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about breeding, so I put it here.

OK, these are things I think about when I wake up and can't go back to sleep (note it's 5 a.m......).

I read in the Basset Hound magazine (put out by Dog Fancy) where Claudia Orlandi said that good shoulder assemblies are recessive int he basset, and therefore really difficult to breed for. That comment stuck with me... now keep in mind, my knowledge of genetics, as a non-breeder, is limited to some fuzzy high-school memories of Mendel's peas and blue eyes vs. brown.. but here's what I was thinking...

Let's say you breed two dogs who have the recessive for good shoulder assemblies, and you get the exact 1-in-4 "expression" of that recessive. So Pup A has a good shoulder assembly, and the other three don't.

1. If all four pups were girls, and you bred them all to the same stud (who carries the recessive for good shoulders), does Pup A have a greater chance of having pups with good shoulder assemblies? Or do they all have the same chance?

2. If you have a pup with a not-good shoulder assembly, but they have a mother, or grandfather, with good shoulders, do you know for sure that they then carry the recessive? In other words, how many generations down will carry that recessive, if you have someone in the pedigree who had good shoulders? OR does it depend on who else is in the lineage (and whether they carried the recessive)? Or is the recessive gene, once there (as evidenced by good shoulders somewhere in the pedigree) always present in all future pups?

See the things I think about when I can't sleep.... :roll:
 

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Thanks, Betsy. That was a good description of how recessives are carried... I guess my question was about recessives in general.. it was just the comment about shoulder assemblies that started me thinking about it. (I'm sure, that there must be more to good shoulders than just one recessive gene - if that was all there was to it,someone would probably have figured out how to breed for it consistently by now! :) )
 
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