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excellent material on the basics of breeding, whelping, and raising happy and sound dogs


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MISSING TESTICLE/S

Because mum included a comment on missing testicles in some Shelties we had bred many years ago in her book, The Puppy Book, we often get asked about this issue in relation to a possible mineral deficiency. Below are my current comments on this topic. The 'tale' was included to illustrate the importance of a balanced and complete diet, no actual scientific study has been undertaken to validate this observation. 2010-02-07 more ...


GENETICS AN INTRODUCTION FOR DOG BREEDERS by Jackie Isabell

This is another in the growing list of titles for the dog breeder that attempts to introduce the breeder to the basic concepts of genetics. It is not really a primer, as it is not written in a style or fashion that someone without a sound basic knowledge of breeding, science, and perhaps, genetics will find easy to grasp on first looks. Nor does it offer a great deal in basic concepts, such as the likely inherited pattern for a specific trait, but that is not a failing this book alone suffers. 2009-05-27 more ...


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BREEDING ADVICE

from his article Breeding for the Future published Our Dogs Christmas Number 1964 2009-03-23 more ...


A DOG WHO'S ALWAYS WELCOME by Lorie Long

It is my pleasure to be able to share a wonderful new book with you: A Dog Who's Always Welcome by Lorie Long. "Assistance and therapy dog trainers teach you how to socialize and train your companion dog". Did you ever wonder how those assistance dogs could ignore another dog, yet play with dogs when not working? 2008-10-19 more ...


WHY DOES MY DOG ACT THAT WAY? by Stanley Coren

You know, this book is truly deceptive, but in the long run, really interesting. I got to page 23 and was getting very angry with the author, but I persevered and discovered his way of writing wasn't what I expected,he was actually taking his readers on his journey of discovery, rather than just presenting the information and then discussing the findings that lead to the information. 2008-04-30 more ...


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PUPPY PUZZLE - I AM STILL PUZZLED

I think any worthy puppy breeder would have heard of the famous Puppy Puzzle. In 2002 I did a review of the video for Clumbers, which you can now read online 2002-06-01 more ...


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GENETICS CAN HELP

In 2002 I did an introductory article on genetics for the Clumber breeder which may help unravel some of the concepts that bother you. Follow the link to the article. 2002-06-01 more ...


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DANGEROUS BREEDS OR DANGEROUS BREEDERS?

originally published in Top Dog Journal October 1997 The media talks of bad breeds, rather than bad dogs or bad owners, but it could be registered breeders who pay the price for dog attacks, through stricter controls, even bans, of so called dangerous breeds. Are you a breeder of one of the giant breeds - Great Dane, Mastiff, Bullmastiff? 1997-10-01 more ...


CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

Congenital heart defects are relatively common in dogs, a study in excess of 34,000 found that about 0.9% were affected. The worrying thing was that more purebred dogs were affected than were crossbred dogs. There is much evidence that many conditions are heredity. The problem is that during development of first the embryo and then the foetus, the heart develops through several stages and a two chamber organ eventually develops into the classical four chamber mammalian heart. Because of this change, there are a number of weak points that must be overcome for the final product to be perfect. Holes in the dividing walls must close, various tubes become redundant and must seal themselves off. Not all this happens in the foetus, but some stages carry on into the separate being of the puppy, not finalizing for a week or more. In some cases the actual closing may be purely physiological, relying on interchamber pressures, rather than truly anatomical. So the presence of a small so called hole in the heart of a puppy at post mortem may be normal rather than the actual cause of its death. 1996-10-01 more ...


BASIC NUTRITION

The nutrition of a dog starts with the nutritional status of his dam, with particular emphasis on her mineral status. It has truly been stated that half the breeding is in the feeding. So what do we do to ensure that the nutrition is right. Dogs need nutrition to grow, to play, to work, to digest their food, to keep warm, to repair damage to their bodies, to resist and to fight infections. It is important to provide them with the right foods to carry out these important functions. It is not enough to buy a packet of food that says it is scientifically balanced. It must be as it has not exploded or leaked out of the bottom of the bag upon disintegration. Dogs need food for energy, growth and banding all else together maintenance. 1994-01-01 more ...