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Tips on Aussie Genetics
Before you breed Aussies, it's important to know some of the fundamentals of their genetics. This will help you have some control of the color and behavior of the pups you produce. It'll also help you make sure you don't produce any pups with genetic defects and health problems.
Genes You Need to Be Aware Of
There are a wide variety of genes that can lead to defects in puppies you breed, so it's important to get thorough testing of the stud and bitch done before you breed. These are a few of the more common genetic issues you need to know about and make sure you have your dog checked for before breeding.
Collie Eye Anomaly
This is a genetic disease common to many herding breeds. There are tests available to determine whether or not a dog is affected by the disease, but there's little agreement on how to interpret the results of this testing. Because the problem can manifest itself in different degrees (some dogs can be badly affected, others only slightly affected) it's not agreed upon whether or not an only slightly affected dog is okay to breed. Because a large segment of the Aussie population has the potential to pass this disorder on to pups, there's a good chance your dog may actually be affected. Your best option is to have testing done with your vet and then discuss the likely outcome on a litter of pups if you were to breed, based on the test results.
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