Breed health is a balance between reducing the prevalence of existing diseases and maintaining long-term health by managing the loss of diversity or rate of inbreeding. The online tool Mate Select is designed to help breeders achieve this balance.
Phase 1 of Mate Select, launched in May 2011, is concerned with the management of inbreeding. The tool allows the inbreeding coefficients of individual dogs and breed averages to be found. Hypothetical matings can be performed to predict the inbreeding coefficient of the puppies.
Phase 2, launched in February 2014, is the release of estimated breeding values (EBVs), to help breeders reduce the prevalence of hip and elbow dysplasia by using more accurate genetic evaluation of risk. Find out more about EBVs by clicking here.
Phase 3 will aim to introduce ‘optiumum contribution’ technology allowing the use of selection to reduce inherited disease while at the same time managing the rate of inbreeding.