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Before you Breed

To Breed or Not to Breed

So you think you want to breed a litter of puppies. There are some important questions to ask before you take that first big step. The first, and perhaps most important, question is “Why?”. The answers will be as varied as the people who own dogs. Do you want to have a puppy “just like” […]

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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

Achieving Genetic Health for Our Dogs – Part 3

Lessons from Population Genetics Gene Frequencies Much of the work of population genetics involves estimating or calculating gene frequencies, which quantify the relative commonness or scarcity, within a particular population, of alleles at a particular gene locus. If there is only one version of a gene in the population, then the entire population is necessarily […]

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Canine Health Schemes

Hip Dysplasia and Scoring in the UK

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Kennel Club in the UK (TKC) have joined together to run a hip scoring scheme for breeders, in order to test for canine hip dysplasia, the most common inherited joint problem of large breed dogs. This current system came into effect in 1984. Dogs are scored from the […]

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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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