~ Breeding Articles ~

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These articles have appeared in the foremost dog fancy publications such as Canine Chronicle, RingLeader, Dog World, AKC Gazette, Dog News and Champions.

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Articles on New Research Findings
Articles on Puppies
  • Litter Size and Singletons: For those who want to know more about litter size and one puppy litters.
  • Early Puppy Training: All dogs can benefit from obedience training as early as seven weeks and also when the puppy enters its new home.
  • Early Spay/Neuter Given its popularity and vulnerability to various cancers and joint disorders breeders and owners should not rush into spay and neuter without understanding the health risks. This article documents the many risks associated with it.
Articles on Breeding
  • A Gathering Storm Part 1: Learn how the animal rights groups have gained momentum to change the dog world as we know it.
  • A Gathering Storm Part 2: Learn how the animal rights groups have gained momentum to change the dog world as we know it.
  • Be Prepared: Learn how to protect your pet from loss or theft using microchip technology.
  • Brackett's Formula: A proven method that can retain certain from a high quality dog.
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  • Breadth of a Pedigree: Knowledge about littermates is the centerpiece of a planned breeding.
  • Breed Dilemmas and Extinction: Learn how and why health problems haunt some breeds.
  • Breeding for the Difference: Provides insight into the logic of keeping good records and the importance of making notes.
  • Breeding Skill: Breeding the better dogs depends on your learning eight breeder skills. We must remember that it takes one set of skills to breed, another to exhibit and a third set to judge. The eight breeder skills are a necessary part of every breeders education.
  • Breeding to the Great Dogs:The specific steps necessary to making better selections of stud dogs.
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  • Calculating the Aging Process: A new way to calculate the ages of canines in "man years".
  • Changing Estimates: Why dogs in many breeds are getting larger and what can do about it.
  • Choosing The Right Sire: Two reasons people hesitate when selecting a stud dog.
  • Closing the Gap: More DNA tests have become available that makes breeding’s more certain. Listed are the disorders, breeds affected and the laboratories that will do the testing.
  • Continuing Education: A program that gives you the ability to develop the skills needed based on your dreams.
  • Control of Dreaded Disorders in Dogs - Part I (Hip Dysplasia): Health issues are among the top concerns of all owners and breeders. Some are worse than others. At the top of the list are those called the dreaded diseases which can cripple, kill, cause early death or blindness. Learn about how to control and manage them.
  • Control of Dreaded Disorders in Dogs – Part II (Legg-Calve Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Elbow Dysplasia, and Hypothyroidism): Part II continues the discussion from Part I and includes four other dreaded diseases.
  • Do You See What I Do: learn to see dogs from the judges point of view. Learn why ring side observers often times get it wrong
  • DNA Sire Program Part 1: DNA technology and the issues required to DNA a stud dog.
  • DNA Sire Program Part 2: DNA technology and the issues required to DNA a stud dog.
  • DNA Sire Program Part 3: DNA technology and the issues required to DNA a stud dog.
  • Fleas and Their Control: By the time most owners discover fleas on their pet; their home is usually part of the problem. Controlling and eliminating fleas requires understanding that the flea life cycle has three working parts.
  • Genetic Tests by Breed 2012: Here is a list of tests that are available by breed.
  • Genetic Test Laboratories 2012: Listed are the laboratories and there contact information.
  • Founders Effect: Genetic influence on a breed of one dog. Why it is called the Founders Effect.
  • I hereby Declare: Chosen by the Dog Writers Association of America as the best article for 2004.
  • Junior Showmanship Survey: (Please note that this is a fairly large file so it may take a few minutes to open.) In the late 1920’s when dog showing was considered a “wealthy-man’s sport” and parents arrived at shows in chauffeur-driven limousines children who accompanied their parents became bored and restless. As a result...
  • Long term health effects of Spay/Neuter in dogs What everyone owner should know about the risks and long term health effects of spay and neuter
  • Managing the Carriers Part 1 and 2: The basic principles associated with making improvements involves the quality of the information collected about the ancestors and how to use it.
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  • Mendel's Puzzle: Mendel discovered the gene. An explanation of the recessive genes and how he discovered them in pedigrees.
  • Maternal Influence: A common factor that seems to transcend most species is the maternal influence which varies widely based on survival needs. For example, in canines, the maternal influence includes early stimulation (licking), jesters, eye contact and body language. In humans, mothers use words and deeds to teach and influence behavior. This article focuses on using the mother to influence later behavior as an adult.
  • Modes of Inheritance: Backing into a pedigree by extrapolating from what is observed in the pups is one of the best ways to understand the carrier status of the ancestors. Because the recessive genes can be present but not expressed requires that breeders discipline themselves to follow their litters as they mature and are themselves bred. There are four important principles to be remembered.
  • More Than Meets The Eye: In the confined space and limited time allowed in the show ring, even the educated eye that knows what to look for can be misled. In order to appreciate the dogs and the judging process, one must also develop an appreciation for how movement is analyzed from the three basic approaches used by the judges… coming, going and from the side.
  • OFA Tables: OFA serves as a central source of information for breeders and owners based on the standards for evaluation. See two useful tables for risk.
  • Old Problems New Solutions: The Internet has brought breeders and clubs closer together, they now are thinking about their problems in new ways.
  • Pedigree Analysis: An explanation about the differences between the "Traditional Pedigree", "Stick Dog Color Chart Pedigree" and the "Symbols Pedigree" and how to use each pedigree.
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  • Poor Performance or Prostatic Problem: Prostate problems begin to occur in many males by about five years of age. It occurs in 95% of males by nine years of age.
  • Selecting Sires: An in-depth look at what it takes to make a sire popular, why some are breed more often than others and a short case study to illustrate the important elements involved in selection process.
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  • Structure and Movement Part 1: The focus is structure when standing and the individual examination. There are several principles judges look for when the dog is not moving.
  • Structure and Movement Part 2: The focus is on structure in motion. There are several principles judges look for when dogs are gaiting
  • Ticket To Ride: An analysis of declining dog registrations and the effect on breeders and clubs.
  • Why Three Pedigrees?: The traditional Pedigree does not capture heritable information and requires the learning of names and titles. Two other pedigrees are available. One focuses on improving conformation and the other focuses on health, temperament and other traits of interest.

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