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Bonnie Threlfall dog breeder
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Breeder of Merit: Bonnie Threlfall
People in the sport of dogs can wear many hats, and Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, North Carolina, has pretty much donned them all: Born into a dog-show family, she has been breeding her Edgewood English Cocker Spaniels for more than 40 years. After a decade-long stint as a professional handler in the late 1970s into […] | March 26, 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: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Setting Puppies and Dogs Up for Success: Designing Kennels with Behavior and Welfare Considerations in Mind
By Dr. Candace Croney, Ph.D., & Traci Shreyer, M.A.  The environment in which a dog or puppy is raised will have significant impacts on virtually every aspect of his or her life. The quality of the kennel environment can affect a dog’s physical health, comfort, and safety.    A kennel that is aesthetically pleasing to people but does not adequately meet the dogs’ […] | March 13, 2019
Expert Advice: Health Testing Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis in North American Dogs
Steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA) is a common inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in young dogs. A recently published study (1) examining records from a British veterinary referral hospital found that 48 percent of juvenile dogs that presented with a fever were diagnosed with SRMA.   Most of the published literature on this disease describes cases from Europe, but […] | March 13, 2019
Expert Advice: Did You Know? What Were Toy Group Dogs Bred to Do?
There are currently 193 breeds eligible to be registered to the AKC, and each one is assigned to a certain group. These groups are Herding, Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, and Working. But did you know that each dog assigned to each group was bred for a very specific purpose? The adorable dogs belonging to the Toy Group may be small in […] | January 25, 2019
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Participants Sought for AKC Pilot Detection Puppy Rearing Program
  The AKC Detection Dog Task Force has launched its Pilot Detection Puppy Rearing Program – an opportunity for breeders and owners to work closely with experts on raising dogs that will have the potential to be trained for explosives detection work. The United States has a serious shortage of qualified dogs to perform the […] | January 9, 2019
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding AKC Pet Insurance Shares Weird Puppy Accidents of 2018
Puppies are a lot of wonderful things – snuggly, playful, spirited – but sometimes they can be a little too curious for their own good. No matter how puppy-proofed a home is or how careful owners are, puppies have a way of finding trouble. We’ve chosen six pet health insurance claims from 2018 in which […] | January 9, 2019
Expert Advice: Breeding & Whelping Pedigrees: The Breeder’s Roadmap
Pedigrees are the breeder’s roadmap. They tell us where we’ve been, and they can help guide us in the future. 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 […] | January 9, 2019
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Holiday Cards: A Great Way to Touch Base with Owners
Many breeders design holiday cards and send them out digitally or via “snail mail” to puppy buyers, friends, and family. Holidays are a great time to get in touch with your puppy owners and thank them for giving wonderful homes to your special pups. We thank these breeders for sharing their cards and hope they […] | December 10, 2018
Expert Advice: Dog Breeding Canine Genetics for Dog Breeders: Part 3
Read part one and part two of this series. Genetics is a fundamental field of biology that covers the passage of genetic information to successive generations (inheritance). More broadly, genetics covers the study of genes, how they are organized in cells, how they are regulated, and how they interact with each other and the environment. Genetics is […] | December 10, 2018

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