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Questions tagged [genetics]

Biological history, parentage, pedigree, ancestral history, genetics, inter-breeding, and inherited traits of a pet.

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Is there a genealogy test for pets?

Is there a test out there like "23 and me" except for pets? Is there even anything out there like this? I would pay top-dollar to have this done. I'd like to see if my cat has any Cheeta in her.
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Can wild cottontail rabbits interbreed with domestic rabbits?

If a wild cottontail rabbit and domestic rabbit try to make babies, will they have kits? I know that horses and donkeys make mules what do domestic and cottontail rabbits make?
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The genetics of catnip susceptibility

In doing a little looking around, I found three different answers to the question: What percent of cats are susceptible to catnip? The Humane Society says "an estimated 50 percent" Scientific ...
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Why is a female orange tabby rare?

I just adopted a female orange tabby and I knew going into the adoption that they are very rare. Why is it so special for female cats to be the orange tabby colour?
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Do miniature cows with cat like agility exist?

Do miniature cows exist which can be taken as a pet in home? Ideally they should be genetically improvised to have the agility and enthusiasm of a cat. It may sound impossible but I imagine it to be ...
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Do most pedigree dogs retain the personality traits of their ancestors?

Retrievers get their name from being excellent hunting companions, just as Shepherds are excellent herding dogs. However, the modern pedigree breeding business selects dogs for beauty and ...
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How to test one deaf ear of a cat?

A dominant white cat with blue eyes is said to be at high risk of being deaf. (Here the "dominant" refers to the white color gene, not behaviour.) In case of a white cat with odd eyes, the ear on the ...
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How can I describe my cat (color/breed/type)?

I am trying to figure out what type of cat I have. My cat is a male, tuxedo, cat and I think he's a tabby, but how can I figure it out?
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How to find a dog breed that will not suffer hip issues due to slippery floors and steep staircases and the like?

I know that some dog breeds are more prone for hip issues than others, and those can be aggravated by them having to climb stairs or walking on slippery floors. When selecting a dog breed, what can I ...
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Do Boxers have a tendency towards Cherry-eye and gland-expression issues?

My question is just what's in the title. I was under the impression that Boxers were one of the type of dogs that have that gland near their anus that can cause them serious discomfort, as well as ...
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How vulnerable are crossbred (hybrid) dogs to genetic disease?

Most purebred dogs are prone to breed-specific diseases, for example, hip dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers. Mixed-breed (mongrel) dogs are said to be less prone to genetic diseases than purebred dogs ...