Feed her for their criticial development needs from gestation through weaning.
Summer 2010
Matching Your Puppies with the Best Homes
Matching Your Puppies With the Best Prospective Homes
By Arliss Paddock
Part One: Reaching and Screening Potential Owners While screening prospective homes for a litter of English Cocker Spaniel puppies several years ago, I had a memorable phone conversation with a caller who was inquiring about a pet puppy. This person was of that especially challenging category: He’d never had a dog. He had decided it was time, though, and he’d earnestly done research on dog breeds and responsible ownership.

We had a pleasant initial chat about the breed and its proper care and were about to hang up when, after a pause, he offered a final question, with great concern in his voice. “If the dog had been on the sofa, and then I sat on the sofa afterward, would I get dog hair on my pants?” Read more.

A Passion for Excellence
After 40 years, Jean Boyd of Rivergroves Great Pyrenees still seeks that special something.  A lifetime of love and commitment to Great Pyrenees started for me as a child’s simple love of dogs. While most children’s interest change as they mature, mine evolved to a rewarding career of breeding and showing a magnificent breed. My foundation pair produced 15 champions, including Ch. Rivergroves Crusher’s Re-Run, my first homebred Best in Show dog. From these two dogs, Rivergroves has been able to genetically continue a successful breeding program to the current dogs of today. Read more.
The Science of Breeding by Royal Canin
Breeder's Handbook: Maternal Behavior One of the best traits a bitch can have in the eyes of a breeder is good mothering ability. Unfortunately, the mothering behavior of the bitch or the female relatives of the stud dog (especially mothers and daughters) is not often a primary consideration when choosing the dogs to be bred. Mothering ability has a strong hereditary aspect, but other factors exert influence as well. Read more.
AKC Companion Animal Recovery
CAR Has 400,000 Good Reasons to Do the Right Thing ID works! There are several instances where your dog or a puppy you’ve sold may turn up missing. From devastating weather to a gate that was inadvertently left open, pets may somehow become disconnected from you. AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR), founded in 1995, is the nation’s largest nonprofit pet ID and recovery service, serving pet owners, clubs, vets, shelters, and of course, our AKC breeders. Since CAR’s inception, almost 400,000 lost pets have been reunited with their owners through their microchips, tattoos, or CAR collar tags. Read more.
CHF Releases New Health Conference Videos
The AKC Canine Health Foundation has released two new videos in a series recorded at the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference, held in St. Louis. The releases—“Canine Cancer & Comparative Genomics: New Technologies, New Opportunities” (Dr. Matthew Breen) and “Canine Herpesvirus-1: A New Pathogenic Role for an Old Virus” (Dr. Eric Ledbetter)—complete the 10-part series of videos archived here.

Read more about the series.

Genome Barks Podcasts
Here is a list of podcasts currently in the Genome Barks Library.
Remember, a new podcast is released every two weeks.

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

© 2010 American Kennel Club

From Royal Canin we have in this issue a most informative article on canine maternal behavior. In the eyes of a breeder, good mothering ability is without a doubt the number-one trait a quality bitch can have. Mothering behavior has a definite hereditary aspect, but learn about the other factors that influence it as well.

Our feature article is on the matching of puppies with the right families. This issue's first installment on the topic centers on the reaching and screening of potential owners. Next issue's concluding article will discuss the assessing of puppy personalities and how to best match each pup with the right home.

"Advice from the Breeder": Jean Boyd, half of the American Kennel Club Breeder of the Year's 2007 Working Group recipient-team, shares how she has kept the passion alive with her and her husband, Wayne's, involvement with their breed and the sport of purebred dogs in general.

"Inside AKC" spotlights AKC Companion Animal Recovery. Founded in 1995, it is the nation's largest nonprofit pet ID and recovery service, serving pet owners, clubs, vets, shelters, and of course our AKC breeders. Read how and why it works.

And finally from the Canine Health Foundation, information on the latest videos released as part of the series from their 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.

Don't forget to check out our listings of Genome Barks Podcast and Breeder's Symposia. Both are excellent, first-rate sources of education for all breeders, novice and experienced alike.

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.