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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

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

The Effects of Genetic Testing: Constructive or Destructive?

Every breed has genetic disorders. Finding tests that identify carriers of the genes which cause these disorders is a goal in all breeds. Once a genetic test is found, however, it is a double-edged sword: Its use can enable breeders to improve a breed or devastate it. Without genetic tests, the number of dogs that […]

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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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