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Information for Breeders

 

This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes information and articles which would be of interest to both existing dog breeders as well as for those considering becoming dog breeders.

For the potential dog breeder, there is a collection of informative articles that are must reads. The breeding of dogs is something that must be very seriously considered beforehand and if, after reading through this information, breeding is still something you are considering, then the articles provided for the existing dog breeder would also be of interest to you.

Also included here is a selection of Reference Books specific to the subject of breeding dogs.


Must Read Information for the Potential Dog Breeder

Informative Articles and Guidelines for Existing Dog Breeders

  • Code of Practice for CKC Members — Link to the Canadian Kennel Club Code of Practice document, and applies to all breeders who are members of the CKC. Its purpose is to provide breeders with a set of mandatory standards and requirements relating to the proper maintenance, breeding, selling and overall protection of their chosen breed(s).
  • Responsible Breeding – Guide to Breeding — From the American Kennel Club
  • Breeding, Whelping, and Rearing Puppies by Liza Lee Miller — This very informative article includes information on preparing the bitch, choosing the stud dog, pregnancy and puppy timelines, financial considerations, finding and choosing puppy buyers, and much more. (Note: This article has been placed under the section for the potential dog breeder as well.)
  • Miracle Worker — “Come on, little man,” I pleaded, tears of exhaustion and frustration rolling down my cheeks. “Hold on! You have to live!” For what seemed like the hundredth time that night, I opened the mouth of the tiniest little morsel of a collie puppy I’d ever seen, and placed a drop of milk-replacer formula on his tongue… Read More
  • Another Yellow Brick Road — The continuation to Raff’s story — Miracle Worker, by Meredith Moore.
  • What is a Breeder? — The breeder is the mainspring of the dog world. Without the breeder, there would be no dogs. Without the dogs, there would be no kennel clubs, no dog shows, no judges, no handlers, no trainers, no dog food companies, no dog publications… Read More — Reprinted with permission from Trojan Reg’d Rottweilers.
  • Super Dogs Are Made Not Born(PDF Format) — Just what are the critical periods in the life of a dog? What must a Breeder do and not do in order to help a pup develop his aptitudes to the highest possible potential? What can a Breeder do to assure a sound out-going temperament, while helping the pup develop confidence without being aggressively dominant? Where does the responsibility of the Breeder begin and end? It isn’t enough to select a stud and bitch for their sound genetic qualities and temperament. Super dogs are not bred. They are carefully molded each step of the way through the established critical periods. This article provides some of the answers for the Breeder. Each of the critical periods is explained in everyday language. What must be done and what must not be done is spelled out in detail, along with the reasons why.


Breeding Reference Books, DVDs, and More

Canine Reproduction And Neonatology

Canine Reproduction And Neonatology

Winner of Dog Writers Association of America’s Dogwise Best Book Award, Canine Reproduction is a practical guide for veterinarians and an information source for breeders, kennel operators and others with a financial or humane interest in the breeding and maintenance of dogs. The book focuses on the veterinarian’s responsibilities for managing the problem pregnancy, insemination, collecting, storing and shipping semen, and all of the diseases and vaccination protocols that may involve the bitch and the stud dog. It is also a very practical guide for the non veterinarian breeder and kennel owner.



Breeding is a bitch: Reference book on dog breeding

Breeding is a bitch: Reference book on dog breeding

Breeding is a Bitch – offers helpful information on how to start off, nutrition and animal husbandry. Breeding management including determining optimal time of breeding and artificial reproductive techniques. It comprehensively covers genital diseases, pregnancy, whelping, lactation, dystocia, caesarean section, fertility problems, reproductive efficiency, neonatal disease and puppy survival. Routine preventative health measures, parasite control and various matters and conditions relating to the keeping of dogs and large dog colonies. Practical basic and advanced genetics for dog breeders is comprehensively covered.



The Complete Book of Dog Breeding

The Complete Book of Dog Breeding

A veterinarian with many years of canine practice experience offers guidance to novice and professional dog breeders, emphasizing the responsibilities of reputable breeders to their dogs and to the buyers of the puppies they produce. Topics covered include: the choosing, health, quality, and conditioning of brood stock; practical DNA use, and Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) surveys and data storage to scientifically improve the selection of healthy brood stock and puppies; potential breeding problems; artificial insemination; pregnancy and its duration; embryonic and fetal activity; pregnancy nutrition; physical changes during pregnancy; stages of labor; normal and Cesarean-section births, and how to assist in both; nutrition of dams and puppies and how to recognize and prevent potential problems in both; neonatal puppy care; lactation and weaning the puppies; socializing the puppies; pedigrees, registration, and titles; and much more.



Dog Breeding, Whelping and Puppy Care

Dog Breeding, Whelping and Puppy Care

A practical and up-to-date guide to canine reproduction for dog breeders, veterinary students and veterinary surgeons. Written in an easy-to-use style and presented in a practically useful format with clear illustrations. The information is supported by references from the author’s published work and his wealth of clinical experience to form the important authoritative text in this field. A vital aid to those seeking an understanding of normal and abnormal reproduction as well as common reproductive techniques.



 

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