Tag Archives: dog breeders

AKC: Altered Dog Classes at Conformation Shows

May 23, 2013


The AKC doesn’t offer “Altered Dog” classes at its conformation shows. According to the AKC site, “Spayed or neutered dogs are not eligible to compete in conformation classes at a dog show, because the purpose of a dog show is to evaluate breeding stock.” I think that if the objective is to evaluate breeding stock, […]

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Newborn Resuscitation Guide

September 6, 2012


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Male Dogs that Faint While Breeding?

September 1, 2012


stud dog faints

Many dog breeders have heard of (or seen) a dog pass out during a tied breeding. Is this a normal occurrence, or a sign of a dangerous health condition? Under normal conditions, no dog should faint. Dogs that do faint often have severe underlying medical conditions, and should be taken to a veterinarian right away. […]

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Choosing a Stud Dog

August 23, 2012

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The Right Stud Dog

If you’re planning on breeding your bitch, you need to find some potential puppy daddies. If you are breeding to make the breed better, this process can be a bit daunting. This is a rough guide to my process in selecting a stud that will best complement my bitch. Goals Are you just going to […]

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Surgical AI Using Frozen Semen: Photo Essay

July 30, 2012


Using syringe to draw up semen
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What Not to Wear in the Dog Show Ring

July 30, 2012


what not to wear to a dog show

 In my years at dog shows, I have seen some pretty terrible outfits. Really terrible outfits. Putting aside style and fit for now, I’ve outlined what I see as the worst things to wear in the ring. My belief is that we go into the ring as a representative of our dog. Thus, it is […]

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Beware of Popular Sires!

July 26, 2012


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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Simple Ways to Reduce Your Dog’s Intake of Noxious Chemicals

July 24, 2012


Irish Wolfhounds are more prone to bone cancer than other breeds

Make sure lawn additives are pet- friendly: According to a 2004 Purdue University Study, dogs exposed to the chemical “2, 4-D” were 4 to 7 times more likely to develop bladder cancers! Georgia’s Legacy, an organization devoted to spreading information about canine cancers  says that lawn chemicals were also found to dramatically increase the risk […]

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