American Kennel Club AKC Breeder
Fall 2007

DNA and the Simple Sample
By Patti McDowell

NewfoundlandIt started with Evie. And the mailman.

We had not produced a puppy with sub-aortic stenosis (SAS), a genetic and congenital heart condition, in close to nine years. So, when Evie failed her puppy cardiac screening, I was devastated. Devastation quickly turned to investigation: Who is doing a study on SAS, and where should I send a DNA sample? I also realized that not only would Evie’s DNA be potentially valuable, but her sire, dam, and littermates would also be important to researchers.

But which researchers? And what about future research? If Evie died, how would I store enough DNA for research that might come down the road?

Read more.

Plus -- Read about the CHIC DNA Repository.

Pick of the Litter QuestionPick-of-the-Litter Question
What topic would be of special interest to you for an article in an upcoming issue of AKC Breeder?

Send us your answer!

Last issue’s question: Many breeders provide each new puppy buyer with a Puppy Packet that contains important papers and informational materials. If you are a breeder that gives out Puppy Packets, we would like to know what your packet contains.

See your answers here!

Developing a Family of Dogs
By Joseph D. Vergnetti, compiled by Arliss Paddock

Joseph VergnettiBreeding dogs must be a passion. A love of dogs, and of the companionship of dogs, must be strong for one to strive toward being a true breeder—to want to create something that tells everyone, “This is my interpretation of what a dog of this breed should look like.”

But before beginning toward the goal of breeding your ideal specimen, you must learn all you can. Seek out as many excellent dogs as you can, and become attuned to the finer nuances of the breed. You must see outstanding animals that will leave a lasting imprint in your mind of ideal beauty and balance. You must have a picture in your mind of what is beautiful.

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AKC Gazette, The Breeder's Banquet
By Bud Buccone

AKC GazetteThe dog game gets more complicated every day. Today’s breeder must keep abreast of legal issues, legislative matters, business methods, and breakthroughs in medicine, nutrition, and genetics that were unknown back when you first laid eyes on the breed you love.

Further complicating matters is the bewildering profusion of information technologies, and the reams of gossip and wild conjecture they convey.

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Building Bridges
By Connie Vanacore
Field SpanielA veterinarian is to a breeder what a pediatrician is to a parent. Breeders rely on veterinarians for everything, from routine vaccinations to the most sophisticated treatments for exotic diseases. Yet, purebred dog fanciers and veterinarians in general have too often maintained a wary relationship, to the detriment of both.

Over the past few years, the AKC has sought to improve the understanding of our mission by actively engaging the veterinary community in a variety of ways.

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From the AKC
This issue of AKC Breeder highlights some of the resources that The American Kennel Club both generates and supports for the purpose of assisting the responsible breeders of purebred dogs in their pursuit of breeding healthy, stable, quality puppies.

Connie Vanacore, longtime Irish Setter breeder and AKC Delegate from Irish Setter Club of America, has updated an article previously printed in the Delegates’ Perspectives newsletter outlining what is being done at the AKC to build greater rapport and involvement with veterinary schools and veterinarians.

Newfoundland breeder Patti McDowell discusses the importance of storing DNA samples and her own personal story of how she got involved. Accompanying her article is a piece by Eddie Dzuik, COO of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, on the CHIC DNA Repository.

The AKC Publications department is featured in an article which discusses the endless stream of information available to breeders and their puppy buyers through newsletters, magazines, handbooks, and other sources made available by the AKC.

The American Kennel Club’s 2003 Non-Sporting Breeder of the Year recipient, Joseph Vergnetti, writes about the passion of breeding dogs and how to go about developing a family of dogs.

Lastly, check out our Pick of the Litter responses from the previous issue and be sure to respond to this issues request for article topics for AKC Breeder that would be of special interest to you.

Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services
(212) 696-8303


"Champion" is one in a series of 26 print advertisements that appeared in the New York Times Magazine. Click for a full-page view.

AKC Mission Statement
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

  Ronald N. Rella, Director, Breeder Services