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Table 2 Suggested methods to increase genetic variation within breeds and proposed implementation

From: Moving from information and collaboration to action: report from the 4th international dog health workshop, Windsor in May 2019

Type of method When to use Breeds to be used for interbreeding/cross- breeding Time frame
Open studbooks/interbreeding Recommended for all breeds Closely related breeds and/or breeds with a common breeding goal Long term
Cross-breeding projects; i.e. well-designed, with clear goals and outcomes; controlled and monitored. To increase genetic diversity and/or introduce/improve desired genetic traits Breeds possessing the desired trait Limited/specified time period