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Expert Advice: Responsible Breeding AKC Breeder Spotlight: Beth Lilly of Safari Schipperkes 
AKC Breeder of Merit and Bred with H.E.A.R.T. breeder Beth Lilly, owner of Safari Schipperkes, fell in love with her first Schipperke, Smokey, more than 30 years ago. At first, she was “just your average pet owner.” But with encouragement from a friend, she became a dedicated fancier and in the past 23 years has produced 38 champions and had well over 100 health tests performed on them. Smokey passed away at 19 years of age, and Beth said she still misses him.  […] | June 10, 2019
Expert Advice: News Welcome to the AKC PuppyVisor™ Service
There is a world of information out there about dogs and breeders, and it can be intimidating and scary to potential puppy buyers. How do you make sense of all the information? How can you be sure that you find a reputable breeder of healthy, well-adjusted pure-bred puppies? Or maybe an adult dog is the […] | May 28, 2019
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding AKC Breeder Spotlight: Brenda and Neil Brody of Gabriel Afghan Hounds 
AKC Breeders of Merit Brenda and Neil Brody have been involved with Afghan Hounds for more than 46 years — since before they were married. In fact, they met because of Brenda’s pet Afghan Hound Disraeli. In 1970, she was walking him on East 65th Street in New York City, and Neil was walking with a friend in the opposite direction. When they passed each other, Neil commented on Disraeli, and “young and naïve” Brenda responded.   Today, they are […] | April 12, 2019
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding AKC Breeder Spotlight: Mary Falls of Classic Giant Schnauzers of Easentaigh
Mary Falls, an AKC Breeder of Merit, has bred and shown Giant Schnauzers for 28 years under the kennel name Classic Giant Schnauzers of Easentaigh (Gaelic for “Falls House”). She lives on the Bluffs of Baraboo in Wisconsin. She began her work life as a certified veterinary technician and now holds a doctorate in nursing practice. She also bred, raised, trained, and showed Morgan Horses for 20 years.  AKC: How did […] | March 13, 2019
Expert Advice: Breeding & Whelping They All Look Alike! Tips for Identifying Look-Alike Puppies
How on earth does a breeder distinguish look-alike puppies in a litter? In breeds that are all the same color, or have only slight color variations without unique markings, it can seem impossible. To track puppies’ growth and manage care, it’s critical to be able to tell them apart from each other. AKC asked these Breeders of Merit what they do to keep track of their babies.  Oksana Fagenboym, Rocknrolla Poodles On new-born puppies, I […] | March 13, 2019
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding AKC Breeder Spotlight: Linda Jarvis of Lynaire Airedale Terriers
Linda Jarvis, an AKC Breeder of Merit, started breeding Airedale Terriers in 1984. A resident of New Bern, NC, Linda is a past president and current board member of the Airedale Terrier Club of America and is very active in the sport of dogs, attending seminars and judging. AKC: How did you get started in […] | January 9, 2019
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding AKC Breeder Spotlight: Steve Krulish and Jackie Smith of StoneBull Bullmastiffs
StoneBull BullMastiffs is a small hobby kennel located in the southwest corner of New Hampshire. Owners Steve Krulish and Jackie Smith have been involved in Bullmastiffs since 1989. With each litter, they say that their goals remain the same: to produce sound, healthy puppies that are good examples of the breed and who will enrich […] | December 10, 2018
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Dog Certificate Transfers Now Available Online
Changing a dog’s ownership now requires a stroll to your computer instead of a trip to the post office. Adding a co-owner or transferring a dog to a new owner is easier and faster with the launch of AKC Online Certificate Transfers. As of November 1, breeders and owners no longer have to write checks, […] | December 10, 2018
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Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Breeder Spotlight: Lisa Gaertner of Pinecliff Cocker Spaniels
Lisa Gaertner of Pinecliff Cockers is a lifelong New Jersey resident and has owned Cocker Spaniels for the past 30 years. She is an AKC Breeder of Merit, member of the American Spaniel Club, treasurer of the Keystone Cocker Spaniel Club, and board member of the Cocker Spaniel Club of New Jersey. In addition to […] | September 21, 2018
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Expert Advice: Dog Breeding AKC Breeder Spotlight: Amanda Halsey of DynAsty Toy Fox Terriers
Amanda Halsey, a hobby breeder of Toy Fox Terriers (TFTs), lives in West Central Ohio. Her dogs are bred under the kennel name DynAsty Toy Fox Terriers. She has been breeding and showing TFTs for 16 years. AKC: How did you get started in breeding dogs? Halsey: I showed horses competitively, starting around age 12, and […] | September 3, 2018

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