Tag: cat breeds

Book Preview: Cat fanciers face ethical questions that never arose for early dog breeders

Is it right to build a breed on genetic disorders? No? Well, that’s exactly what we did with the dachshund. Centuries ago, hunters made a breed out of this canine dwarf mutation because they needed a badger dog and there was no concept of animal welfare to stop them. Everybody accepts dachshunds today. Dog fanciers

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Book Preview: Some fancy-cats are losing their genetic heritage

There are many DNA tests for dog breeds, but cats? Not so much. This isn’t anti-feline discrimination. It has taken us thousands of years and lots of selective breeding to turn gray wolves into chihuahuas. But fanciers have been focusing on cats only since the 1870s. There just hasn’t been enough time to develop DNA

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Book Preview: Fancy Breeds Fit Into At Least One of Five Informal Categories

This post, adapted from one of the facts in my upcoming ebook “50 Facts About House Cats (And Where They Come From),” builds on last week’s post on moggies and fancy-cats. Purebred dogs get genetic testing, yet no cat registry requires DNA tests to validate identity, pedigree, and parentage. That’s because geneticists are struggling to

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Book Preview: The Recipe for Fancy-cat Starts With a Moggy

This is another of those old posts that I had to rewrite into a book chapter. Hope you like it! Fancy-cats are the beautifully groomed felines you’ll see at a show. The other 80% of the world’s cats are unpedigreed (but equally beautiful) moggies. Once upon a time, there weren’t any fancy-cats. And most moggies

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