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Before you Breed

So You Want to Breed

The first question you should be asking yourself is, “WHY do I want to breed?” There is much more to having a litter of puppies than just putting two dogs together. Everybody knows there are breeders and then there are breeders! A responsible breeder will ensure that they raise healthy, well-adjusted puppies which will eventually […]

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Becoming a Dog Breeder

The Brood Bitch

If you are serious about breeding, and wish to do so responsibly and to a high standard, then there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration. These standards apply to all breedings, especially those of puppies intended to be “just” pets (or, in other words, life-long and very important members of […]

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Canine Breeding Schemes

Breeding Schemes

Breeders often talk about inbreeding and outcrossing as though they were the only possibilities — and generally with negative comments about the latter. There are other possibilities, and I have long been a proponent of assortative mating. It is not a theoretical concept that doesn’t work in practice; I know several breeders who do it […]

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Canine Health Schemes

Hip Dysplasia and Scoring in the UK

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Kennel Club in the UK (TKC) have joined together to run a hip scoring scheme for breeders, in order to test for canine hip dysplasia, the most common inherited joint problem of large breed dogs. This current system came into effect in 1984. Dogs are scored from the […]

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Canine Genetics

Basic Genetic Concepts

Introduction Most of you are undoubtedly aware that color and certain diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) are inherited – that is, passed down from one or both the parents. However, you may wonder how a trait that does not appear in the dam’s pedigree can suddenly turn up in a litter out of […]

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