What Are the Effects of Inbreeding Dogs?

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Fotolia.com"> jQuery(document).ready(function(){ jQuery('#jsArticleStep1 span.image a:first').attr('href','http://i.ehow.com/images/a06/83/3d/effects-inbreeding-dogs_-1.1-800X800.jpg'); }); Inbreeding occurs when two closely related dogs produce puppies. Researchers have been studying the effects of inbreeding in dogs for many years. As with humans and other species, inbreeding has the ability to produce severe problems in one dog or an entire breed. Inbreeding occurs when closely related dogs are bred, sometimes by accident and sometimes by pure ignorance of the potential problems. Genetic Health Problems and Disease Inbred dogs are at higher risk for certain genetic diseases. When closely related dogs are bred, each may have a recessive gene (only having one copy of the defected gene) for any given genetic disease. The recessive gene may be passed onto the new generation. Once the new generation carrying the recessive gene is bred with a related dog carrying the same recessive gene, ... more
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