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Before you Breed

Should I Breed my Dog?

Almost everyone who owns a dog thinks about breeding it at least once. Raising a litter sounds easy and fun but having puppies isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Breeding dogs involves much more work and responsibility than most people are prepared for. Before you breed your dog, there are some important things to […]

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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

Some Thoughts on the History of Animal Breeding

If in a population there are a lot of deleterious recessive genes, then these genes in a homozygous state will work havoc. If the deleterious genes are not present, maybe purged by preceding inbreeding, they will not do any harm. But still there are genes which show a more positive effect in the heterozygous state […]

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Canine Health Schemes

Hip Dysplasia

Dysplasia literally means abnormal, so hip dysplasia literally translates as abnormal formation of the hip socket. The hip is a ball and socket joint, in a normal hip the ball fits snugly into the socket, forming a pivot point. Dogs which have a genetic predisposition for hip dysplasia are born with normal hips. However, as […]

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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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