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RALEIGH, NC – The American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation are pleased to debut the next podcast in the Genome Barks series.

This week on Genome Barks we are pleased to welcome Dr. Claudia Orlandi, author of the ABC's of Dog Breeding Home Study Program. Dr. Orlandi's belief that anyone can and should understand the basic and important rules of canine genetics in his quest to breed better, healthier dogs prompted her to develop this unique, step-by-step approach to better breeding.

Dr. Orlandi's involvement with showing dogs began as a Junior Handler. She currently breeds Basset Hounds under the Topsfield prefix on 200 acres in northern Vermont. Claudia has bred over 100 champions, including many record holding Bassets within the breed and all breed arena. Topsfield Bassets have won multiple Pedigree and Nature's Recipe Awards and have been Westminster Breed winners and Number One Basset Hound All Systems from 2000 to the present. A teacher by profession, she has been actively involved in education within the Basset Hound Club of America (BHCA) and as a lecturer. She has served on the BHCA Health & Research Committee, the Judges' Education committee and is currently Chairman of Member Education for BHCA for which she has designed an innovative concept called “Basset Hound University”. She authors a column called “Breeder's Toolbox” in the BHCA newsletter and has designed “The Pedi-Score Tool Kit: A Recording System for Basset Hound Breeders.” She has also written Discover the Basset Hound and in addition to the ABC's of Dog Breeding seminar, presents a workshop called Practical Canine Anatomy for Judges and Breeders. She judges Basset Hounds, Dachshunds, Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens and Junior Showmanship.

New Genome Barks podcasts are released every two weeks and can be accessed from either the American Kennel Club website at or the AKC Canine Health Foundation website at – click on “Podcasts”. They will also be available on Apple's iTunes® and at Please sumbit reviews of the podcasts through Apple's iTunes®.

Clubs are encouraged to add the Genome Barks podcast link to their home pages. Contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation to obtain graphics and links.