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Before you Breed

To Breed or Not to Breed

So you think you want to breed a litter of puppies. There are some important questions to ask before you take that first big step. The first, and perhaps most important, question is “Why?”. The answers will be as varied as the people who own dogs. Do you want to have a puppy “just like” […]

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Becoming a Dog Breeder

What is a Responsible Breeder?

A responsible breeder… breeds dogs because they admire a breed, never just for money, and is dedicated to promoting and protecting their chosen breed takes the responsibility of breeding dogs very seriously is proud of their dogs and is always pleased to show them ALL off and talk about them has spent time researching their […]

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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

The Effects of Genetic Testing: Constructive or Destructive?

Every breed has genetic disorders. Finding tests that identify carriers of the genes which cause these disorders is a goal in all breeds. Once a genetic test is found, however, it is a double-edged sword: Its use can enable breeders to improve a breed or devastate it. Without genetic tests, the number of dogs that […]

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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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