Practical Assortative Mating

A dog breed, or any animal breed, requires a delicate balance between genetic diversity and consistency of traits. Both of these aspects are essential for the breed’s long-term survival and health, as well as for maintaining the breed’s defining characteristics. Variability for Health: Variability in a breed’s gene pool is essential for maintaining the breed’s … Read more

Tracing Canine Lineages: Challenges and Approaches in Historical Investigations of Farm Dog Bloodlines

The study of farm dog bloodlines, such as the Black and Tan English Shepherd, often encounters numerous challenges, including vested interests, incomplete records, human stories and myths, genetic diversity, and changing breed standards. This article explores these challenges and discusses various methods employed by researchers to overcome them. By utilizing historical documentation, pedigree analysis, … Read more