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Introduction: From the inception the exhibitor should understand that the breed show for German Shepherd Dogs is not a beauty contest. The Breed shows serve to evaluate the potential and mature breed stock available in the country. In addition to the correct construction the dog should...

The following tips have been extracted from manuals supplied by the National Breed supervisor of the Netherlands and are a combination of  suggestions made by various people. The main contents are the tips provided by Mr J. Verdaasdonk, the owner of the Huize Hintdonk kennels....

The end of dioestrus (the period corresponding to pregnancy or false pregnancy) is indicated hormonally by de decrease in the level of progesterone in the blood, a temporary increase in oestrogen that allows dilatation of the cervix, and an increase in prolactin, the hormone responsible...

Prenatal supervision begins with the prenatal veterinary visit, which is essential for the first time or at risk-mothers. The visits should take place in the eight week of gestation. -A gynaecological examination of the bitch will reveal any possible obstacles to whelping. The presence of fibrous...

Hormones and pregnancy. Pregnancy is sustained by the presence of a large quantity of a certain hormone: progesterone. This is a secreted by the corpus luteum of the ovary from the start to the end of the pregnancy. Progesterone is always present during the two months...

The Mating Act [image_hover image='https://hofkennel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/mating.jpg' hover_image='' link='' target='undefined' animation='undefined' transition_delay=''] After selecting the parents and estimating the time of ovulation, the owner presents the bitch to the dog to be served. For health reasons, it is best to check ahead of time to make sure that neither...

The Bitch in Heat The bitch’s sexual cycle A bitch’s sexual cycle is monoestrus (only one ovulation per cycle) with spontaneous (which means that ovulation cannot be triggered by mating, as that in a cat). It comprises four successive stages: Pro-oestrus, a preparatory stage before ovulation; Oestrus,...

Puppy M P C I I C P M Total 3 1 3 3 1 3 14 upper jaw 3 1 3 3 1 3 14 lower jaw 6 2 6 6 2 6 28 Total Adult 2 4 1 3 3 1 4 2 20 upper jaw 3 4 1 3 3 1 4 3 22 lower low 5 8 2 6 6 2 8 5 42 Total   [image_hover image='https://hofkennel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/gebis.gif' hover_image='' link='' target='undefined' animation='undefined' transition_delay=''] [image_hover image='https://hofkennel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/zahn_2-1.jpg' hover_image='' link='' target='undefined' animation='undefined' transition_delay=''] Jaws [image_hover image='https://hofkennel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Jaw3-1.gif' hover_image='' link='' target='undefined' animation='undefined' transition_delay=''] (Barred from breeding when the gap between the upper and lower teeth is more than the width of a match. Level bite is still...

Why is Breeding According to the Standard Important for Performance? Translated by Elke Effler from the SV Zeitung, June 1998 issue I don't care what the dog looks like, so long as he can work, bite, track, be able to cope with stress and, if possible get...

ANATOMY AND PERFORMANCE ARE INSEPARABLE Nearly a century ago, von Stephanitz began developing the breeding guidelines for the GSD, or as one might say today, he "created" them. He was intrigued by the untiring work of guard dogs, and driven by the desire to use them in...