Feed her for their criticial development needs from gestation through weaning.
Fall 2010
Labrador Retriever
Matching Your Puppies With the Best Prospective Homes
By Arliss Paddock
Part Two: Ensuring a Happy Future for Puppy and Owner It is our mandate as breeders to do all we can to help ensure that every pup who leaves us will have ahead of him a happy, healthy life where he is cherished, given ample attention, suitably matched with his owner’s personality and lifestyle, kept safe, and cared for well and responsibly. These are the conditions we must strive to ensure above all; only secondarily can we then focus on hoped-for future directions for the pup, such as success in conformation, performance, or companion events, accomplishments as a service or therapy dog, and so on. Read more.
English Setter
Whelping Accomplished. Now What?
Stagedoor's Joan Savage walks us through those crucial first 8 weeks.  I am honored to be asked to write an article for the AKC about breeding. I take breeding dogs seriously. Many have written about how they choose the sire and dams. I have had my best luck with line breeding, keeping in mind genotype, phenotype and, of course, the health clearances. That really narrows the playing field, and it’s why we find ourselves every year at the nationals looking for stud dogs!

Once you have the breeding lined up, and the breeding goes well, the pregnancy goes well, and the whelping goes well, you now have the culmination of all of your hard work and best laid plans on the ground. Now the real work begins. Read more.

The Science of Breeding by Royal Canin
Breeder's Handbook: Supporting the Immune System in the Weanling Puppy Immunity is an intricate, complicated, and fascinating process. The immune system relies on several factors to optimize appropriate responses and productivity. In the weanling puppy, there are several challenges to the developing immune system, and nutrition can play a substantial role in the success of its development. Read more.
Wire Fox Terrier
Even AKC Has Gone "3D"
Finding New Ways to Discover, Develop, and Drive Registrations The number of dogs the AKC registers annually has been declining for some time. The reasons for the decline vary from increased competition from smaller, less restrictive, and less expensive registries to the negative influence of animal-rights groups toward breeding purebred dogs, and the general downturn of the economy. During this downward trend, all eyes at the AKC have been focused on the question, How do we solve the problem of falling registrations?

But before reflecting on AKC attempts at solving the problem, it is important to consider some of the reasons why registrations are so important. Read more.

The Graduates
The Graduates
AKC Veterinary Scholarship winners talk about their careers and their dogs. As the need for talented veterinarians continues to skyrocket, so does the price of their training. In the United States, one year at some veterinary schools can cost about $50,000.

“One of the major issues facing our profession is that current salaries are not keeping pace with student debt load,” says Jim Jackson, DVM, a veterinarian at Spring Oaks Animal Care Center, Deland, Florida. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that the mean student debt for veterinary-school graduates is roughly $120,000. Read more.

Meet the Breeds

Ronald N. Rella, Director, Breeder Services
AKCbreeder@akc.org or (212) 696-8303

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Meet the Breeds, hosted by The American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers' Association, will return to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, October 16 and 17. Last year's 36,000 attendees enjoyed 200 individually decorated official breed booths that allowed pet lovers to interact with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, and learn about their history and unique attributes directly from the experts. In addition, there will again be numerous vendor booths and ongoing demonstrations. Don't miss the "World's Largest Showcase of Dogs and Cats," presented by Pet Partners.

The AKC has announced its 2010 Breeder of the Year group recipients: Gregory Siner, Sporting Group (Pooles Ide Irish Water Spaniels); Debbie Butt, Hound Group (Sporting Field Whippets); Michelle Santana, Working Group (Foxfire Doberman Pinschers); Margery Good, Terrier Group (Goodspice Sealyham Terriers); Carol Harris, Toy Group (Bo-Bett Italian Greyhounds); Joanne Reed, Non-Sporting Group (Windrift Keeshonden); and Leslie Frank, Herding Group (Propwash Australian Shepherds). Congratulations to these well-deserving honorees!

In this issue of AKC Breeder, our feature article is "Matching Your Puppies With the Best Prospective Homes." Part Two addresses ways of best ensuring a happy future for both puppies and new owners. From "Inside the AKC" we have information on AKC's new Registration Development department and how they are working to find new ways to discover, develop, and drive AKC registrations. Also from AKC, there is an article reprinted from the Gazette on past AKC Veterinary Scholarship winners.

The AKC 2008 Breeder of the Year, Joan Savage, walks us through a litter's crucial first eight weeks in "Advice from the Breeder." And lastly, from Royal Canin we have "Supporting the Immune System in the Weanling Puppy."

Your comments are always appreciated.

Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services

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.