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Beware of Popular Sires!

July 26, 2012

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One popular stud dog can create tons of pups!

Once again, the “popular sire” effect is proving to be a disservice to the health of a breed. A study done in France followed 10 different dog breeds and their genetic diseases and prevalence. The goal of the study was to evaluate the risk of disseminating genetic diseases when using line breeding, close breeding, and […]

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Why you need to oppose Breed-Specific Legislation

July 19, 2012

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Breed Specific Legislation Bans Pit bulls, like this puppy

Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is in the news once again due to the deplorable euthanization of Lennox, a supposedly “dangerous” pitbull mix in Northern  Ireland. But Northern Ireland is not the only place that allows the extermination of unwanted breeds of dogs. In fact, 11 US States have breed-specific legislation on the books. This year […]

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Using DAT to Help a New Mom Bond with Pups?

July 16, 2012

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Scared mom dog with new litter of puppies

There’s a chemical available that is made to simulate the pheromone produced by lactating bitches. Numerous studies from reputable veterinary journals have shown its usefulness in many applications. Dog Appeasing Pheromones can help puppies become better socialized, according to one such study. The DAP puppies showed fewer signs of fear and anxiety throughout the class […]

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What do Reputable Breeders Do?

July 11, 2012

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Puppy in cage at pet store

Wondering how to ensure your puppy breeder is a responsible one? Start with this guide- Make sure that they: Health test their breeding stock: Testing for inheritable diseases is not an “option” for a reputable breeder. The breeder will have done all necessary testing before even selecting the dogs to be bred. The tests themselves […]

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Why Breed Purebred Dogs?

July 5, 2012

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German Shepherd Face

For tens of thousands of years now, we have chosen our favorite animals to protect and help out. This has led to the creation of extraordinary animals with diverse instincts and forms, and these creations are a human legacy. We could choose to abandon this endeavor, but many of us still see the value in […]

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