linebreeding

[lahyn-bree-ding]
noun Genetics.
a form of inbreeding directed toward keeping the offspring closely related to a superior ancestor.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism; line1 + breeding

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Take linebreeding, which involves mating closely related dogs with a desired trait-perfectly droopy ears, for example.
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