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An Introduction to Genetics for the Layperson - Here in Southern Africa where the gene pools for many breeds are relatively small, it is especially important to breeders to understand the genetic heritability of traits. If you're baffled by genetic jargon or can't tell your jeans from your chromosomes, here is a good place to learn the basics.

The Canine Diversity Project - The Canine Diversity Project aims to acquaint breeders with the dangers of inbreeding and the overuse of popular sires. Both lead to the indiscriminate loss of genetic diversity and increase the frequency of genetic problems in the population.

The Poodle and the Chocolate Cake - Why do dog breeders need to worry about genetic diversity?

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals - The OFA is a non-profit organization that provides information and databases about not only orthopedic problems, but a variety of other genetic diseases as well, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, congenital cardiac disease, and patella luxation. You can also learn about genetic diseases that can now be identified with 100% accuracy in an animal through DNA testing.

The Ins and Outs of Pedigree Analysis, Genetic Diversity, and Genetic Disease Control - ( Jerold S. Bell, D.V.M.) This is an updated version of an article that originally appeared in the American Kennel Club Gazette in September 1992 entitled, "Getting What You Want From Your Breeding Program.

"The Dog Genome Project - A collaborative effort among scientists at various universities, the Dog Genome Project is aimed at producing a complete map of all the chromosomes in dogs. This map will allow us to locate the genes causing disease and those controlling morphology and behavior.

Southern Clone - Canine reproductive technologies (NZ)

Veterinary Genetics Laboratory - Describes the ongoing canine genetics research at the Veterinary School at the University of California at Davis. They also do various DNA analyses, including parentage verification and DNA typing.Optigen - Offers tests for congeneital stationery night blindnes, progressive retinal atrophy, progressive rod-cone degeneration, canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency, and narcolepsy.