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Winter 2011
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Canine Genetics and Breeding Strategies: The Basics
Part Three: Line-breeding, Inbreeding, and Outcrossing
By Arliss Paddock
In parts one and two of this series, we presented an overview of the basic building blocks of genetics and then looked at methods of pedigree analysis that can be especially useful in researching potential breedings.

This study has taken us from the level of the individual dog – that is, understanding how the chromosomes in every cell of the dog's body encode for his unique genetic blueprint – to that of his extended canine family. With the help of pedigree research and consideration of the traits of ancestors and relatives, we gain some insight regarding traits that a dog may, in turn, pass along to his offspring.

In this third installment, our final step is to consider even broader dynamics of breeding decisions – that is, looking at potential matings in relation to the breed's overall population.
Diane and Luke Ehricht
Advice from the Breeder
Breeding with a Purpose: Diane and Luke Ehricht, of Hallmark Jolei Shih Tzu, are still true to their breed
By Luke Ehricht
When I entered the coliseum, I was mesmerized. I had no dogs at this time and this arena full of dogs was heaven. I loved the dogs; I loved the excitement; I loved the competition. I loved it all.

I soon immersed myself in the world of conformation. I met a local veterinarian who showed dogs. She asked me to come to her clinic after school to help socialize her puppies. Next I was asked to accompany her to some shows. I read every book about any and all breeds I could get my hands on. I watched judging of any breed I could, and asked questions of all the people who would talk with me about their dogs. Soon it became obvious that I had a passion for showing dogs.

That Christmas, the vet I helped at shows invited me to her clinic. Out she came with a wonderful ball of fluff: my first dog, a Lhasa Apso puppy. I was over the moon. My parents were not so thrilled, but that is a different story. So that is how I got my start. Breeding dogs was not in my mind at that point, but breeding was the next natural progression in this world.
AKC Therapy Dog Title
Inside the AKC
Your Dog Can Make a Difference:
New title recognizes compassion and commitment
By Mary Burch and Doug Ljungren
"Isn't there any way AKC can acknowledge the great work our therapy dogs are doing?" This frequent, ongoing question from proud dog owners to the Performance Events department resulted in the launching of the very successful AKC Therapy Dog™ program in July 2011. Therapy dogs go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.
Canine Reproductive Science by Royal Canin
Your Partner in Reproductive Science by Royal Canin
Feeding the Kennel: One Size Does Not Fit All
by Melinda Fleming, DVM
When it comes to feeding in your kennel, the plethora of choices can be overwhelming. You might wonder what approach to take when choosing the right food for your adults and puppies. With so many choices, you may find it difficult to filter through formula features and benefits to select the ones that best fit your kennel's needs. There are several things to consider when you are making your selection.
AKC/CHF News Roundup
The AKC Canine Health Foundation is committing more than $1.5 million to 2012 research grants.

The CHF approved 21 OAK grants to 14 research institutions and universities for projects covering cataracts, carcinoma, dermatitis, epilepsy, liver disease, lymphoma, melanoma, and osteosarcoma.

This year's grants cover research of diseases affecting all dogs and specific breeds, such as Australian Shepherds, Bassett Hounds, Greyhounds, Havanese, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs and West Highland White Terriers.
K9 Advantix II
Recommend tick, flea and other pest protection with K9 Advantix II starting at 7 weeks of age.
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From the AKC
In November, The American Kennel Club and The International Cat Association hosted record-breaking crowds over two days at Meet the Breeds in New York City. Presented by PetPartners, Inc., more than 1,000 dogs and cats, representing 210 breeds filled the Javits Center on November 19 and 20. Vendor booths offered every imaginable pet product and service. Breed booths treated the public to interactive, decorative displays and allowed them to meet and play with each breed while learning from the experts the responsibilities of owning that pet. The event was a smashing success.

And at another popular event in December, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Orlando, Florida, The American Kennel Club’s 2011 Breeder of the Year was awarded to Pluis Davern, of Sundowners Sussex Spaniels fame. Breeder of the Year photos will appear in our Spring issue.

Our feature article is Part Three of the series on “Canine Genetics and Breeding Strategies.” Part Three discusses line-breeding, inbreeding, and outcrossing. Royal Canin’s section this issue centers on requirements for feeding the different dogs you own. Our “Advice from the Breeder” column is by the 2008 Breeder of the Year Toy Group representatives, Luke and Diane Ehricht, and entitled “Breeding with a Purpose.” From “Inside the AKC” is an article on the AKC Therapy Dog Program. Since its start a mere four months ago, 149 breeds have earned the title, showing the positive reception this new program has received. Also included is an update on The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation’s grants and podcast programs.

We hope that you will enjoy these articles and we invite your comments.