Owner's Manual The Breeder's Standard(tm) 2005 Crystal Ball Genetics Engine • 99 Crystal Ball Genetics Engine Crystal Ball – An Introduction Easily the most important question any breeder asks is What will be the result if I mate this dog and this bitch If any person or program could provide an ironclad answer, or even as ubstantially correct guess, the person would be rich, or the program’s author would be wealthy and popular. Crystal Ball is our attempt to answer the question. We provide the breeder with three tools. One is the “What-If” pedigree. You choose the dog and the bitch, and print a pedigree for the proposed mating, with 5 generations. Another is the inbreeding contribution report, which calculates each ancestor’s genetic contribution, based on its position in the pedigree and the number of times it appears. Finally, there is trait analysis. Divorcing the individual animal from the genetic contribution and looking at the traitsseparately, trait analysis is designed to give the breeder an alternative look at what traits will be passed along to puppies from any prospective mating. Note No tool can predict the exact outcome of any mating. We do not represent that the trait analysis report or any other report generated by The Breeder’s Standard 2005(tm) is able to predict the kinds of puppies which will come out of any mating. We only supply a tool to aid your judgment, and we accept no responsibility for your use of it.