The following are all important considerations when undertaking a breeding programme:
Knowledge and Understanding of Genetics and Inheritance
To know and understand the fundamentals of genetics and inheritance—and ultimately, better breeding—is half the battle. The aim of this blog is to give you these.
It is crucial to have good information on your animals, whether those you already have or those you wish to acquire. Good information requires meticulous record keeping.
Application of Theory
To know and understand a concept is all well and good, but the best breeders are the ones that apply that knowledge.
Have a goal in mind, and stick with it. Determine what to you is the perfect animal, and set out to breed it.
Genetic change is slower than you may realise. Your perfect sire may not be born overnight, but if you commit to your plan and follow through one step at a time, you will create that animal with time.
There will be setbacks, and the desire to jump on trends and fads of the day will be strong. Just think of the hare and the tortoise and do not deviate. A sound plan will always prevail, though it may appear dull and boring to flighty trendsetters!