New Information Below recommended by Otterhound breeders. Scroll down to see resources!
It is the wise new breeder that looks for guidance for breeding coming from predecessors. This segment of Otterhound University was written to share the goals and intention of many Otterhound breeders. Please use the dropdown menu below the Breeder's Guide to see the breeding program(s) available. The questions posed were developed by the OHU committee starting from questions posed to Basset Hound breeders in their University breeder's video. Our group decided this website would safeguard this valuable information and make it accessible for the future. We will be approaching each of our long-term breeders over time asking them to share their wisdom and make it available along with photographs of their breeding stock. We recognise those breeders willing to share their joys and sorrows of breeding along with the knowledge they have acquired along the way. We hope you will appreciate and enjoy their stories. Many thanks to Eibhlin Glennon and Bev Krejsa for their willingness to be the first and help work out the details. Watch for more stories as we put them together.
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Popular Resources from Otterhound Club of America Inc. Breeders
Many thanks for suggestions from Katie Wright, Sonnya Wilkins, Robin Keeling, Lisa Kaschak.
When questioned by Otterhound University, The Number One most popular resource mentioned by almost all breeders is the book by Dr. Marthina Greer, DVM, JD. This book is valuable for veterinarians and their staff as well as for breeders. Whether in the middle of a whelping session or wondering about caring for your stud dog or a million other concerns about reproduction or caring for your puppies, you can find answers in this book.
During the Pandemic, Dr. Greer wrote this second book as a guide for breeders and puppy buyers about caring for those puppies raised during the pandemic as well as the latest information about caring for that puppy whether medically, physically or socially. Lots of detailed information about the use of flea/tick products as well as heartworm medications. Another can't miss resource!
Listen to these informative podcasts in your car, when out for a walk or any other time. You won't believe all that you can learn. Laura Reeves is the host.
With more than 500+ episodes, 2 million downloads, and 300+ five-star ratings on iTunes, the Pure Dog Talk show is the only leading purebred podcast in the world. Every week, Laura talks to the legends of the sport and gives you the tips and tools to create an awesome life with your purebred dog. #PureDogTalk You can access the full library here: Pure Dog Talk - The voice of purebred dogs.
So many breeders are now taking cues from Puppy Culture. You can purchase videos, check out their streaming library and even purchase equipment supporting the ideas promoted by puppy culture. As a puppy buyer you can continue that great start by following the advice of Puppy Culture. Be sure to Google it. There is also a link below.
The ABC's of Dog Breeding Home Study Program takes a practical, step-by-step approach to the art and science of breeding by focusing on 7 key tools and concepts. These include (1) genetics, (2) breeding systems, (3) pedigree, (4) selection, (5) anatomy, (6) kennel blindness and (7) genetic defects.
This unique resource offers a general overview of canine body systems and how each system affects the breeding process. Key topics include nutrition, pharmacology, microbiology, parasitology, vaccinations, genetics, and endocrinology, as well as normal anatomy and disorders of the male and female reproductive systems.
It provides illustrations which make important information more readily available and provide more accurate representations of actual clinical appearance. Each chapter begins with frequently asked questions and answers, offering quick and easy access to key information, and ends with a “Test Your Understanding” section that encourages readers to review what they have just read and apply it to real-life situations.
Books by Pat Hastings and friends
Pat has been involved in the dog world since 1959. Her career has progressed from owner-handler to breeder, professional handler, educator and AKC judge for the Working, Herding, Non-Sporting, Toy and Terrier Groups, Junior Handling and Best in Show. Along the way, Pat has chaired local shows, National Specialties and a major benefit for "Take the Lead". She is a great believer in the value of mentoring and has worked with novices and new judges providing information, moral support and encouragement. Her years of dedication to the sport of dogs led to her being awarded the 2014 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award in Conformation. She has written 4 books and produced a helpful video called Puppy Puzzle.
This book is perhaps the single best reference that you will need when it comes to producing high quality award-winning dogs. Based on research and experience, this state- of-the-art book offers 70 illustrations of easy-to-use information. The text begins by anticipating the type of information most dog breeders will need. It avoids the jargon of the scientist and is presented in a very readable format. Each chapter builds on the next and shows the reader how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of pedigrees in a clear and easy-to-understand style. It begins by addressing many of the misconceptions commonly found in dog breeding and genetics. It explains how the novice or seasoned professional can take the guesswork out of breeding.
The most important book on dog breeding and showing ever written just got bigger and better! Complete with new and updated content by Patricia Craige Trotter, who won her signature breed group at Westminster a record-breaking ten times, Born to Win, Breed to Succeed, 2nd edition is now the most inclusive how-to guide on dog shows ever written. This full-color edition feature s updated and revised information on everything from tips for breeders, owners, and handlers to the proper documentation of your breeding program. In addition to the expanded content, this book also contains more than 400 color photographs of historic and current show dogs with informational sidebars.
From Robin Keeling: It is extremely helpful to start puppies off desensitized to loud or scary noises. Puppy Culture has a method of desensitizing puppies to loud noises. This also can be mimicked by YouTube Videos or audio recordings of different sounds that the puppy might later be faced with. For example, we had a puppy going into an Arson Detection program when she left our care. That whole litter got to listen to sirens, fire, water hoses and other fire scene sounds from the time their ears started to open. I start on barely audible from the day the ears start to open and gradually increase volume and duration each day.
Cavids Titer Testing--Canine Nomograph--What is it?
A nomograph is an estimate of the amount of antibody passed to a litter of pups from the mother via her colostrum. During the puppy’s first hours of life, its intestinal tract is able to allow colostral antibody to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This passive antibody helps to protect the newborn from all the diseases that the mother is protected from. As the puppy grows up, maternal antibody breaks down in approximately 2 week “half lives” until it is no longer present in the pup. While this antibody is at higher levels, it is able to neutralize viruses such as canine parvovirus and canine distemper virus. Because of this neutralization, puppy vaccine can be blocked. Maternal antibody interference is one of the most common causes of vaccine failure to immunize! The reason that puppies are given multiple doses of vaccine is because most of the time we don’t know what their maternal antibody titers are, and so don’t know when the vaccine will be effective. Nomograph testing helps us understand the best timing of vaccination to assure a litter will be effectively immunized. Because the nomograph is limited by the ability of the dam to make colostrum and for the pups to receive it, nomograph results should not be used as a definitive indication of protection from disease. If you are a breeder who is experiencing a disease outbreak, please contact us(University of Wisconsin school of Veterinary Medicine) prior to submitting a nomograph.(Reference: Baker, Robson, Gillespie, Burgher, and Doughty. A nomograph that predicts the age to vaccinate puppies against distemper. Cornell Veterinarian, Aug 1958, page 158-167.) https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b4179385 (Reference: Carmichael, Joubert, and Pollock. A modified live canine parvovirus vaccine. II. Immune response. Cornell Veterinarian,1983 Jan; 73(1):13-29.