Wood and Como
share a treasure trove of fascinating facts gleaned from extensive research and
decades of experience breeding sighthounds and
The authors introduce readers to
genetic concepts such as dominant and recessive genes, polygenic inheritance,
and genomic imprinting. Various breeding
programs are explored in great detail.
Issues such as breeding fads and common myths are candidly addressed.
Other chapters offer information
on DNA testing, hybrid vigor, understanding pedigrees, and sex chromosomes. An entire section features the basic concepts
of color inheritance.
All scientific concepts and terms
are clearly explained, often by using practical examples.
The book’s content – including a
carefully selected reference section – provides breeders with the tools to make
more informed breeding decisions.
Since man shares considerable
portions of DNA with his fellow creatures, people from all walks of life will
appreciate the wealth of information presented here.
The author’s sense of humor and artist
Maryann Conran’s delightful illustrations emphasize
and support the message: learning about genetics can be fun!
A prior knowledge of genetics is
not required to enjoy this book. Relax –
it’s not rocket science!