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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

The Brood Bitch

If you are serious about breeding, and wish to do so responsibly and to a high standard, then there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration. These standards apply to all breedings, especially those of puppies intended to be “just” pets (or, in other words, life-long and very important members of […]

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Canine Breeding Schemes

Diversity and the Purebred Dog

The Nature of Diversity Think of genes as recipes. They carry the instructions for the various components that go into making up an organism. Each recipe specifies a particular component, and different individuals may carry different versions of the same recipe. (In the jargon of genetics, we say that they carry different alleles of a […]

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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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