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The findings of a decade of further investigation into the genetics of dog breeding have been incorporated into this new edition of a classic source of information for breeders. Early chapters outline the basic principles of heredity, illustrated by examples from the dog. Modern methods of animal improvement which can be called upon to further the aims of dog breeding are also discussed.

The chapters on colour and coat variation, genetics of breeds, and abnormalities heve been extensively rewritten in the light of new findings.

Many outstanding problems of breed genotypes have been resolved, but at the same time numerous genetic anomalies have been identified through greater genetic awareness and attempts to secure breeding data.

The descriptive summaries of these abnormalities, substantially documented, make this book a useful reference source for the identification of known genetic anomalies.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Thomas J. Burke, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This handbook consists of 280 pages divided into nine chapters with a separate reference section and index. This is an update to the author's 1982 first edition. There are several charts and tables, but no photographs.
Purpose: The purpose is to "apply the art and science of breeding" to improve the various dog breeds created by man. This book was also written to apprise veterinarians of various genetic defects of dogs.
Audience: Dog breeders and veterinary practitioners are the audience.
Features: After a speculative introduction concerning the early origins of our current canine companions, the author guides the reader through a perfunctory chapter on reproduction and then begins his objective of enlightening the dog breeder about canine genetics. The reading is tedious and, even for breeders and veterinarians with training in the biological sciences, is impractical. I sought the opinion of two established breeders with scientific training (an AHT with 16 years of university-employed clinical experience and a veterinary practitioner with 23 years of practice experience). Their comments were similar. Chapter 8 is of little use to the practicing veterinarian, as it is not arranged by breed, there are no photographs of the conditions described, and it contains speculative conclusions as to the genetic nature of some conditions. Stockard's paralysis, for example, has not been diagnosed in the U.S. for over 50 years, and a board-certified veterinary neurologist stated that it was not genetic. The chapter on color and coat variations is perhaps the best feature of this book. It is of particular interest to producers of certain breeds but not to veterinarians. Much of the information presented requires the reader to pay close attention while reading and to possess a more-than-perfunctory knowledge of genetics. It appears that the author is unfamiliar with veterinary practice and the problems faced by the practitioner, especially those outside the U.K.
Assessment: I do not recommend this book for veterinary practitioners. Other texts are available that list defects by breed and are thus far more useful. Some breeders may find portions of the book useful, especially Chapter 6.
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There is an excellent section ion genetic abnormalities... This is a book that is very readable by anyone who is interested in dog breeding and which will be invaluable to the veterinary student and to the practitioner. The Veterinary Record
Thomas J. Burke
This handbook consists of 280 pages divided into nine chapters with a separate reference section and index. This is an update to the author's 1982 first edition. There are several charts and tables, but no photographs. The purpose is to ""apply the art and science of breeding"" to improve the various dog breeds created by man. This book was also written to apprise veterinarians of various genetic defects of dogs. Dog breeders and veterinary practitioners are the audience. After a speculative introduction concerning the early origins of our current canine companions, the author guides the reader through a perfunctory chapter on reproduction and then begins his objective of enlightening the dog breeder about canine genetics. The reading is tedious and, even for breeders and veterinarians with training in the biological sciences, is impractical. I sought the opinion of two established breeders with scientific training (an AHT with 16 years of university-employed clinical experience and a veterinary practitioner with 23 years of practice experience). Their comments were similar. Chapter 8 is of little use to the practicing veterinarian, as it is not arranged by breed, there are no photographs of the conditions described, and it contains speculative conclusions as to the genetic nature of some conditions. Stockard's paralysis, for example, has not been diagnosed in the U.S. for over 50 years, and a board-certified veterinary neurologist stated that it was not genetic. The chapter on color and coat variations is perhaps the best feature of this book. It is of particular interest to producers of certain breeds but not to veterinarians. Much of the informatio presented requires the reader to payclose attention while reading and to possess a more-than-perfunctory knowledge of genetics. It appears that the author is unfamiliar with veterinary practice and the problems faced by the practitioner, especially those outside the U.K. I do not recommend this book for veterinary practitioners. Other texts are available that list defects by breed and are thus far more useful. Some breeders may find portions of the book useful, especially Chapter 6.
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Findings of a decade of further investigation into the genetics of dog breeding have been incorporated into this new edition of a source of information for breeders. Early chapters outline basic principles of heredity, illustrated with examples from the dog. Modern methods of animal improvement are also discussed, in addition to color and coat variation, genetics of breeds, and abnormalities. Descriptive summaries of abnormalities, substantially documented, make this a useful reference for the identification of known genetic anomalies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750646123
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Reproduction; Development: nature and nurture; Elements of heredity; Selection and breeding policy; Colour and coat variation; Genetic breeds; Abnormalities; Behaviour aspects; References; Index.

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