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The ABC’s Of Dog Breeding

Although there are still some dog breeders who feel that using rules of genetics in a breeding program has little effect on their success, it is unlikely that a breeder can produce healthy dogs of consistent quality, year after year, without understanding how traits are passed from one generation to the next. Anyone can breed one or two good dogs by chance, but understanding why something happens in a breeding program, which is the stuff of genetics, is an important key to keeping virtues and eliminating defects. Much of our knowledge about the significance of genetics to canine breeding and health is thanks to research done in the lucrative livestock industry.

Canine Reproduction

Question: I have been told that back to back breedings are actually safe for a bitch. What are your feelings on this and if you agree at what age do you feel the first breeding is best planned?

This varies by breed because the bitch is unique in that their heat cycle is progesterone driven the progesterone in a non-pregnant bitch lasts just as long as in a pregnant bitch. There is NO ADVANTAGE to skipping a cycle in a bitch and a uterus is probably healthier in a pregnant bitch than in a non-pregnant bitch.

How does breeding early give more female pups?

Male sperm are faster, but die sooner. Female sperm swim slower, but live longer. So if you breed early (eg before the eggs are ready) the majority of the male sperm will have died before there were eggs to fertilize, but the female sperm will still be there. If you breed late (eg after the eggs are ready) the male sperm will get there and fertilize all the eggs before the slower female sperm arrive.

Breeding true to type – Breeding true to the breed

Those who argue against linebreeding are inevitably those who have never successfully bred animals themselves - most often they are college professors. The same people who have bred nothing more complicated than fruit flies or no more demanding than lab rats are often the most vocal about how others should breed performance animals. These "know-nothings" advocate the notion that out-crossing is in and of itself good because it produces some thing they often refer to as "hybrid vigor".

How Often Should You Breed Your Bitch?

It's interesting to hear many other people's opinion on how often to breed a bitch. The general consensus now is that a bitch should be bred back to back (from one heat to the next) and then skip a heat, be bred again back to back. The bitch should never be bred on her first heat, and I've found it safer to start on the 3rd heat. The bitch is much better prepared mentally and physically to care for her pups.

Latest on Bill to End Dog Breeding in Cal.

Assembly Bill 1634 would have originally required all dogs over six months to be spayed or neutered. It has since been amended 9 times, but still remains a problem. In it’s current form, the bill mandates that if your subject to three “complaints” about an unspayed or unneutered dog, you must have the dog spayed/neutered. As written, the definition of “complaint” includes no burden of proof in regards to a violation having taken place; instead it only calls for an allegation to be made. Since the bill lacks the requirement for animal control officers to verify violations of law have taken place, this could ultimately subject law-abiding dog owners to fines and having their dog spayed or neutered. 
Status– The bill did not pass the Senate before the end of their legislative session. USSA and coalition partners organized sportsmen’s grassroots opposition to the bill. read more

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