When a cattery owner plans a mating of two individual cats, she examines their pedigrees to determine if the pedigree of their resulting offspring will be inbred, linebred or outcrossed. Each type of breeding has different advantages and disadvantages.
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.
Pedigrees are an important ingredient of every breeding program. The pedigree is your cat's family tree. Knowing different ways to evaluate a pedigree is an essential skill the smart cat breeder must learn. This article teaches you to evaluate a pedigree by titles alone.
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.