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Who’s Your Daddy? – Is AKC’s DNA Testing Procedure Working?

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106 – July, 2020

By Susan Jeffries

It was a beautiful litter of three healthy, lively puppies — one girl and two boys. While I had shown several breeds and whelped numerous litters for nearly 50 years, this was only my second litter in a new, small breed. The litter was whelped in March, 2010.

My foundation bitches were a couple of 8-week-old littermates which I purchased in January, 2006, and this litter was from one of those girls. She was a top-winning three-year-old, bred to a well-known sire. It was an artificial breeding, using fresh chilled semen collected from the sire and shipped overnight to my vet for insemination into my bitch.

All three puppies grew up to become champions. The girl went to a very knowledgeable breeder who finished her at 18 months of age with a Best of Breed win over a huge entry, including a ring full of champions.

I kept both boys and finished them myself. They were wonderful in the ring, but at home they started fighting. I quickly learned that two intact males in my new breed didn’t make good companions.

I sold one of the champion boys to a family with a 14-year-old girl that I met at my vet’s office. She was a delightful, smart kid who was interested in learning how to show. I mentored her, and before long she and her new dog were winning and placing in groups in tough competition. Our friendship has grown, and now, after seven years, the daughter is graduating from college, and the family has five of my dogs, all champions, that sleep with them.

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