The line-breeding chart to the left shows a common

method of crossing a paternal (buck) and maternal

(doe) line. Blue represents the paternal line and red

represents the maternal line.

"A" (buck) and "B" (doe) are the two original

rabbits the breeder is starting with.

"A" and "B" are bred together, producing the litter

"C" (doe) and "D" (buck). The litter has 1/2 of the

paternal and 1/2 of the maternal lines and is the "F1"

generation.

"C" is bred back to her sire "A" which produces the

doe "E". "E" has 3/4 of the paternal and 1/4 of the

maternal line. "E" is an "F2" generation litter.

"D" is bred back to his dam "B" which produces the

buck "F". "F" has 3/4 of the maternal line and 1/4 of

the paternal line. "F" is an "F2" generation litter.

The doe "E" is bred back to the original sire "A"

producing the buck "G" who is 7/8 of the paternal

and 1/8 of the maternal line. "G" is an "F3"

generation litter.

The buck "F" is bred back to the original dam "B"

producing the doe "H" who is 7/8 of the maternal

and 1/8 of the paternal line. "G" is an "F3"

generation litter.

method of crossing a paternal (buck) and maternal

(doe) line. Blue represents the paternal line and red

represents the maternal line.

"A" (buck) and "B" (doe) are the two original

rabbits the breeder is starting with.

"A" and "B" are bred together, producing the litter

"C" (doe) and "D" (buck). The litter has 1/2 of the

paternal and 1/2 of the maternal lines and is the "F1"

generation.

"C" is bred back to her sire "A" which produces the

doe "E". "E" has 3/4 of the paternal and 1/4 of the

maternal line. "E" is an "F2" generation litter.

"D" is bred back to his dam "B" which produces the

buck "F". "F" has 3/4 of the maternal line and 1/4 of

the paternal line. "F" is an "F2" generation litter.

The doe "E" is bred back to the original sire "A"

producing the buck "G" who is 7/8 of the paternal

and 1/8 of the maternal line. "G" is an "F3"

generation litter.

The buck "F" is bred back to the original dam "B"

producing the doe "H" who is 7/8 of the maternal

and 1/8 of the paternal line. "G" is an "F3"

generation litter.

At this point in the breeding program, the 7/8 "F3" generations can be crossed to each. The buck "G"

will be bred to the doe "H" producing the "F4" generation litter "I" which contains 1/2 of the paternal and

1/2 of the maternal line.

"J" is a new buck that will now be introduced by breeding to the doe "I" producing litter "K" which has

1/2 of the new paternal line, 1/4 of the original paternal line and 1/4 of the original maternal line. Litter

"K" can now be bred to "G" and "H" beginning the process over again now using "G" and "H" to breed

subsequent offspring back to.

If a trio was used to start the original herd, two separate lines can be started with each original doe, and

the two lines crossed when reaching the "F3" generation.

will be bred to the doe "H" producing the "F4" generation litter "I" which contains 1/2 of the paternal and

1/2 of the maternal line.

"J" is a new buck that will now be introduced by breeding to the doe "I" producing litter "K" which has

1/2 of the new paternal line, 1/4 of the original paternal line and 1/4 of the original maternal line. Litter

"K" can now be bred to "G" and "H" beginning the process over again now using "G" and "H" to breed

subsequent offspring back to.

If a trio was used to start the original herd, two separate lines can be started with each original doe, and

the two lines crossed when reaching the "F3" generation.

purposes.

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