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Evaluating Your Litter
By Arliss Paddock
Part Two: Tips and Insights from Top Breeders Learning how to evaluate your puppies is one of a breeder’s most daunting challenges—and no matter how long you’ve been breeding, there’s always more to learn. In Part One, several top breeders shared their comments on puppy evaluation. Following, we continue as more breeders offer their thoughts and advice on this important topic. Read more.
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Buffy Stamm
Advice from the Breeder By Buffy Stamm
Great Scots! On the day I was notified of my selection as the 2008 AKC Terrier Breeder of the Year, I confess, my first thought was not of the honor of the award, but the horror of shopping for a formal dress for a very little, old lady. That problem, like so many others, was solved by my longtime friend and Anstamm Kennels partner, Cindy Cooke. She tracked down a dress shop in nearby Holland, Michigan, and within minutes of entering the shop, I had the perfect dress. Now I could relax enough to contemplate my more than five decades in this sport. Read more.
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Inside the AKC
AKC Performance Events AKC Performance Events provide a means to evaluate a dog’s ability in the field. Performance events include both tests and trials. In tests, a dog’s performance is judged against an established standard. It is a pass/fail event. In trials, a dog’s performance is judged against that of the other competitors. Dogs are placed first through fourth.

Most people new to performance events enjoy entering a test as the first step. Tests are divided into skill levels in order to accommodate different degrees of training and experience. A good way to get started is to watch a test in order to become comfortable with the setting and requirements. Read more.

Preventable Parasites Spring is traditionally the time of year when owners have their pets’ blood tested for heartworm disease. Why? Because dogs who were exposed to heartworm-carrying mosquitoes last summer will begin to show symptoms of the disease in March or April. It takes about eight months for the parasites, which the mosquito injects into the bloodstream of the dog, to reach the heart and lungs, where they are transformed into adult heartworms. Even though dogs have been on the medication regularly, veterinarians recommend testing every year because the preventative may not be 100 percent effective. Read more.
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Breeder"s Handbook: Fetal Development and Birth Defects As soon as fertilization occurs within the oviducts, genetic programming takes over. A chemical reaction, triggered by the penetration of a sperm into the cytoplasm of the egg, causes the outer covering to bind the surface, preventing another sperm from imbedding. After approximately 12 hours the first cellular division occurs, beginning the miraculous creation of a puppy. The divisions repeat every 12 hours, until at the 16-cell stage has migrated to the uterine horn. Read more.

Upcoming AKC–AKC CHF Breeders Symposia
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September 19 -- Enid, OK
November 7 -- Philadelphia, PA

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In this issue of AKC Breeder, we have part two of an article on "Evaluating Your Litter," containing lots of thoughts and advice from some top AKC breeders on this important subject. From our sponsor, Royal Canin, we have valuable information on "Fetal Development and Birth Defects in Dogs" written by Dr. Bretaigne Jones, DVM.

From our AKC Breeder of the Year contributors, we have Miriam "Buffy" Stamm, of the premier "Anstamm" Scottish Terrier fame, discussing the importance of great stud dogs, outcrosses, and her over 50 years of breeding Scotties in general.

"Inside AKC" brings us a piece written by the AKC's AVP of Performance Events, Doug Ljungren, on the sport of performance and the importance of evaluating dogs on how well they perform the function for which they were originally bred. This is accompanied by a short article on the ultimate gundog accomplishment, "the dual dog."

Finally, we have an article titled "Preventable Parasites" by Chair of the AKC Delegates Canine Health Committee, Connie Vanacore. In March, Mrs. Vanacore was honored by AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung for the many years and important roles she has served as part of the AKC Delegate Body.

Enjoy this issue, and feel free to share with me your suggestions and thoughts.

Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services

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