders but the information provided can easily be applied to any species.

Another website that provides a huge amount of information about breeding: Let's Talk About Breeding.

ARTICLE 3

BREEDING SCHEMES, by John B. AMRSTRONG

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ARTICLE 4

THE DOWNSIDE OF INBREEDING :

It's time for a new approach

by C.A. Sharp

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ARTICLE 5

Is Outcrossing dangerous?

by C.A. Sharp, March/April 2005 Australian Shepherd Journal

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ARTICLE 5

How does inbreeding affect the imune system of animals?

A geneticist, Dr. Barry Starr of Stanford university, answers this question.

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ARTICLE 6

PROS AND CONS OF INBREEDING

by Sarah HARTWELL

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