WHAT IS INBREEDING AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO REDUCE IT

 

Inbreeding is the mating together of related animals. Line breeding is another term used but it means exactly the same as inbreeding according to geneticists. Mating related animals should be avoided when ever possible. If a close mating is carried out the progeny from that mating should be mated to a non related animal.  

In practice it is not easy to find unrelated cats so what can we do

By studying pedigrees using the World of Birmans pedigree database program, we are able to view colour coded pedigrees to see which cats are related in a given pedigree.

 

Breeders can do trial matings and select the stud they would like to use to help reduce the amount of inbreeding in their breeding programs. If using one particular stud the inbreeding goes up try doing another trial mating using a different stud. 

 

On the home page there are links to basic tutorials with diagrams which explain the many features you are able to use. NOTE If your cat is not in the database we will be happy to add it for you.

 

THE WORLD OF BIRMANS PEDIGREE DATABASE IS AVAILABLE ON LINE AT

www.worldofbirmans.co.uk

Just click on the link, you will need a user name and password but using the database is completely FREE

 

You can always e mail me if you need help or cannot find the relevant information

 

Here are some links to information about inbreeding although originally written for dog breeders

the information equally applies to any animal

 

The Price of Popularity: Popular Sires and Population Genetics

http://www.canine-genetics.com/Popular_sires.htm

 

The Downside of Inbreeding: Itís Time For a New Approach

http://www.canine-genetics.com/Price.htm

 

Breeding - Dogs or Pedigrees?

http://www.canine-genetics.com/Assort2.htm