Articles that will help you better understand pedigrees
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- * Are All Problems Inherited?
Knowing which faults in your kittens may be genetic, and which may be due to other factors is essential to evaluating which cats to include or remove from a well thought-out breeding program.
- * Breeding A Cat With A Genetic Fault
Should you use a cat with a genetic fault in your breeding program? While the answer may not a simple yes or no, here are things to consider that may help you make an informed decision...
- * By The Sire, Out Of The Dam
When listing or discussing a cat's sire and dam, there is a standard protocol that should be used. Learn how to understand and be understood when discussing your cat's parents...
- * Developmental Accidents
Do you understand the difference between an inheritable mutation and a developmental accident? Learn the answer to this question and much more ...
- Eye Color In Pointed Cats
Understand why the eye color of pointed cats can vary from pale blue to deepest navy.
- * Gene Inheritance Patterns
An understanding of the various types of patterns of inheritance is a basic component to the development of a successful breeding program. Learn the 10 main types of gene inheritance that the cat breeder should know ...
- * Genes & Chromosomes
Everyone can learn to understand the details of genetics of the cat. It begins with understanding the basics and becoming familiar with the terminology involved when discussing genetics. Let's get started!
- * Genetic Notation
Learn the few simple rules of genetic notation that you need to know to understand a cat's individual genetic makeup, and to plan your breeding program.
- * Genetic Terms
Knowing the terminology used in a discussion about genetics is the first step towards understanding the principles of feline heredity.
- * How To Breed To Get Kittens Of The Sex You Prefer
Do you want more female kittens in your litter? You can actually breed to increase your chances of getting girls . . . or boys. It is impossible to completely control the sex of the kittens produced in a litter, there are a few things you can do that may tip the scales in favor of producing more kittens of the sex you really want -- including the timing of the actual act of mating between the stud and queen.
- * Hybrid Vigor
Whether breeding carnations, cattle or cats, every breeder should understand the meaning and implication of hybrid vigor in their breeding program.
- * Odd-Eyed
The odd-eyed cat has one of the most unusual and stunning expressions in the feline world. Learn how and why these unique cats get their miss-matched eyes...
- Possum: Tail of Two Kitties
"Possum" is the name of a most unusually marked kitten. Half Himalayan and half tortoiseshell, this unique feline is a chimera - the result of two different embryos fusing together early in their development and growing as a single individual!!!
- * PRA... Blind! And It's Hereditary
Could you have a blind kitten and not know it? The problem is called Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a genetic condition.
- * Punnett Square & Cat Genetics
A Punnett Square is a useful tool for breaking down genetic scenarios into smaller pieces that are easy to understand. The cat breeder can use a simple Punnett Square to predict the color of kittens from a specific mating -- or the chances of a unique characteristic being passed along.
- * Sex Chromosomes
By definition, a cat breeder is interested in kitty sex. It is a major part of the job. On a genetic level, the cat breeder needs to learn about the sex chromosomes -- those unique chromosomes that determine whether a kitten will be male or female, a boy or a girl.
- * Sharing Pedigrees: Good Or Bad?
Some breeders believe in sharing their cats' pedigrees. Some breeders do not. Learn the reasons why people are either for and against the making public their cat's pedigrees...
- * Those Sneaky Recessives
RRecessive genes— some are good, some may be bad. Regardless, recessive genes can be difficult to manage in a breeding program. Learn more . . .
- Tracking The Cat
A five year genetic study of over 1000 felines of 22 breeds confirms that the domestication of cats about 10,000 years ago originated in an area known as the Fertile Crescent, which stretches from Turkey to northern Africa and to modern-day Iraq and Iran.
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