Quarterly eNews for Breeders | Fall 2014

Better Breeding
Keeping It Spic ' n Span
By Patricia Trotter
The word kennel is believed to have originated in France to describe a pack of hounds and their housing. Today, it describes the most important environment in any breeder’s home.

Once primitive man hooked up with dogs in a permanent ongoing relationship, the two learned to live together. Over the centuries, man began to construct special quarters for his animals, and often the kennels reflected the status of the masters.

Today, most small breeding programs are not kennels in the usual sense of the word, as they often lack rows and rows of runs and a separate kennel building. Dogs are sometimes housed in smaller quarters and moved in and out on a rotating basis to make the best use of the exercise areas. No matter the size of the facility, sanitation is of vital importance.

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Royal Canin
Nutritional Management of Reproducing Dogs
By Craig Datz, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVN
Professional breeders are highly interested in the health and fitness of their studs and dams because they understand that optimal management goes hand in hand with successful pregnancies, good litter sizes, vigorous pups and long-term health of both the parents and offspring.

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"The One": Thoughts on Puppy Selection
By Virginia Antia
No matter how much time you spend searching for the right stud dog for your gorgeous bitch, no matter how much money you spend on stud fees, shipping expenses, vet bills, and so on, it’s all for nothing if you can’t pick out the best pup from the litter.

Years ago I thought I’d solve this dilemma by asking a very successful Manchester breeder to describe her puppy-selection process. “Well,” she said, “I look at the litter, reach down, and say ‘this one.’” She had an eye for a good pup, which seemed like magic to me at the time.

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Updates from the AKC Canine Health Foundation
Your dog can help researchers make advances in the study of many canine diseases. Participation is currently needed in these trials and studies.
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Breeder E-Z Reg Tutorial Available
Breeder E-Z Reg is an online alternative to the Full Litter Offspring Plus application that gives breeders an efficient method of registering all of the puppies in their litters.

Watch the AKC Breeder Webinar: Breeder E-Z Reg Tutorial to learn more about how to use this tool.
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New Complete Dog Book Now Available
The most successful dog book ever published, with over two million copies sold, The Complete Dog Book is the American Kennel Club’s bible of dogs.

The Complete Dog Book first appeared 85 years ago and has now been updated for the first time since 2007.

The 21st edition offers readers:
  • Fifty additional breeds not in the 20th edition. The book includes the official standard for every AKC-recognized breed as well as breeds currently in the Miscellaneous class and Foundation Stock Service.
  • Newly written breed histories contributed by the AKC national parent club of each breed.
  • Over 800 exceptional color photographs of adults and puppies of each breed.
  • Spotlights on finding well-bred puppies, sports and activities for dogs and owners, AKC programs, and canine anatomy.
  • An illustrated glossary of canine terminology.
Find the new Complete Dog Book in the AKC Online Store or at a local retailer.
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Old Dogs Rule!
The AKC Canine Health Foundation’s (CHF) educational podcast series “Old Dogs Rule,” celebrates the great old dogs that mean so much to all of us. The series, packed with information about how to keep our seniors going strong for years to come, includes topics like hospice/end of life care for dogs, age-related cardiovascular disease, the value of senior dog wellness visits, the benefits of rehab for senior and geriatric dogs, and senior dog health.

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Consider a Contract
By Carol Kearney
There are mixed opinions regarding the need for a contract when selling or placing a dog. Many breeders supply a contract for any relocated dog for the sole purpose of safeguarding his health and welfare. Others believe that any contract can be broken, so having one is a waste of time. I believe that a signed contract may suggest and motivate an added layer of accepted responsibility by the seller and the buyer and is therefore a protection for the dog, the new owner, and the breeder.

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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.

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