Introduction to Genetics with BetterBred

Beginner Course: Introduction to Genetics with BetterBred

Want to be a breed conservator? This course is designed to be a “crash course” through understanding the UC Davis genetic diversity testing and how to implement its use in your program.  It contains much of the information we’ve released in the past, plus some extras, in a convenient to access location. This course contains:

  • The UC Davis certificate- what you can tell from looking at your certificate
  • DLA- what is the DLA and how do you use it?
  • Internal Relatedness (IR) – what it means and how does it apply to your dog
  • OI/AGR- is your dog typical or atypical?
  • Genetic Relatedness - what does say about our breeds?
  • Summary of the terms
  • Using BetterBred

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Premium Membership (Monthly Subscription)

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the genetic status of your breed and contribute accordingly.

  • Compare breedings to pick the best studs not just from the outside, but from the inside too.

  • Offer your puppy families additional peace of mind that they are getting a conscientiously bred new family member.

  • Send your puppies off knowing you did everything you could to ensure they have long happy lives.

To become a breed conservator and get your full membership, please first login to your account or create one here! 
  • This is a recurring monthly subscription; however, there is no contract and you can cancel anytime. 

$49.99 / month

Premium Membership (Yearly Subscription)

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the genetic status of your breed and contribute accordingly.

  • Compare breedings to pick the best studs not just from the outside, but from the inside too.

  • Offer your puppy families additional peace of mind that they are getting a conscientiously bred new family member.

  • Send your puppies off knowing you did everything you could to ensure they have long happy lives.

  • *This is a recurring annual subscription.

To become a breed conservator and get your full membership, please first login to your account or create one here! 

$499.99 / year
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Welcome to BetterBred!  We are happy to have you as a member.

You are joining a growing number of breeders accepting the important role of maintaining diversity within your breed and working to breed away from complex genetic disorders.  Conscientious breeders like you are leading the way to contribute to your breed’s long term viability.

This course is designed to walk you through using our system and to equip you with the basic knowledge you need to breed with diversity in mind.

Remember though, breeding will always involve balancing all the information about our dogs,  including health testing and pedigree histories, temperament, structure and type.  The BetterBred system is designed to add to – not detract from – our current breeding capabilities.

To begin the course, click each lesson title below. Additionally, in each lesson there will be an ability to move on to the next class at the lower left of each page. 

Lessons

Lesson #2: DLA

Welcome to the next lesson! The major histocompatibility complex or MHC is the region of the DNA in an animal that controls its immune system. In dogs, this is called…

Lesson #3: Internal Relatedness

Welcome to the next lesson! In this lesson, we will review IR and its uses and limitations.  After reviewing, you should understand what IR is used for and know why…

Lesson #4: OI and AGR

Welcome to our next lesson! In this lesson we will review how to redistribute diversity using the BetterBred measurements OI and AGR. Why would we want to redistribute genetic diversity…

Lesson #5: Genetic Relatedness

Welcome to our next lesson! In this class we are going to discuss an important concept when breeding for diversity – genetic relatedness.

Lesson #6: Review terms

In this lesson, we ask you review the terms and concepts below: DLA, the dog leukocyte antigen – The DLA is a part of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in…

Lesson #7 Using BetterBred

The following video is our current BetterBred walkthrough video.  The website changes often, so if you see a change, please ask!  Often we make update videos to update any changes…