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Spring 2012
Pluis Davern
Helping Dogs, Helping People
A Conversation with Breeder of the Year and AKC Breeder of Merit Pluis Davern
By Arliss Paddock
In Orlando last December, the huge crowd at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship roared its approval as Pluis Davern, of Sundowners Sussex Spaniels in Royal Oaks, California, was named 2011 AKC Breeder of the Year. The annual award honors breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament, and quality of purebred dogs. Pluis also holds the distinction of being an AKC Breeder of Merit participant. This program recognizes those experienced, responsible breeders who are dedicated to breeding beautiful purebred dogs whose appearance, temperament, and ability are true to their breed.
Government Relations
Inside AKC
Gov. Relations Delivers for Responsible Breeders
Last year was another good news – bad news story. The good news is the AKC Government Relations team had another record-breaking year working on your behalf to counter responsible breeder threats.

The bad news is adverse breeder legislation continues to surge at all government levels, both in the number of laws and their intensity. In 2011, we tracked approximately 1,300 bills and regulations, taking action on any issues that threaten the rights of responsible breeders and dog owners at the federal, state, and local levels.
Canine Reproductive Science by Royal Canin
Your Partner in Reproductive Science by Royal Canin
Skin Health and Allergies in Dogs
by Melinda Fleming, DVM
While skin may seem like a simple structure, it is actually quite complex and contains eight different layers. The skin is referred to as the integumentary system and is the largest of all the bodily systems. Without healthy skin a beautiful hair coat is not possible; and for those dogs that are hairless, having skin in optimum condition is even more important...
K9 Advantix II
Breed Dogs, Not Pests
The Importance of Repellency
Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can transmit disease-causing organisms to dogs, but new or first-time pet owners most likely don't know that. Here's a simple step you can tell new pet owners about the importance of repelling and killing fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

Recommend tick, flea and other pest protection with K9 Advantix II starting at 7 weeks of age.
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.

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The Whelping Box
An excerpt from "Breeding: Art and Science?" the March 2012 AKC Gazette breed column by Marjorie Wikerd, Tibetan Terrier Club of America:

If breeding dogs were a purely scientific endeavor, it would seem that almost anyone could learn the methodology and get it right most of the time. Why, then do we hear of the breeding that failed to produce in spite of its beautiful pedigree? For starters, it isn't pieces of paper or pedigrees being bred – it's dogs. Every litter includes a range of quality. The poorest specimen in the litter shares an identical pedigree with its potential Best in Show littermate.

While keeping pedigrees in mind, it is also necessary to know the individual dogs phenotypically. Being aware of both the strengths and faults of as many ancestors as possible increases the odds for success.

So what is the art of breeding? It's that special ability to consider a potential mating and accurately visualize the potential results of that combination. There exists a sixth sense that seems to come more naturally to some breeders than to others.

The art of breeding also comes into play when evaluating a litter. The breeder who can look at an 8- to 10-week-old puppy and see that same puppy as an adult in his mind's eye has a much better chance of selecting the best pup than the breeder who sees the pup only as it is right then.

Science or art? Each has a significant role in dog breeding.

To read the full version of this and all Gazette breed columns, visit and click on "AKC Magazines."