The most important meals of a puppys life are the ones his mother eats.
Fall 2011
Labrador puppies
Canine Genetics and Breeding Strategies: The Basics
Part Two: Looking at Pedigrees
By Arliss Paddock
In Part One of this article (Summer 2011 AKC Breeder), we considered the genetic road map of dogs as a species and the mechanics of how the traits that determine the countless aspects of an individual dog-from the color of his coat to the way he carries his tail–are inherited from his parents.

In this issue, we look at different types of pedigrees and how they can aid in the making of breeding decisions.
Carol Harris
Accumulated Wisdom
Nearing 80 years in dogs, Bo-Bett's Carol Harris is still "madly searching for improvement."
I live in North Central Florida, in the heart of Marion County's famous horse country. I moved here from New Jersey in 1963 with my horses and dogs in tow. Since I needed to be outdoors with my dogs and horses, I felt that conditions in the South were more suitable for not only me but also my animals. Twelve months a year I have great climate, excellent water, beneficial minerals in the ground, and plenty of sunshine. All this, I believe, enhances my chances to produce and raise strong, healthy dogs that can enjoy their lives, most of the time outdoors safely and in comfort.

I have been breeding dogs for at least 78 years, many different breeds, but for the past 30 or 40 years I have seriously appreciated Whippets and Italian Greyhounds. I'm now 88 years old and, believe it or not, I'm still actively enjoying every aspect of my 24-hour-a-day hobby/business.
Your registration dollars at work
Your Registration Dollars at Work
AKC does so many things for dogs everywhere
Do you know your litter- and dog-registration dollars help support dogs everywhere? Do you share with your puppy buyers that their AKC registration fee of $20 has helped the AKC and its affiliates allocate over $30 million dollars to date to support Canine Health Research, Kennel Inspections, Lost Dog Recovery, and Search and Rescue?

If you didn't know, our new campaign will give you a more in-depth look at all the AKC does to support dogs. Titled "Good Things We Do," the campaign focuses on the AKC's not-for-profit status and the good things the AKC and its affiliates do to support dogs everywhere.
Canine Reproductive Cycle by Royal Canin
The Science of Breeding by Royal Canin
THE CANINE REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE: A Complex Process
by Melinda Fleming, DVM
The canine reproductive cycle is a very complex process with many steps that must occur harmoniously and precisely to achieve the ultimate result...healthy puppies. Although most breeders are familiar with the external evidence of this phenomenal process, the internal functions may still be somewhat mysterious...
K9 Advantix II
Mosquitoes: More Than a Nuisance
Mosquitoes carry serious dangers for dogs. For example, they can transmit heartworms that can cause heartworm disease. If left untreated, heartworm disease can cause lasting harm to a dog's health and may even lead to death. That's why it's so important to help protect dogs by repelling and killing 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.

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

© 2011 American Kennel Club
 
From the AKC
The AKC has announced its 2011 Breeder of the Year recipients: Pluis Davern, Sporting Group (Sundowners Sussex Spaniels); Gretchen Bernardi, Hound Group (Berwyck Irish Wolfhounds); Thomas Oelschlager and Marlene DePalma, Working Group (Kontoki Siberian Huskies); Elena Landa, Terrier Group (Doubloon Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers); Sharon and Raymond Stevens, Toy Group (Sharbelle Toy Poodles); Barbara Wood, Non-Sporting Group (Anbara Lhasa Apsos); Steve and Alice Lawrence, Herding Group (Fuzzy Farm Pulik).

Congratulations to all! The awards will be presented at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Show in Orlando, Florida, on December 17 and 18, where the 2011 American Kennel Club Breeder of the Year will be announced.

In this issue, Royal Canin has expanded their section to eight pages devoted to the topic of paramount importance to all of us breeders, "The Canine Reproductive Cycle," focusing on reproduction, prenatal, and neonatal health development. A must-read for all breeders.

Our feature story is part two of our "Canine Genetics and Breeding Strategies" article and looks at different types of pedigrees and how they can aid in the making of breeding decisions. "Inside AKC" covers "The Good Things We Do," a new AKC campaign that focuses on its not-for-profit status and the good things the AKC and its affiliates do to support dogs everywhere.

And rounding out this issue we have Carol Harris, AKC's 2010 Toy Group recipient of Breeder of the Year, who generously shares many of her views after spending nearly 80 years devoted to purebred dogs.

I hope that you will enjoy our newsletter and I invite your comments.

Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services