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If you breed dogs for any reason, you must own this book. Genetic diseases are among the most serious hazards on the landscape of modern dog breeding and one of the most vexing challenges facing today's dog breeders. Is it appropriate to open the gene pool to unwanted conditions in the pursuit of physical perfection, or must breeding to the Standard take a back seat to producing healthy animals?
In Control of Canine Genetic Diseases, renowned authority George A. Padgett, DVM, provides an expert road map to help dog breeders everywhere avoid the pitfalls they are almost destined to encounter. For anyone whose goal is to produce healthy, functional and beautiful dogs, this is the book they need. Dr. Padgett provides clear explanations of modes of inheritance, how to conduct and analyze test matings and how to lower the chances of producing affected animals. Numerous tables, diagrams and graphs further enhance the text to facilitate the breeder's understanding.
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
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I bought this book, not because I am a breeder, but just out of interest in canine genetics. I expected a dry, data-filled textbook where I would have to take a break every chapter. My expectations were wrong! Padgett uses whatever data he could get (and he makes a point that Breeding Clubs and breeders alike are notorious for hiding data when it comes to their breed) to make an excellent case for controversial issues such as open registries (i.e. any potential breeder should be able to look up the bad as well as the good data of a potential mate--the WHOLE dog) and test-matings to find the genotype of the dog. He also disproves such myths as mutts are healthier (they usually contain 220 known diseases compared to 145 of purebred breeds), and more importantly, there is no such thing as a perfect dog (on average each dog carries 5 diseases); because of this, perhaps the most important point of his book is for the breeder to therefore PRIORITIZE which diseases are unhealthy and which are just cosmetic. He states that why should a dog with a repairable umbilical hernia be catagorized along with cataracts or epilepsy? Padgett challenges not only breeders but also AKC as well. I was also impressed to the extent of the layout of the book. Most of the chapters contain questions at the end, along with their answers, of various breeding situations! And the appendices are invaluable: Padgett compiled a list of 308 breeds along with the breeds' documented diseases! Call me a nerd, if you will, but I could not put this book down ;)
An excellent overview of canine genetics and genetic diseases of dogs. Makes the case for open registries. Comprehensive listing of genetic disorders found in each breed. Written in a manner understandable to breeders. Highly recommended.