Using AI to Improve Genetics

Using AI to Improve Genetics

On December 17, 2015, Posted by , In Artificial Insemination, With No Comments

Dog breeders have a purpose. A creed if you will. Their goal should always be to produce the very best animals that their ability and skill will allow. Breeders know that producing top dogs means always looking to improve on what they have, and to seek to reduce problems in their chosen breed. Even if a breeder believes they have an idea for a brand new “breed” that will perform some service or have a sought after ability beyond what is available currently, they still should always strive to improve on their current animals and reduce any problems that exist in them. Artificial insemination helps breeders get the very best genetics to pass on to future generations of their dogs in an affordable and simple manner.

Double Helix DNAIf a breeder does not believe there could possibly be improvements in their animals there is only one conclusion—they are kennel blind. There is no such thing as a perfect dog. Even the best show dog in a particular breed, the best performance dog or combination of conformation and performance dog, has a flaw or genetic health issue somewhere. It is on the breeder to seek to improve their breed at all times, and at the same time, to attempt to pass on the stellar qualities that do exist in their stock.

Using AI to Create Better Dogs

The biggest problem that exists in modern breeding is when someone decides to breed two dogs simply because they are both the same breed. For example’s sake let’s choose a breeder/breed—a Doberman Pinscher kennel owner. Just because this person owns two registered Dobermans and mates them, does not mean the offspring of those animals will be good representatives of the breed.

The offspring of two Dobermans will be Dobermans—they will not necessarily be GOOD Dobermans. A true breeder will study incessantly to know as much as possible about the genetic background of their dogs, the dominant and recessive genes they carry, how the recessive genes could pop up in future generations and what their influence would be. They will study their dogs to determine both temperament and disposition (two different although similar traits), and make sure that the animals they breed possess the attributes that will make them perform the way the breed is meant to perform.

Creating New or Improved Breed Qualities with Artificial Insemination

When attempting to develop an entirely new breed it is even more important to study all of the above. A breeder needs to know what traits, physical aspects, mental abilities will produce the desired outcome, and how those are affected by the genetics of the animals involved. Using AI allows breeders to get what they need to develop their breeds without paying a lot of money to purchase a wide variety of studs and raise them, compete with them and prove them as breeding animals.AI to improve genetics

Even kennels with several of their own stud dogs can benefit greatly from using artificial insemination. Without going to outside stud dogs for breeding, breeders limit their gene pool until they have line bred and inbred so often there is nowhere to turn. Of course there is a time and place for both line breeding and inbreeding (in limited degrees) by skillful breeders who take the time to study the genetics carefully and only use those methods when they are introducing or locking in the very best qualities without strengthening the bad qualities.

All breeders, at one time or another, must use additional genetics. Keeping our AI Kits for Dogs on hand so you always have the tools you need at a moment’s notice, and shipping chilled or frozen semen in from the very best stud dogs anywhere in the world allows you the freedom to create the types of puppies you dream of, and that will be stellar representatives of their breeds.

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