Information on Chesapeake Bay Retriever Genetics, Health, and Pedigrees

Canine Genetics

This page is devoted to the basic genetics all dog breeders and potential puppy buyers should know. It wasn't so long ago, a breeder could get by with basic understanding of dominance and recessiveness as far as simple genes were concerned. With the mapping of the canine genome, and spinoff research into numerous complex genetic diseases of the dog, such basic understanding is no longer sufficient.

On these pages, you will find articles covering the basics of genetics, more complex (Non-Mendelian) inheritance, how genes flow through populations, and what is really meant by genetic diversity. Also, you will find links to other sites that deal with these issues in greater depth. Here, too, you will find links to online courses that will help with understanding genetics.