Breeders Skills

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  1. Breed Standard - Written, illustrated and video versions
  2. Breed Knowledge - Function, purpose of your breed. Know the dreaded diseases, those that cause: blindness, early death, cripples or kill
  3. Select sires and dams - Methods used to identify strength and weaknesses of each ancestor
  4. Evaluate pedigrees - For depth, breadth; vertical and horizontal evaluations
  5. Evaluate litter - Follow-up on pups after they mature
  6. Choosing the best puppies- Systematic approach that avoid mistakes called from the "Bottom up"
  7. Develop record System - 3 ring binders, pedigree software are ideal for articles, and record keeping
  8. Manage, feed and develop what you keep – know how to control wt., rest, exercise, groom, develop a vocabulary

For a full discussion of breeder skills see Breeding Dogs to Win

About the Author

Carmen L Battaglia holds a Ph.D. and Masters Degree from Florida State University. As an AKC judge, researcher and writer, he has been a leader in promotion of breeding better dogs and has written many articles and several books.Dr. Battaglia is also a popular TV and radio talk show speaker. His seminars on breeding dogs, selecting sires and choosing puppies have been well received by the breed clubs all over the country.