What Makes a Preservation Breeder
“Breeding” is a combination of art, science, dedication and commitment and should never be undertaken lightly. Breeding dogs is not just a matter of acquiring a dog and bitch from anywhere and mating them and — hey presto — PUPPIES. You can do that, but that does not make you a breeder, just a puppy farmer, who is of no benefit to the breed, or the community. A truly caring, responsible breeder realizes that he or she alone has made the decision that those very babies should be conceived and born. This kind of breeder feels responsibility for each puppy’s health, temperament and rearing, provides an example for others to follow and remains committed to each puppy’s welfare, even after it leaves the breeder’s hand!

If you really love this breed, be an asset to it. Read and learn all that you can to become a caring and responsible breeder so that future generations of purebreds will benefit. 

The future of any pure breed of animal (dog, cat, horse, etc.) depends solely upon human “guardians” who assess and promote only quality animals as breeding stock. Purebreds bred with no planning may be no better than breeding by random choice. Poor quality dogs, even though they are purebred dogs, reproduced over several generations, will allow the evolution of offspring with little or no resemblance to the original generations. If we want to always have beautiful, sound, purebred dogs around as pets for future generations, then we must assure that someone is breeding to protect and preserve those essential traits. - - Susie Wong, Darlington Great Pyrenees
Puppy Referral System Debuts

The NCA has launched the new Puppy Referral System. This program allows any NCA member to list a planned litter, puppies available or an adult needing placement.

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Update Your Member Profile

If you are using the Puppy Referral System, or if you are part of the Breeder of Distinction Program, your contact information will be pulled from your member profile listing. If you would like to update your Member Profile to include your kennel name, website or social media profile, START HERE or watch this how-to video will take your through the quick and easy process step-by-step.
Brackets Formula

By the early 1950's, Lloyd C. Brackett had become a legend in his own time. In part because of the quality of the dogs he produced and in part because of his candor when addressing problems related to the breeding of canines.

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Breadth of Pedigree

Analyzing the pedigree of a sire and dam before making the decision to breed has always been one of the best ways to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the breeding pair. Breeders have used this approach for centuries to make improvements.

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Continuing Education

In actively breeding males, it is recommended that semen be comprehensively evaluated every 2 - 4 months at a minimum. In this way, any change in the status of the ejaculate will be detected early. In males that are not being used actively, it is recommended that semen be evaluated just prior to the onset of the bitch’s season during which breeding will occur or at the very start of the bitch’s cycle.

Article from Dr. Cheryl Lopate. Dr Lopate is a member of the American College of Theriogenologists and Society for Theriogenology.

Continuing Education

The ABC's of Dog Breeding program takes a practical, step-by-step approach to the art and science of breeding. The goal of the ABC's of Dog Breeding is to provide a home study course for dog breeders by gathering together in one comprehensive program the "need to know" information from the fields of domestic animal breeding and canine genetics. The course is written in collaboration with Claudia Waller Orlandi, Ph.D., and designed by the AKC Canine College.

Claudia was a 2009 Dogs in Review Outstanding Breeder nominee and she was honored to be named as the 2009 AKC Breeder of the Year.
Breeder Of Distinction Launch

The Newfoundland Club of America believes in honoring responsible breeders who have gone above and beyond on health issues, temperament, and genetic screening, as well as to the individual care and placement of puppies in responsible homes. The NCA Breeder of Distinction Program recognizes those breeders who are dedicated to preserving breed characteristics and producing healthy, well-socialized Newfoundlands. We consider them the most conscientious and most committed breeders.

Quick Quiz - Answer in the next issue...
Which Health Tests are part of the CHIC testing scheme for Newfoundlands?
Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Degenerative Myelopathy, Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia, Entropion, Cystinuria, Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Elbow Dysplasia, Subaortic Stenosis, Degenerative Myelopathy, Cystinuria
Subaortic Stenosis, Cystinuria, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia
Neonatal Nutrition
Following up to our quiz in the last issue - here is a great resources on feeding neonatal orphans, compiled by Maddie's Fund™

Recommended Reading

"This is a good read to make us more aware, while weaving our way in and out of gene pools. Includes key characteristics of diseases, including pathogenesis, genetics, risks, and common presentations" - Bill Shelton
Studies Enrolling Participants

ENROLLING DOGS IN A CLINICAL TRIAL TO INVESTIGATE A NEW, SAFE ORAL MEDICATION THAT AIMS TO DECREASE JOINT PAIN. Enrollment from- 08/24/2021 - 12/31/2021 Eligibility: Dogs must be over 30 lbs, have pain caused by osteoarthritis, and be relatively healthy. READ MORE