Inbreeding is the hybridization of closely related individuals. All dog breeds were created due to inbreeding of related individuals, because such inbreeding allows relatively fast fixation of selected genes in the population. Inbreeding presents a significant risk in case genes causing genetic diseases to occur in the population. These diseases are usually found only in recessive homozygotes. It is inbreeding that precisely leads to the higher probability of emergence of recessive homozygotes, and thus to an increase in the number of individuals affected by the disease. However, if such genes do not occur in a particular population, even a high degree of inbreeding poses no risk.
Today we talk about Dog Breeding, a book by Evzen Korec published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Evzen Korec to get to know him better and what particular personal experiences find expression in his book Dog Breeding.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Was the idea for this book born at a particular moment? What was that?
The book is a continuation of my previous book “How to prolong your dog’s life”. As I was writing this book I was already planning to write another one, which would contain topics that weren’t mentioned in the first book. The book “How to prolong your dog’s life” was very successful due to the reader’s evaluation. At first it was published only in Czech in a print run of 10 000 copies and less than a year after the start of the sale it was almost sold out. The most important reason for writing the book “Dog breeding” was to acquaint readers with the latest scientific knowledge in the field of dog breeding. It summarizes research and studies regarding dog genetics, bitch mating and the birthing of puppies and their subsequent care.
- What particularly significant experiences in your life find expression in your book?
The book describes my long experience as a breeder and owner of the kennel Korec Corso and also my experience with breeding from the point of view of my position as the chairman of the Cane Corso Club. The book also contains my experience as the director of the Zoo Tábor. Very important findings are based on the research of our research group at the Zoo Tábor which I lead. This group in cooperation with the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences conducts molecular genetic research aimed at identifying genes affecting longevity in dogs. Much of the knowledge in the book comes from sharing the experiences from top kennels from around the world.
- What would you like to hear from your readers?
I would very much like to hear if the book brought them new knowledge which then enabled them to improve their dog breeding. I would be happy if the English version received the same positive response from the readers as the Czech version. I received many positive reactions to the book from readers in the Czech Republic. I also noticed several positive reactions to the German version of the book, which was published 2 weeks ago. Readers appreciated the fact that the book is written in a comprehensible way, despite the fact that it describes complex topics and that they can easily get familiar with information that is not easily available.
- How did it feel to see your book published?
The book “Dog breeding” was first published in Czech Republic and it was my seventh book to be published. Due to the fact that the Czech edition was highly successful and 5000 copies were sold within a few months of its release, I decided to offer the book to publishers from 20 countries to be published in 20 other languages around the world. I was particularly happy with the English edition. The book was also published in a German version for the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. It has been agreed with a Spanish publishing house that the book will be published in Spain for the Spanish and South American markets.
- Are you planning to write more books on the same topic or genre?
I have published 7 books in Czech so far. I would like to mention four of them in more detail. The book “How I rescued the Zoo in Tábor” describes the rescue of the zoo in Tábor in 2015. The zoo went into insolvency and threatened to kill many rare animals. The zoo was saved and today it belongs to some of the successful Czech zoos. The book “Nightlife at the Zoo Tábor” is a very popular book for children that tells the stories of the animals at the zoo. The book “How to prolong your dog’s life” is a successful book, 10 000 copies were printed and they were almost sold out within a year from the start of the sale. The book “Dog breeding” is my last book, which I hope to be published in 20 languages. I am planning another book on the subject of dogs that I plan to finish within the next 2 years.
Europe Books thanks the author Evzen Korec once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside him on the editorial path that led to the publication of his book Dog Breeding. We wish him the best of luck for his book and for his future works.
To you, my dear reader, I wish you that this book will provide you with useful tips on how to improve your relationship with your dog and learn how to better manage your dog breeding. Improving our life with our dogs, thanks to useful and constructive suggestions, also allow us to live a better daily routine. Word of those who every day try to build a relationship of great trust and without stress with their puppies and dogs.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy this very interesting and useful reading!