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Advanced Certificate in Canine Genetics

This course is designed to help dog enthusiasts interested in enhancing their study of the genetics of dogs. It is especially beneficial to breeders who will require a greater understanding and knowledge in Canine genetics to enable them to make informed breeding decisions.


Course Overview 


The course is written in an easy to understand and learn format which takes the student through from the terminology used to being able to apply basic principles of genetics to their breeding programs.
By completion the student will understand and be able to analyze and identify different aspects of selective breeding methods and their advantages and disadvantages, how these methods can be applied to their breeding decisions, probabilities and predicting outcomes, gene linkage and gene combinations, Probabilities and their use in predicting outcomes, modes of inheritance, Selection against recessive alleles, and coat colour genetics.


Course duration: on average 10 months home study.
Maximum Time allowed 24 months from purchase date.


Qualification on completion – MDBA Advanced Certificate of Achievement. This certificate course is also a component of the Canine Breeding Diploma


Entry requirements


Students must have basic English literacy and numeracy skills.


Minimum education


Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.


Computer requirements


Students will need access to a computer and the internet.


Fees - $400 – Member Discount applies Email for prices


Units in Course


Unit 1 –


Genetics and the language used
Genetics is a tool to use to better the purebred canine.
To understand some of the resources of which there are 1000s, the scientific language used must be understood.
This unit will help to do just that.


Unit 2


Breeding is an art and a science
The different methods of selective genetic breeding,
The advantages and disadvantages of each
How they can be applied to a breeding program
Probabilities and their use in predicting outcomes


Unit 3


Diversity in breeding the Purebred dog
Breeding Misconceptions
Gene linkage and trait combinations
Polygenic Traits Dominant and recessive traits
Incomplete dominance
Incomplete penetrance
Sex linked traits


Unit 4


Heritability estimates
Breeding goals and Genetic principals
Pedigree analysis
Estimated breeding values
Temperament variants by breed
Evaluating temperament
The effect of Genes and environment on temperament


Unit 5


Basic concepts and definitions
Probabilities and their use in predicting outcomes
Sex linkage and other modes of inheritance for traits controlled by a single locus
Two-loci interactions (epistasis)
Testing hypotheses for genetic inheritance (chi-square testing)
Selection against recessive alleles including use of molecular information
Coat colour


Unit 6

This unit is in the form of an exam.


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