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  Spring 2008  
The American Kennel Club's Newsletter for Breeders From the AKC
Field Spaniels Timing is Everything: Breeding Strategies
and the Estrous Cycle
By Arliss Paddock
Part Two: Tests, Tips, and Breeding Options Part one of this article took an overview of the bitch's estrous or heat cycle, with a look at the physical and behavioral characteristics of its four stages: proestrus, estrus, diestrus, and anestrus. With the wide variation among "normal" bitches in both the outward signs and timing of cycling, dog breeders can be left guessing when trying to determine the best time to breed their bitch. Poor timing is the major cause of missed breedings. Read more.
Anne Bowes and Pembroke Welsh Corgis Advice from the Breeder By Anne Bowes
Job of a Lifetime On the evening of December 1, 2007, 40 years after I walked onto the grounds of my first dog show, I stood with eight other recipients of the coveted AKC Breeder of the Year Award in the large ring at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. It was a thrilling and humbling experience. As I listened to the credentials of the other breeders being read to the crowd, it struck me that there was one accomplishment we had all achieved which enabled us to have been considered for this award: We had all established a breeding line in our chosen breeds which continued, through the years, to produce outstanding show dogs and producers in both conformation and performance events. Read more.
AKC Bred-By Medallion AKC Expands Bred-By Medallion Program
The American Kennel Club is pleased to introduce special medallions to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of exceptional breeders. Breeder-owner-handlers of 5 or 10 different dogs that have become champions of record who have already earned an original Bred-by-Exhibitor (BBE) Medallion through their participation in AKC events will receive the distinguished award medallions. Read more.

2007 Breeder of the Year
2007 Breeder of the Year
Miller Named 2007 Breeder of the Year
2007 Breeder of the  Year
Barbara Miller, of Max-Well Norfolk Terrier fame, was named 2007 AKC Breeder of the Year at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, California. Miller is seen above, center, flanked by Patti Strand and Walter F. Goodman. Other group recipients were, left to right, Beverely & Adrian Wanjon (Russet Leather Vizslas), Stanley D. Petter, Jr. (Hewly Greyhounds), Jean & Wayne Boyd (Rivergroves Great Pyrenees), Glynette Cass (Wesglyn Maltese), Mikki Demers (KiMik Tibetan Terriers), and Anne Bowes (Heronsway Pembroke Welsh Corgis).
Cocker Spaniel Unraveling Canine Health Problems By Margaret Pough
Any dog of any breed can have health problems. Dogs can become infected by viral and bacterial diseases, and internal and external parasites, and be exposed to environmental toxins. Is a problem seen in a puppy or an adult dog the result of an inherited trait or due to external factors such as toxins or an infectious disease?

Each individual dog in the world carries some "bad" genes that can be expressed at different times during the development of the fetus, in the growing puppy, or later in life. We breeders have a profound influence through our breeding programs. The environment in which the dog lives can influence the expression of some genes, as can nutrition and husbandry. Read more.

CARE Inside the AKC By Debra Bonnefond
Vet Outreach: Building Bridges Did you know AKC Veterinary Outreach . . .
  • Serves as the bridge between the AKC and the veterinary community
  • Administers over $170,000 annually in scholarships to veterinary students and veterinary technician students
  • Distributes The Complete Dog Book to graduating vet students at each of the 28 U.S. vet schools
  • Provides through its sponsorship a co-branded breed poster to the veterinary community free of charge
  • Oversees the AKC Veterinary Network
Read more.
Puppy The Science of Breeding by Royal Canin
Breeder's Handbook: Gestation 101 Gestation begins from fertilization of the ovum by a spermatozoon, although a breeder can really only detect this much later, around 21 days. However, even though remaining invisible from the outside, early embryonic development and implantation are crucial phases for the future puppies. Read more.
  Ronald N. Rella, Director, Breeder Services or (212) 696-8303

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© 2008 American Kennel Club

  In this issue, we inaugurate and welcome the support of AKC Breeder's new sponsor, Royal Canin.
A longtime leader in pet nutrition, Royal Canin pioneered the concept of customized diets for specific breeds and sizes of dogs and cats. Research, science, and innovation are hallmarks of Royal Canin products, and you will see strong evidence of those themes in these pages. We hope you enjoy all that is to come.

The American Kennel Club's Breeder of the Year award presentation took place on December 1 in Long Beach, California, at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, where Barbara Miller, Max-Well Norfolk Terriers, was named the AKC's 2007 Breeder of the Year.

In this issue we have the first installment of "The Science of Breeding" by Royal Canin, which deals with gestation. We have part two of last issue's well-received article on the breeding cycle of bitches. This second article deals with tests, tips, and breeding options.

Anne Bowes, the AKC's 2007 Herding Group Breeder of the Year recipient, writes on the obligations and rewards of being a responsible, dedicated breeder.

"Inside the AKC" provides an overview of the ever-expanding AKC Veterinary Outreach program. The AKC also unveils its newly expanded Bred-by-Exhibitor medallion program.

And, rounding out this issue, is an article updated from one previously written for the AKC Delegate newsletter, Perspectives, which discusses the genetic, environmental, and infectious causes of disease in canines.

As always, your input on our newsletter is greatly appreciated.

Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services

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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
  AKC Breeder articles are selected for their general interest and entertainment values. Authors’ views do not necessarily represent the policies of The American Kennel Club, nor does their publication constitute an endorsement by the AKC.