Our Interview – Lauradale’s Siberians
Last week I received an email from Mrs. Gilley, a 1st grade teacher at our local school. She explained that she was putting together a unit on genetics and inherited traits for her class, and asked if we would mind providing some information on our program and what we take into consideration when planning a mating.
Sunday, I invited Mrs. Gilley out to meet myself and some of our Siberians. It was wonderful speaking with her, and giving her some information on the work that goes into planning a breeding.
Mrs. Gilley also asked if we could do a video interview, which she could show to her class in addition to photos and information I sent to her regarding how genetics effect our program, and what inherited traits we look for. In the video, I explained that our program takes structure, temperament, and health very seriously, and when we are planning a mating, these are the things we look for and strive to reproduce in our offspring.
In the end, we tried to keep it simple, as it was for 1st grade material. Mrs. Gilley asked several question in our interview, including how our puppies look like their parents and how they differ, what we looked for when planning a mating, and how knowledge of inherited traits was used to predict how the offspring of two parents would turn out.
One example I gave her was our previous litter of reds. This is a great example for two reasons. 1: With Siberians, two red parents will always produce 100% red offspring. Another great example is that blue eyes are a recessive gene. Even though the sire of this litter is blue eyed and carries many blue eyes in his lines, every puppy in this litter was brown eyed.
Another example is how puppies look like their parents. Our boy Romeo is a great example of a set “type” in offspring. Many of his puppies, especially the males, look very similar to each other and to him. Below are a few photo examples of Romeo & his offspring.
We were so thrilled to meet Mrs. Gilley and be given the opportunity to help her teach her kids about genetics and inherited traits, and how they are used in real world situations!
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