Whether searching for a new cat to bring into your breeding program, or wondering which kitten to keep from the season's 'crop', the decision-making process begins with evaluating the individual cat and its pedigree.
An Inbreeding Coefficient (IC) is the same as a Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI). Regardless of which name you use, the cat breeder needs to understand what it is and how to apply COIs in your breeding program. This is the first article in a three-part series that will help you understand more.
This is the second article in a three-part series about Inbreeding Coefficients (ICs). In this article we discuss how to determine the ICs for your own breeding program, with emphasis on how to decide how many generations to go back in a pedigree when making your calculations..
This is the third article in a three-part series about Inbreeding Coefficients (ICs). In this article we discuss how to determine the ICs for your cats, and how to use them to help you determine the best mating pairs in own breeding program.
While many animal behaviors in nature have evolved to avoid inbreeding, there are examples in the big cat populations of Africa that shows that inbreeding frequently occurs in the wild cats. What can domestic cat breeders learn from studying these felines?