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Before you Breed

The Stud Dog – Fame, Fortune or Responsibility?

Owners of male pedigree dogs can become involved in stud dog work by choice or chance, but either way the responsibility is great. Some owners believe that owning a stud dog is a ticket to fame and fortune – a lucrative income for little effort plus a boost to the ego by becoming well known. […]

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Becoming a Dog Breeder

What is a Responsible Breeder?

A responsible breeder… breeds dogs because they admire a breed, never just for money, and is dedicated to promoting and protecting their chosen breed takes the responsibility of breeding dogs very seriously is proud of their dogs and is always pleased to show them ALL off and talk about them has spent time researching their […]

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Canine Breeding Schemes

The Price of Popularity: Popular Sires and Population Genetics

Consider the hypothetical case of Old Blue, Malthound extraordinaire. Blue was perfect: Sound, healthy and smart. On week days he retrieved malt balls from dawn to dusk. On weekends he sparkled in malt field and obedience trials as well as conformation shows, where he baited to–you guessed it–malt balls. Everybody had a good reason to […]

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Canine Health Schemes

Hip Dysplasia

Dysplasia literally means abnormal, so hip dysplasia literally translates as abnormal formation of the hip socket. The hip is a ball and socket joint, in a normal hip the ball fits snugly into the socket, forming a pivot point. Dogs which have a genetic predisposition for hip dysplasia are born with normal hips. However, as […]

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Canine Genetics

Basic Genetic Concepts

Introduction Most of you are undoubtedly aware that color and certain diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) are inherited – that is, passed down from one or both the parents. However, you may wonder how a trait that does not appear in the dam’s pedigree can suddenly turn up in a litter out of […]

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