Inbreeding father and daughter?

I'm thinking about buying a whippet puppy, the breeder tells me she bred the father to the daughter. Is that safe? Should I move on to another breeder? The parents do look beautiful.

Asked by Member 987688 on May 18th 2010 Tagged inbreeding, whippet in Puppies
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You at least need to ask plenty more questions. There are times when better breeders will inbreed in order to concentrate good traits. In general, it is a bad idea. Ask lot of questions. Do some research on Whippets and common genetic problems. Does the breeder test for them? Has the breeder successfully entered them in competitions? Scoring well in both conformation and something else is good. Are the parents well behaved? Perhaps we need to ask breeders if the parents passed their CGC. It is an easy test and no dog that failed it ever should be bred.

Aster answered on May 18th.

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I agree with the first answer ask alot of questions and if you can vist them in person to make sure it is not a puppy mill.

Member 758309 answered on 5/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Good question and some good answers given. Yes reputable profesional breeders will sometime inbreed in order to fix a trait or maintain it. BUT, backyard breeders and puppymills practice careless breeding just for profit. Honestly please consider adopting or rescuing a dog. With dedication and the right research you will find your ideal dog. maybe even a pure bred whippet. There are specific whippet rescue organizations. Good luck.

Baxter answered on 5/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I know alot of breeders do do that to kept a certain favorable trait but just like with people, inbreeding can lead to problems. Just like with people. The closer the relationship the bigger the risk. And father and daughter is a pretty close relationship...Its not guaranteed there will be a problem but i think theres the potential

Kota answered on 5/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


as a breeders general rule, brother sister breeding is frowned upon father daughter breeding is not something most will mess with as the consequences can be severe. then you have line-breeding where grandfather granddaughter is done often to strengthen a positive trait and is safe. be careful with inbred dogs as they have tendencies toward mental instability and neurological diseases.

Twitch answered on 5/20/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer