It’s kind of like mutts tend to be healthy because the parents — maybe a beagle and a Labrador retriever — were only remotely related as dogs.
Compare that to a purebred German shephard, for example, where the offspring have been bred back to the parents or close relatives repeatedly.
The breed has been inbred so much that genetic defects — in this case, hip problems — have been enhanced.
Here’s where it becomes more complicated and sometimes more difficult for consumers to swallow.
Plums and apricots, for example, are members of the same botanical family and can be hybridized, resulting in pluots, plumcots or apriums.
In the dog world, it would be similar to the labradoodle, a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle.
Labradors and poodles are still dogs, just not close relatives.
Which brings up the question: Is plant breeding going to the dogs?
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