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Summer 2008
Gordon Setter The Dual Breeder: Breeding for Both
Conformation and Performance
By Arliss Paddock
Part One: Dogs Doing What They Were Bred to Do Legendary judge Anne Rogers Clark and her husband, James Clark, once bred and owned a Standard Poodle bitch they nicknamed “Horse” because she was very tall and elegant. Ch. Rimskittle Rampant went on to win Best of Variety at the Poodle national, and several Bests in Show, and placed twice in the group at Westminster. Once Horse was retired from the ring, the Clarks cut down her coat and decided to work her in the field a bit that following summer. She learned to retrieve a bumper on land, then to do water retrieves in the nearby river, and by fall was finally ready to be tried on real birds. Read more.
Damara Bolte Advice from the Breeder By Damara Bolté
Striving to Improve Looking back over 50 years of involvement with Basenjis brings many happy memories to mind. The amount of breeding I have done has necessarily been limited to time, space, and outlet. The first two qualifications are easily understood by most. Outlet may be defined as destination or market. In other words, where are these puppies to go, where will one find good homes? Early on, this was even more of a problem in that the breed was relatively unknown and, to be truthful, it is not an easy breed. Read more.
Matthew Breen Developing a National Canine Cancer
Biospecimen Repository
By Matthew Breen, Ph.D.
In June 2004, an informal grouping of veterinary and medical oncologists, pathologists, surgeons, geneticists, and molecular and cellular biologists attended a meeting hosted by Boston's Broad Institute.

These investigators shared a common interest: the comparative study of canine and human genomics and cancer. With the availability of the canine genome, they sought to utilize the defined genetics of the companion animal to better understand the biology of cancer, to provide a forum to share ideas and resources, and to guide the development of novel technologies. Read more.

Tony Cabrera & Fabian Arienti Advice from the Breeder By Tony Cabrera and Fabián Arienti
The Matchmakers Breeding beautiful, healthy animals for competition can be very challenging. Our breeding program started in 1987 as the result of a phone call from a friend who asked us to accompany him while he went to see a puppy. We went, and from that day on our lives were changed forever.

This particular breeder produced show dogs. While our friend did end up purchasing the puppy, we asked most of the questions. We found the show dogs fascinating and beautiful, and we wanted to know more about them. We kept in touch with the breeder, and she eventually invited us to a show. We went, and that was it—we were bitten by the show bug. The breeder was the late Mrs. Mary Lou Porlick, our mentor for many years. Read more.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day Inside the AKC By Lisa Peterson
Communications: Spreading the Word about AKC You may be home watching TV when all of sudden an AKC spokesperson appears on a program, or you may spot a quote in your local newspaper from a reputable breeder, or even hear on the radio a lively debate regarding canine legislation featuring a club legislative liaison. All these scenarios are either created or influenced in some way by AKC Communications (sometimes called "public relations"). Our department handles both media relations and corporate communications to the public and the fancy. Read more.
The Science of Breeding by Royal Canin
Breeder's Handbook: Whelping Reminders In order to have an accurate idea of the date of whelping, it is essential to know the time of ovulation. Gestation in bitches lasts 63 days on average across all breeds. However, its apparent duration, i.e., the interval between mating and whelping, may vary from 56 to over 70 days. Many females will accept the male well before ovulation, so mating is possible relatively early. Due to the long survival rate of sperm in the uterus (sometimes up to a week), a bitch may be mated but not actually fertilized until a week later. This makes the duration of gestation appear quite long, although it obviously does not correspond to the actual duration. Read more.

Upcoming AKC–AKC CHF Breeders Symposia
June 28 & 29
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

August 2 & 3
Doubletree Hotel
East Syracuse, New York

For more information, contact Ron Rella,, 212-696-8303; or Erika Werne,; 888-692-9696

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

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  The second part of "The Science of Breeding," from our new sponsor, Royal Canin, will take you from calculating the whelping date, through the stages of whelping, to the actual birth of the puppies.

Regular contributor and English Cocker Spaniel breeder Arliss Paddock brings us part one of her article "The Dual Breeder," focusing on breeding for both conformation and performance.

From our AKC Breeder of the Year contributors, we have Damara Bolté sharing the insight and expertise of her 50 years in the sport of purebred dogs. Damara is both an AKC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in the Conformation category and a Breeder of the Year Hound Group honoree. Our second "Advice from the Breeder" column is by Tony Cabrera and Fabián Arienti, representing the Toy Group. They share we us their viewpoints on how to select foundation stock.

From the Delegates' newsletter, Perspectives, we have reprinted an interesting and informative article by Matthew Breen, Ph.D., on the development of a national canine-cancer biospecimen repository. Finally, Lisa Peterson gives us a brief overview of how AKC Communications helps promote the sport of purebred dogs and recognize the AKC breeders.

I hope that you will enjoy this issue, and as always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services

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
  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.