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Boris Recommends the Following Books on Breeding and Feeding

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Give your dog a bone "Give Your Dog A Bone" Dr. Ian Billinghurst
ISBN: 0646160281

A great book for people who wish to improve the health of their dogs It provides losts of insights why one should feed BARF rather than cooked and processed food. Lots of comparisons between the different styles of feeding popular today. It includes detailed instructions on creating a balanced raw foods diet. - Marianne Macdonald

Grow your pup with bones "Grow Your Pups With Bones" Dr. Ian Billinghurst
ISBN: 0958592500

It is another excellent book which explains feeding BARF for breeding and producing healty puppies and growing them into healthy adults without any of the skeletal diseases which are so common in modern dogs. - Marianne Macdonald

If you are a breeder a pet owner or thinking about getting a puppy I highly recommend this book. We have been feeding the "Barf" diet for a while now as much as we can but we are so thrilled with the results we are trying to feed it all the time and to the young puppies after they are weaned as well. - Madeline Knowles

Kymythy R. Schultze "Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats: The Ultimate Pet Diet" by Kymythy R. Schultze
Paperback (October 1999) Hay House; ISBN: 1561706361

Similar to Dr. Ian Billinghurst's books. It includes the basic food groups, instructions on preparing the meals, making some treats, switching to a natural diet, special diets for special needs. A must have addition. - Marianne Macdonald

Case, Carey, Hirakawa, and Dristotle "Canine and Feline Nutrition, a Resource for Companion and Animal Professionals" by Case, Carey, Hirakawa, and Dristotle
Hardback (August 2000)
Published by Mosby, ISBN: 0-323-00443-1

It looks very comprehensive, and provides the specifics of dietary needs that I've been craving! Now to find time to read it!
- Pat Long

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control of canine genetic diseases "Control of Canine Genetic Diseases" by George Padgett, DVM
ISBN: 0876050046

I highly recommend this book for anyone who breeds dogs or is thinking about breeding dogs. Dr Padgett explains in uncomplicated language: modes of inheritance, how to conduct and analyze test matings, and how to lower the chances of producing a dog with a serious genetic defect. The book provides tools, techniques, and tables to assist the breeder in analyzing their pedigrees and in making educated breeding decisions. The issue of minimizing genetic disorders in dogs should be a matter of concern for all dog breeders and "Control of Canine Genetic Diseases" outlines how to face that challenge. I have to agree with another reviewer who said, "this is an essential book for anyone who breeds dogs". - Robin Camken

Breeding a Litter "Breeding A Litter: The Complete Book of Prenatal and Postnatal Care" by Beth J. Finder Harris
Hardcover - 254 pages (March 1993), IDG Books Worldwide; ISBN: 0876054149

Recommended by - Carol Lingley

Canine Reproduction "Canine Reproduction: The Breeder's Guide" by Phyllis A. Holst MS DVM
Hardcover 2nd edition (November 1999)
Alpine Pubns; ISBN: 1577790286

A guide to the anatomy and physiology of canine reproduction, which is a valuable reference guide for the layperson and seasoned breeder. The book includes many charts, photographs and illustrations. - Alpenhorn Review

Successful Dog Breeding "Successful Dog Breeding : The Complete Handbook of Canine Midwifery" by Chris Walkowicz and Bonnie Wilcox DVM
ISBN: 0876057407

This books covers all of the basics in an informal, easy to understand style in step by step detail. The advice solid and practical advice. - Alpenhorn Review

Thw Whelping and Rearing of Puppies "The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies" by Muriel P. Lee
Hardcover - 128 pages Spiral edition (December 1997)
Tfh Publications; ISBN: 0793804973

The author gives step by step directions, telling you what to look for and what is good as well as what means trouble. She also deals with puppy placement, giving guidelines to assist you.
- Alpenhorn Review

For lots of neat photographs, The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies (A Complete and Practical Guide) by Muriel P. Lee.
- Carol Lingley

"Breeding & Showing Purebred Dogs" by Robert B. Freeman & Toni C. Freeman.
ISBN: 155870227X

Also helpful, Breeding & Showing Purebred Dogs: More Adventures on the Road to Westminster, Robert B. Freeman & Toni C. Freeman.
- Carol Lingley

"Genetics & the Social Behavior of the Dog: the Classic Study" by Scott, John Paul & Fuller, John L.
University of Chicago Press, 1974, Chicago. ISBN 0226743381

Another book for every dog lover's library. "Genetics & the Social Behavior of the Dog: the Classic Study", Scott & Fuller.

This book was recently brought back into print. I doubt that they did a huge print run, so get your copy. You may also be able to find it used under the title 'Dog Behaviour: the genetic basis'.

These are the original experiments that determined critical periods for dogs among other things. The intent was to study the effect of heredity on behaviour & there is a lot of information on the heredity of different factors, both behavioural & physical - perhaps of interest to breeders. I found the statistical sections to be a little heavy going, but the math-challenged can kind of skip over the equations & look at the conclusions. For those who enjoy this sort of thing, they do reference the original papers as well.

The studies looked at behaviour in 5 breeds of dog - cocker, sheltie, beagle, basenji, & wire fox terriers & in cocker/basenji hybrids. They compared behaviour of the test dogs with observed behaviour of wild canids. They analyzed the effects of socialization & environment on the puppies. They determined critical periods & their effects on the development of social relationships. They tested different aspects of trainability.

I recommended this book to several people & one person reported back to me that they kept saying 'duh! everyone knows that' & then remembering that THIS is why everyone knows that. This is a very important study that we use daily as an assumed basis for almost all of our knowledge of dog behaviour. The original guide dog puppy raising program was set up based on these experiments. It was using this information that Clarence Pfaffenberger developed his theories of dog training & behaviour.

- Lisa Baldwin

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