Quarterly eNews for Breeders | Summer 2014

Better Breeding
Our Stolen Future: Musings on Monorchidism
By Patricia Trotter
Dog breeders face many difficult decisions every time they consider whether a particular individual is worthy of being put into the gene pool. When it's unclear whether certain traits are influenced totally by heredity, totally by environment, or by some mysterious combination of the two, decisions become even more difficult for those who would breed quality animals.

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Royal Canin
The Benefits of Appropriate Nutrition
By Emmanuel Fontaine DVM, MSc, PhD
Is dog breeding something easy? One might think so, but canine breeders will tell you — not really! Don’t get me wrong, overall fertility in canines is usually excellent; that’s certainly why we hear a lot more about canine overpopulation issues. However, breeders know that in their case, the context is somehow different. Challenges such as infertility, dystocias (difficulty to give birth) and neonatal mortality are all part of their daily activity. Fortunately there are ways to overcome and somehow prevent these difficult situations from happening.

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Last year’s AKC Breeder of the Year Winifred Stout
AKC News
2014 American Kennel Club Breeder Of The Year Award Group Honorees Named
Seven AKC Breeder of the Year Award group recipients, recognizing breeding programs from the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups that are dedicated to excellence and the advancement of the purebred dog, have been selected for 2014.

“Breeders are the heartbeat of the American Kennel Club and we’re proud to recognize deserving breeding programs each year with the AKC Breeder of the Year award. The 2014 honorees represent hundreds of combined years of canine and breeding knowledge and their work has done much to enhance the sport of purebred dogs,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and CEO.

See the nominees here »
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AKC News
Updates from the AKC Canine Health Foundation
AKC CHF and Zoetis have two new informational podcasts out now that are useful to breeders: Infertility in the Bitch and Ovulation Timing.

Download the podcasts here.

AKC CHF also recently published a webinar on canine genetics that was recorded at their National Parent Club Canine Health Conference. In the webinar, Dr. Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD of the University of Califormia, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, discusses the major advances that have been made in our understanding of the molecular basis for inherited diseases in dogs.

Check out the webinar here.
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Breed column
Pedigrees: The Breeder’s Roadmap
By Marianne Sullivan
AKC Gazette columnist for the Collie Club of America, collieclubofamerica.org
What kind of traveler are you—the adventurous type who takes off without a map and explores unknown byways, or the planner who carefully maps a journey with a very specific destination? Or are you so trustful and dependent of GPS that you fail to notice the landscape or landmarks along the way? Are you an embracer of new and challenging destinations, or are you the type who is comfortable going to the same vacation spot year after year?

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Breed column
Puppy Training From the Whelping Box
By Carol Kearney
AKC Gazette columnist for the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club, uskbtc.com
Anything from a simple whelping box to a deluxe, custom-made, multi-optional, four-star whelping suite can be part of a breeder’s supply of goods when raising a litter. Just as with choice of whelping box, the way a breeder chooses to train her puppies varies from breeder to breeder and changes as experiences dictate. All puppy training takes time and effort, but the results are worth it.

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Breed Column
Buyer and Seller Beware
By Helen Gleason
AKC Gazette columnist for the German Shepherd Dog Club of America, gsdca.org
As dedicated fanciers, we must help spread the word to the public about responsible dog ownership. That message includes educating people about the homework that should be done before they get a new puppy or dog. As breeders, we also must educate ourselves about properly screening prospective owners, to help ensure that our pups go to good, permanent homes.

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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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