Breeding Detection Dogs with Kate Graham, Part 1

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Kate Graham from Katalyst Kennels about breeding detection dogs.

Science Highlight: Effects of maternal investment, temperament, and cognition on guide dog success

What health testing is important in the field?

  • Pay attention to health conditions in the breed, like orthopedics (OFA hips and elbows), echocardiograms, and eyes
  • Look at the breadth of pedigree, not just the dog itself
  • General genetic testing to find carriers

What about successful sporting dogs with less-solid pedigrees?

  • Looking for dogs that work independently, highly motivated, and handler resilient in terms of performance
  • Then see if the health-related issues can be bred with a complimentary pedigree
  • Behavioral issues are not worth the risk
  • Sometimes this won’t be successful, but other times it will be

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