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What is the Heterosis Effect

Purebreds and inbreeds often carry genetic disease. Heterosis is the phenomenon where crossing two inbred lines can produce descendants with superior genetic foundation. In addition, the absence of inbreeding depression, present in inbred and in lesser extent in purebred dogs in general, as there is some remote inbreeding in any breed. Heterosis is also produced by overdominance, i.e. better combined function of two diverse genes (alleles), on a gene site (locus), compared to two identical (but harmless) ones. This increased health and vigor does not create a superior breed, but the advantages obtained from it are what produce hybrid vigor. This goal in this scenario is not to create a new breed, but to create a happy and healthy pet.

Heterosis effect results in a healthier, more vigorous dog with a reduced chance of genetic disease. It is well known in all domestic animal breedings, hybrids 50%-50% mixes of two different breeds will raise the chances of having less genetic diseases because all doubling of detrimental effects will stop in the first generation. The genetic term for this is HETEROSIS EFFECT. This effect often gives non-related individuals stronger descendants than inbreeds.

Breeders who breed these hybrid dogs have stated their goal was to get healthy and happy dogs without genetic problems. Most breeders crossing with the poodle are looking for a soft silky non-shedding coat good for allergy sufferers.

The purpose of these hybrids is not and should never be to develop a new breed. Once one goes beyond first generation purebred to purebred, you loose the heterosis effect, which is the goal for most hybrid breeders. The mother should always be the bigger of the two, to avoid puppies getting too big and complicating the delivery for the mother. It is only in this first generation, the dogs could get the benefit of the greatly demanded HETEROSIS effect, and avoid genetic diseases, which are common among purebreds and inbreeds.

Poem For A New Puppy Owner

Don't smell crotches, don't eat plants.

Don't steal food or underpants.

Don't eat my socks, don't grab my hair.

Don't rip the stuffing from that chair!

Don't eat those peas!

Don't touch that bush!

Don't chew my shoes.

What IS that mush?

Eat your cookies. Drink your drink, Outta the toilet! Outta the sink!

Away from the cat box, it's for the cat!

And MUST you kiss me after that?

Yes, raising a puppy, is not for the lazy!

Though puppies are funny, they're also quite crazy.

But don't despair, though its toil and strife.

After three years, you'll get back your life!

So, let's go for "walkies", you can "do your thing"

And perhaps I'll get back my good diamond ring!

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