Is UK dog breeding due an upgrade?

by Darren Jamieson on January 10, 2010

As recently reported in The Times, there are moves in progress which could alter dog breeding standards in Britain. Controversy about stud dogs and dog breeding is not new, but some of the ‘great and the good’ are now wading into the debate.

For example, Sir Patrick Bateson is (more…)

Using a stud dog directory

by Darren Jamieson on December 12, 2009

A stud directory serves two purposes, firstly to allow a dog breeder to select the most appropriate stud dog for their breeding bitch and secondly to allow a stud dog owner to advertise the services of their dog.

Assuming you have already considered all the expense of letting your dog have puppies and all the other things you should know before you breed and have decided that it is the right thing for you to do, then your first task will be to find a stud dog.

Finding the right stud dog is often no easy task.  You want (more…)

Kennel Club drops Accredited breeder

by Darren Jamieson on September 7, 2009

kennel-club-puppy-farm-01A former KC Accredited Breeder has been dropped from the scheme after a DNA analysis apparently proved that her Cocker Spaniel had given birth to four litters of puppies without having even a single season’s break between litters, according to the Kennel Club.

Following criticism of the Kennel Club for not being sufficiently vigilant and strict with dog breeders, it has become clear that even the terms of their Accredited Breeder Scheme (ABS) are insufficient to monitor breeders.

The breeder in question, Miss Marrison of Tapsanav Cockers was not only a member of the Kennel Club’s Accredited Breeder Scheme but also registered as a breeder with her local council, Eastleigh Borough Council.

This reported over-breeding only (more…)

German shepherd breeding clubs targeted by Kennel Club

by Leanne Thompson on August 8, 2009

german_shepherdIt seems a long time ago since the BBC broadcast the Pedigree Dogs Exposed documentary but the reaches of that programme and the waves it caused have been continuing.

The Kennel Club came under much fire, whether rightly or wrongly (we have debated this in an earlier article Pedigree Dogs Exposed: The Aftermath), but it seems they have seen fit to change their ways and in their words, speed already-planned activities up with the now (more…)

Questions about dog mating

by Leanne Thompson on May 17, 2009

We have already published articles about deciding to breed your dog and choosing a stud dog, but there are not as many articles about the actual dog mating.

In general, the first time dog breeder should not be breeding a litter without having first researched what is involved and preferably been involved in dog breeding through another breeder, but sadly there are some who simply decide to breed their dog without looking into it properly because they want a puppy from their dog or worse still, simply to make some money.  The worst case scenario would be a first-time dog breeder taking their bitch to a first-time, unproven stud dog owner and although this is rare, it does happen.

Here are the answers to a few often asked questions (more…)

Stud dog fathers 227 puppies

by Darren Jamieson on May 12, 2009

stud-dog-otusThe number of puppies produced from a stud dog quickly adds up over the years, but Labrador Otus is a super stud dog having produced 227 puppies.

Otus is a Labrador in Australia and celebrates his 16th birthday this month, along with a few of his great-great-grandpuppies, pictured here with Otus himself. They are named Inca, Isaac, Imrod and Indy. He has already had an early birthday party with neighbouring dogs Sophie and Digger and received a few birthday cards.

Amongst his 227 puppies are four more study dogs, 82 guide dogs and three detector dogs working for the New South Wales police force.

At the grand age of sixteen, Otus’s breeding days are (more…)

Does being a stud dog make him more aggressive?

by Leanne Thompson on May 5, 2009

Some people believe that if a dog is used as a stud dog his temperament will change and he might become more aggressive or his temperament may change somehow.  However, this is not normally the case at all.

What will happen is that your stud dog will become (more…)

First dog Bo: watch his video and read his blog

by Leanne Thompson on April 15, 2009

I doubt any other ‘first dog’ has had as much attention as Bo, the Portuguese water dog chosen by Malia and Sasha Obama to be the president’s ‘first dog’.

Reporters worldwide turned up to video Bo’s first appearance outside the White House yesterday and today, Bo even has his own blog article on The Telegraph’s website that you can read where he talks about his humiliation outside the White House.

You can also watch a video of Bo here:

Stud dog Phil unchanged by Kennel Club Crufts hype

by Leanne Thompson on March 4, 2009

If you haven’t heard of the debacle between the BBC and the Kennel Club over the last twelve months, then where have you been?

Last March, Crufts was bathed in loving attention from 160,000 dog loving visitors and attracted more than £14 million viewers to its BBC showing, but that was before the BBC showed its pedigree exposé, Pedigree Dogs Exposed in August 2008.

Since then, the Kennel Club has lost valuable sponsorship from both the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust amongst others and, following further arguments with the BBC where the Kennel Club refused to ban 14 ‘problem’ breeds from Crufts (namely the bulldog, Pekingese, mastiff, chow chow, the bloodhound, german shepherd, clumber spaniel, dogue de bordeaux, cavalier king charles, basset hound, neapolitan mastiff, shar pei, rhodesian ridgeback and the saint Bernard), it was dropped from the BBC schedule for the first time since 1966 in a move that some say was hypocritical as the BBC’s Eastenders later featured a Saint Bernard being used as a show dog and a stud dog.

Crufts 2009 is still to proceed, but will no doubt suffer from all the negative press received.

Last year’s Crufts Best in Show is Phil, show (more…)

English Bulldog stud dog service goes wrong

by Darren Jamieson on February 28, 2009

A family in America who tried to use their English Bulldog as a stud dog have found their dreams have turned into nightmares. Their English Bulldog, Turk, was to have earned them $3,000 for his services, as that’s the going rate for British Bulldogs as stud dogs, however they have yet to receive their dog back from the dog breeder who was using him.

Turk’s owner, Jodi Szaefer, went to pick her dog up at the end of January but when they arrived at the dog breeder’s home, instead of receiving their stud dog (more…)

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