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lewjoh Posted - 05/09/2016 : 9:00:27 PM
Hi, all.

We're planning ahead for a litter next year and I'm wondering, how many generations back do you believe should be "clean" between the male and female before you can rule out inbreeding? By clean I mean no matching dogs in the family tree. Two generations ("grandparents")? Three? More?

I've looked at a lot of dogs on and am surprised how many have the same dog three of four times.

Thanks for any input.
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endurancekennels Posted - 10/05/2016 : 11:51:45 AM
Inbreeding is usually okay if both the parents were outcrosses.
RodB Posted - 09/30/2016 : 2:41:46 PM

Nothing wrong with inbreeding every living species on earth is because of inbreeding , its all about selection if an inbred litter did not work its because the wrong pair were selected not because they were inbred .

Every pure breed and performance dog is a by product of inbreeding , its actually the best way to lock in performance traits and lock in the intensity of those traits within the dog , but the caveat is all selection and a deep knowledge in traits , prepotency and the tendencies of nature to always aim for the average of the dogs ancestral tree .

As an example here in Australia during the late 1800s , there were 4 European foxes released for the pleasure of English settlers wanting to hunt foxes with hounds like they did back home .
Today there is an estimated 5 million foxes in the wild , now think about it , thats some serious inbreeding .

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