These articles have been posted here to assist breeders in their efforts to produce healthy litters. To the general public we would like to say, the dog breeding and exhibiting world is devoted to the production of the healthiest puppies, in mind and body, that is possible , given the state of the art. And, the state of the art is progressing rapidly, with genetic testing for inherited defects already available, in some cases, and soon to be available in others. As a veterinarian, I am occasionally upset by the depiction in the general press of breeders exploiting their dogs, and uncaringly producing puppies with genetic defects. Nothing could be further from the truth.|
However, there are also people who produce puppies who are not "BREEDERS AND EXHIBITORS". Uncaring puppy mill operators who sell to pet stores, and careless back yard breeders do not qualify as true DOG BREEDERS. If you'd like to read more on this subject, visit the The KENNEL JOURNAL pages, where additional topics of interest to the Dog Fancy can be found. When people are bred as carefully as we breed our dogs, human kind will have made progress, indeed!
This is a letter I developed for my own use. For your breed things may be somewhat different, especially in the area of health clearances. I have put the document
on the web to give you a base from which you can develop your own more specific form. It is also meant to give the beginning breeder, or the backyard breeder some
indication of what considerations must be addressed before undertaking the great responsibility of producing a litter. Who knows; maybe some kids will see it and think
twice about getting bred themselves before they are prepared for all the things we prepare for with our puppies!
Before Contracting For Stud Service
The minimum considerations which must be addressed before a
Stud Service Contract to a dog at this kennel can be completed are listed
below. Please fill out this form completely and transmit it to us prior
to any discussion of contracting for the services of one of our stud dogs.
1. Health clearances:
OFA grade and number (please
send a photocopy of the form).
CERF number (please send
a photocopy of the form).
including CBC, aerobic and mycoplasma culture/sensitivity (through
appropriate guarded culture instrument, (obtained from the area of the cervix), brucella and T4.
Original lab report must be forwarded to us. A lyme western blot and or/a chemistry
may also be required.
2. Your detailed plans for the placement of puppies:
How many do you intend to
How many have you taken
How do you plan to find
homes for the remainder?
Send a copy of the contract
and questionnaire you use for prospective puppy buyers.
3. Describe your arrangements for a whelping area.
What are your fencing/kenneling
What arrangements do you
have to house and care for those puppies for which you cannot
4. Briefly describe your prior whelping experience; how many litters
in total have you whelped?
How many litters has this
bitch had previously?
How many breeding attempts
have been made with this bitch?
5. What show, trial, training, etc. experience has this bitch had?
What is her record
at these events?
What titles has she earned?
Has she stayed away from
6. This bitch needs to be evaluated for breeding quality. Photos
or a video should be sent right away, and a personal examination must be
set up to determine this. State below what arrangements for such an evaluation
you are prepared to make.
7. What form of positive identification does the bitch carry?
(Microchip or tattoo)
What is the number?
If a chip, which kind?
What is the location of
8. Enclose a copy of the bitch's AKC registration, pedigree,
and if an import, the export pedigree of the country of origin.
9. Enclose a copy of the bitch's veterinary records, including
current vaccinations and dates, parasite examination results and date,
medications currently being administered, medications administered within
the past year, and any existing medical conditions. State any congenital
medical problems which have been diagnosed.
When these materials have arrived, you can call to talk to me regarding
the stud dog you prefer to use, his stud fee, travel arrangements or semen
shipping arrangements, and any other matters which seem unclear.
All Dogs Kennel
THE SHOW DOG SUPER SITE
BREEDER VET INDEX
Copyright © 1998 Mica Media
All rights reserved. No part of these collective
pages may be reproduced or copied without express written permission of
the author. Copying any part of the lists of links, resources or other
material for internet or other publication anywhere else is specifically
prohibited. Permission to quote one or two sentences for purposes of review
is granted where full credits and URL are cited.