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Winter 2009
Whelping Preparedness: What to Expect, What to Do, and When to Call the Vet
By Arliss Paddock
Part One: Whelping Tips From Experienced Breeders Pre-planning can be a significant factor leading to a successful whelping. Breeder Jill Warren, of Esthete English Setters, notes that progesterone testing during the female's heat cycle provides a very important reference point—the expected whelping date. “Progesterone testing is invaluable in predicting when the puppies should be born,” she explains, “and in therefore allowing you to determine if you have preemies or if the bitch is so long past her due date that you should take her to the vet.” Read more.
The Passionate Breeder By Doug Johnson
What do you do when you reach the top of the mountain? Find another mountain.  One of my favorite things about the sport of purebred dogs is the colorful cast of characters that populate it. And when this unique group discusses dogs, it often gets heated quickly. But I think I know why: We are all passionate about the dogs we love. From Yorkies and Poodles to Huskies and Foxhounds, we adore everything about them and our sport. Read more.
AKC Launches "Weekly Wins Gallery"
The American Kennel Club has created a new weekly e-mail publication, entitled "AKC Weekly Wins Gallery," which features win shots from AKC sanctioned events. The first issue is a tribute to AKC/Eukanuba National Championship winners and features win shots of some of America's top dogs.

Visit this page to view the National Championship edition of "AKC Weekly Wins Gallery" and learn how your dogs can be included in this exclusive, high profile showcase sent to over 100,000 members of the fancy. For further questions and information contact Samantha Smith at 212-696-8259 or

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
Inside the AKC
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® A concern of every responsible breeder is that the puppies sold to owners will be going to good homes where they are cared for, provided with basic training, and loved. Many first-time puppy owners want to be responsible, but they just don't know where to start.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get puppy owners and their puppies off to a good start. AKC S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) Puppy is an incentive program for loving owners who have taken the time to put their puppies through a basic training class. Read more.

AKC Provides More Flexibility to Breeders
Breeders Spoke and We Listened! Full Litter Registration, the popular program designed for breeders to individually register all the puppies in the litter to themselves at the time of litter registration for a reduced fee, has been improved!

Many of you reported a reluctance to use the Full Litter Registration because of the inability to change registration status from Full to Limited if a puppy from the litter was eventually determined to be unsuitable for breeding. We listened and the process has now been changed. Read more.

Canine Influenza
Cornell's Dr. Edward J. Dubovi reports on the latest in precautions, testing, and treatment. Influenza virus was first identified as an infectious disease of dogs in 2004. The first isolation of the virus was done at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell, in conjunction with a study conducted by the University of Florida on respiratory disease in racing Greyhounds. The virus was sequenced at the CDC. It was determined that the virus was related to the H3N8 equine virus then circulating in horses in the United States. Specific genetic differences between the equine viruses and the virus from canines defined the virus as a unique canine influenza virus (CIV). Read more.
Advice from the Breeder
De-Li's Lilian Ostermiller urges breeders to meet the people who "meet the breeds." Having gotten the assignment to write for AKC Breeder, I opted to focus on the successful “Meet the Breeds” event in October at New York City’s Javits Center. I was amazed by how the 160 breeds were showcased, some simple and others with elaborate backdrops and costumes of the place of origin. All representatives were smiling and helpful, with lots of educational handouts for the interested visitors. Most impressive were the well-mannered dogs and, yes, even puppies, brought for the spectators to get a “hands-on” experience. My plea to breeders: Please partake in such events. At the event in New York, 36,000 visitors were searching for help and education. What a deal for any breeder! Read more.
Royal Canin Breeder's Handbooks The Science of Breeding by Royal Canin
Breeder's Handbook: Lactation The most nutritionally stressful period in the life of a dog is while nursing a litter of puppies. Depending on the size of the litter, the bitch’s nutritional needs can be 300 percent of her normal non-pregnant maintenance need at the peak of lactation.

The nursing puppies are totally dependent upon the mother’s milk for the first four weeks of life. It is vitally important that the quality and quantity of the bitch’s milk be optimal throughout lactation. There are many factors that can directly affect lactation, both positively and negatively. Read more.

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

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In October, The American Kennel Club hosted 36,000 people over two days at Meet the Breeds in New York City. With the participation of nearly 200 dog clubs and the support of over 100 vendors and 16 sponsors, the event was an unqualified success, featuring more than 115,000 square feet of festivities. Read AKC's 2008 Breeder of the Year Working Group recipient Lilian Ostermiller's view on the importance of such educational initiatives. Our second "Advice from the Breeder" column this issue is from renowned breeder Doug Johnson, our 2005 Breeder of the Year Sporting Group recipient, on the many ways we keep the passion alive as breeders in the sport of purebred dogs.

From the Royal Canin's Breeder Handbook we have an article by Dr. Bretaigne Jones on the topic of lactation.

This issue's "Inside AKC" piece is on the AKC's exciting new S.T.A.R. Puppy program written by Mary Burch, Director of AKC Canine Good Citizen®.

In addition, we have an article on Canine Influenza by Dr. Edward J. Dubovi, director of the virology laboratory at Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center. And of course our feature story is Part Two in our "Whelping Preparedness" series: "Whelping Tips From Experienced Breeders."

I hope that you will find this issue of AKC Breeder to be both enjoyable and educational.

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.