17 Points to consider when breeding.

..”although this set of guidelines cannot be made into hard and fast rules or (worse yet) regulations — because the situations of each individual dog breed and even each breeder are different — yet I believe we all need faithfully to attempt to apply the principles discussed …, in order . . . → Read More: 17 Points to consider when breeding.

Predictors of Hip Dysplasia

Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2011 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print]
Canine Hip Dysplasia is Predictable by Genotyping.
Guo G, Zhou Z, Wang Y, Zhao K, Zhu L, Lust G, Hunter L, Friedenberg S, Li J, Zhang Y, Harris S, Jones P, Sandler J, Krotscheck U, Todhunter R, Zhang Z.
OBJECTIVE: To establish a predictive method using whole nome
genotyping for early intervention in canine hip dysplasia (CHD) risk
management, for the prevention of the progression of secondary
osteoarthritis (OA), and for selective breeding. Continue reading Predictors of Hip Dysplasia

Vets asked to report Cesarean Operations

25 Nov 2010
Veterinary associations are asking vets to start reporting cesarean operations to the Kennel Club in the new year as part of the profession’s commitment to improving dog health and welfare. Continue reading Vets asked to report Cesarean Operations

Genetics & Breeding strategies

Essays for the dog breeder.

Follow these links to great book chapters on breeding and genetics by Dr. Thorpe-Vargas

Introduction: Dog breeding moves to the next level
Chapter 1: Extraordinary diversity
Chapter 2: A genetics primer
Chapter 3: What you get is not necessarily what you see!
Chapter 4: Ethics and breeding strategies
Chapter 5: The shallow end of the gene pool
Chapter 6: . . . → Read More: Genetics & Breeding strategies

Code of practice ; breeding animals

From Victoria, Australia
Department of Primary Industries 2009

Breeding programs must consider the effects and ethics of high risk mating combinations that may, based on the principles of genetic inheritance, in theory produce animals with heritable disease. Where such heritable disease has potential to cause severe welfare issues for affected progeny such breeding programs must be justifiable. Affected progeny must be assessed and humanely destroyed if they suffer. Such animals must not be used for breeding. Continue reading Code of practice ; breeding animals

Dog longevity study; how long do most breeds live

Studies, comparisons, conclusions by Dr. Kelly Cassidy


“Are purebred dogs living longer?” Continue reading Dog longevity study; how long do most breeds live

Auto-immune problems with breeding

The Rising Storm: What Breeders Need to Know about the Immune System
Winner of 2002 AKC/CHF Golden Paw Award
First published in the Aussie Times, May-June 2002
by C.A. Sharp
A complex and threatening storm is gathering on horizon. Reports of immune-mediated disease are on the rise in Australian Shepherds, as well as other purebred dogs. In magazines, on Internet discussion lists and at gatherings devoted to dogs autoimmune disease and allergies are regular topics. Continue reading Auto-immune problems with breeding