Timing is Everything: Breeding Strategies
and the Estrous Cycle
Part One: Understanding the Cycle's Stages
By Arliss Paddock
The reproductive potential of the bitch is the cornerstone of any breeding program. If you as a breeder wish to optimize that potential, it’s important to have an accurate understanding of your bitch’s heat cycle. And as new technology makes increasingly available advanced reproductive techniques such as artificial insemination and the use of chilled or frozen semen, that knowledge becomes even more vital.
Given the opportunity, what question would you like to ask one of our Breeder of the Year recipients?
us your answer!
Last issue’s question: What topic would be of special interest to you for an article in an upcoming issue of AKC Breeder?
your answers here!
Message from the Board Breeders
Since its founding in 1884, the American Kennel Club has been the organization of choice for people who are devoted to purebred dogs. The love of dogs and the commitment to preserve, protect, and improve a chosen breed represent the very essence of the AKC.
And, to further that mission, the American Kennel Club strives to recognize and assist those breeders who maintain and improve the form, function, health, and distinctive type and character of purebred dogs, through dedication to a specific breed, the world of purebred dogs, and the principle of responsible dog ownership.
Inside the AKC
Mr. King's Timeless Treasures
By AKC Archivist Norma Rosado-Blake
Even by his own admission, Mr. King is an older gentleman. In fact, that was part of the reason for his telephone call. He wanted to pass on his possessions to some person or organization that would appreciate and care for them.
You see, his mother, Faye Bergman, was a Boxer breeder and judge from the 1940s to 1960s in Southern California. He started our conversation by reminiscing about her, prompting me to ask if he had “followed in her footsteps.” He politely said no, adding that the hundreds of Boxers that passed through his mother’s kennels were enough for him.
Advice from the Breeder
By Jeré Marder
Jeré Marder has been breeding and exhibiting top Old English Sheepdogs for 30 years. She was the 2003 AKC Herding Group Breeder of the Year. In this article, she discusses grocery-cart pups, backstairs workouts, and the girl from Argentina.
The American Kennel Club Breeder of the Year award was created to recognize outstanding purebred-dog breeders. This award is bestowed on individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament, and longevity of their breed.
The AKC’s 2007 Breeder of the Year group recipients are Beverely and Adrian Wanjon, Sporting Group (Russet Leather Vizslas); Stanley D. Petter Jr., Hound Group (Hewly Greyhounds); Jean and Wayne Boyd, Working Group (Rivergroves Great Pyrenees); Barbara Miller, Terrier Group (Max-Well Norfolk Terriers); Glynette Cass, Toy Group (Wesglyn Maltese); Mikki Demers, Non-Sporting Group (KiMik Tibetan Terriers); and Anne Bowes, Herding Group (Heronsway Pembroke Welsh Corgis).
In this issue we have an article written by a previous Breeder of the Year group recipient, Jeré Marder, our 2003 Herding Group honoree, on how to maintain a top-breeding line without keeping a large number of dogs. This topic just happened to be one that was suggested by a reader in response to last issue’s Pick-of-the-Litter question.
Another topic suggested by readers is on the breeding cycle of bitches, which we have part one in a two part series featured here. Also included is an important message from the chairman of the AKC Board Breeders Committee, Walter F. Goodman. And "Inside AKC" features an article related to the AKC Archives, written by AKC Archivist Norma Rosado-Blake.
Please be sure to respond to this issue’s new "Pick-of-the-Litter" question, and let us know what questions you would like to ask our Breeder of the Year recipients.
Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services
The American Kennel
Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its
Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and
breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the
AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for
the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine
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