Health Issues

Articles about Health Issues

Advances in canine contraception 10 April 2016
by Caroline Coile, Ph.D

Responsible breeders spend more time preventing litters than producing them, but it's not easy when they share their homes with intact dogs and bitches. Lectures about abstinence, saving oneself for the ideal mate, or waiting until obedience school graduation fall on deaf ears. What's a breeder - who doesn't want to be a breeder lust yet - to do?

Canine Reproduction: What's New and What's Coming? 10 April 2016

Since the 1980s an increased awareness and availability of artificial breeding and reproduction techniques have provided dog breeders with alternatives to traditional breeding.

Challenges of Small Gene Pools 10 April 2016
by Caroline Coile, Ph.D

With our knowledge of genetics today, rare-breed fanciers have the advantage of foresight, and the opportunity to ensure that no single dog becomes too prevalent in the pedigrees of future generations.

Coat Color Implications in Canine Health 10 April 2016

Breeders have long been interested in coat color. If they could predict coat color, they could make breeding decisions much easier. Through techniques such as DNA testing and gene mapping, scientists are learning insightful information about coat color in dogs.

Five Genetic Tests Every Kerry Breeder Should Do 10 April 2016
by Terry Nooyen-Coyner

There are five genetics tests available for Kerry Blue Terriers. The newest test is for Canine Multiple System Degeneration (Progressive Neural Atrophy). We highly recommend that anyone breeding a Kerry Blue test your dogs for these genetic disorders.

Genetic Testing Resources 10 April 2016

One of the best ways to stay current on genetic testing is to visit te web sites of the major organizations offering genetic testing. These sites usually include information about tests offered (including those at competing laboratories), fees, collection, disease information, trials and current research projects.

How to Apply Genetic Testing to a Breeding Program 10 April 2016

Significant advances have been made in learning about canine genetic health conditions due in part to a greater awareness of these health conditions and recent advances in the canine and human genome projects.

More Color in Kerries 11 April 2016

Very rarely, Kerries are born with an abnormal color. Here are some pictures of purebred Kerrries with interesting colors.

Popular Sire Syndrome and Concerns of Genetic Diversity 11 April 2016

Most breeders aim to produce quality, healthy litters that exemplify the breed standard. What breeders may not realize is that too much breeding to one dog may give the gene pool an extraordinary dose of its genes, including any detrimental recessive genes that may not be discovered until later generations.

Probiotics to Boost the Immune System 11 April 2016

The role of the intestinal tract in nutrient absorption is well recognized. However, it is the microflora that naturally inhabit the intestinal tract and their vital role in maintaining normal functioning of the gut and immune system that are often overlooked

The Basics of Coat Color Genetics for the Kerry Blue and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 11 April 2016
by Neil O'Sullivan , Geneticist & the Kennel help for Geragold SCWT & KBT Adel, Iowa, USA

The black coat a Kerry is born with is the result of the A A genotype and it is dominant to the a/y a/y wheaten coat. A low percentage of Kerries still carry the a/y allele and when two A a/y Kerries are bred up pops the wheaten colored Kerry. No solid black Wheatens are born from wheaten (a/y a/y) colored parents.

The truth about false pregnancies 11 April 2016
by Caroline Coile, Ph.D

As Lorna Boydston's Great Dane approached her due date, she gave every indication that a big litter was on the way. She was huge, and as Boydston described her, 'a walking dairy bar.' Labor began, but after hours of straining no puppies were produced. A certified vet tech, Boydston, of Colbert, Wash., couldn't feel any puppies, so she took the bitch for a radiograph - which showed why. There weren't any puppies. Yet the labor continued for another 36 hours.

Question of the Week

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Today is October 27, 2016

In this month in 1987:

The Southern California Kerry breeder, Ray Perry, was murdered on his way back from a dog show.