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Companion Dog Project Breeding Strategy

  • The goal of pairings is to produce puppies with highly social, resilient, low aggression temperament suitable for life as a family pet; who possess good inherent health, lack of any disease significant impacting quality of life; and sound structure that allows ease of movement and normal exercise tolerance

  • Breeding goals which include an aesthetic component are acceptable if temperament and health are consistently prioritized above appearance in breeding choices 

  • Carrier status of recessive mutations should not be used to exclude dogs from breeding unless all other factors are equal. . Pairings will not be made between two dogs carrying the same deleterious recessive mutation without a strategy to reduce prevalence over time. 

  • Temperament should be the highest and most important consideration when choosing breeding candidates and matching pairs, followed by health, then structure and appearance

  • Sociability with humans and dogs is the most important aspect of temperament to be considered

  • Overall resilience should be emphasized when choosing candidates

  • Selection for individual desired traits, and the frequent introduction of new stock, will be emphasized

  • Predicted genetic COI of puppies will be < or = to 10 % 

  • The use of the oldest possible appropriate healthy stud is encouraged

  • Natural mating is encouraged for at least the first breeding of each dog, to establish its ability to do so. Inability to mate naturally should be considered a negative trait and breeding away from this concern is expected 

  • Successful unassisted natural whelping and mothering of puppies is a breeding goal. Inability to do so should be considered when making breeding decisions, and breeding away from this concern is expected 

  • Fertility should be considered and unexplained small litter sizes should be bred away from 

CDDY/IVVD Guidelines: 

  1. All breeding dogs should be tested for CDDY/IVDD prior to breeding

  2. Breedings that produce affected puppies should be part of a defined strategy to eliminate CDDY/IVDD, with the goal of producing breeding prospects, not simply for the production of pets

  3. Until further evidence is available about the prevalence of pain in CDDY affected dogs is available, litters in which every puppy is expected to be homozygous for CDDY will not be eligible for CDR registration

  4. Puppy buyers should be made aware of the risk of CDDY/IVDD affected puppies prior to placing deposits

  5. All puppies in affected litters should be tested prior to placement, and status should be considered in placement decisions

  6. Puppy buyers should be provided with educational materials outlining their individual puppies status, and when applicable, strategies for preventing injuries, and signs of pain to assess for 

  7. Puppy owners should be encouraged to share educational information with their veterinarian

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