I've been gathering some info for inbreeding and COI programs as promised that I'll post as a separate topic soon.
I won't pursue my previous point here at the . . . er . . . suggestion of our esteemed moderator (we are communicating privately) but I would VERY MUCH like to read Denise's post on THIS topic. I did join the CanGen list at her suggestion (and believe me, it was as struggle to be accepted as a non-geneticist, given their current mix) and spent quite a while reading some very long, usually erudite and largely civilized posts from a wide variety of breeders and scientists in their archives, while trying to stay current on the list. A losing cause I think. In any case, I am particularly interested in the theory or opinion or ? (even that is under discussion!) that inbreeding for conformation characteristics is more harmful than inbreeding for working characteristics ie that by the very nature of the selection process in the latter case, a higher degree of inbreeding can be tolerated in the case of breeding for work. Or, to put it another way, that what would be a dangerous COI in a show breeding program would not be so in a working breeding program. I THINK I've expressed that correctly. This is Wendy's point I believe and perhaps others would agree or disagree. I'm interested to hear.
Can we discuss this? Is it premature, Denise, given that the discussions rage on, on the other list?
PS I've copied this to the start of another thread in Politics.
PPS I'm off to work dogs for the day so will check in later.