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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

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

Pedigree Analysis and How Breeding Decisions Affect Genes

To some breeders, determining which traits will appear in the offspring of a mating is like rolling the dice–a combination of luck and chance. For others, producing certain traits involves more skill than luck– the result of careful study and planning. As breeders, you must understand how matings manipulate genes within your breeding stock 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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