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Committee Established: 2004

Committe Type: Board Appointed

Breeder Education Committee

2011 Breeder Education Committee Annual Report by Kathy McIver

The charge of the Breeder Education Committee (BEC) is to assist Newfoundland breeders and potential Newfoundland breeders by providing access to ongoing education. With NCA breeders producing less than 20% of the litters, it is more critical than ever to provide education and support to new and novice breeders. To help accomplish these goals, the BEC has variety of new and on going programs, such as:

Kennel Management Program/Hearts:
The first part of the kennel management program focuses on collecting data regarding puppies with heart disorders. Dependent on the participation of NCA breeders list breeders, this will offer an analysis of the relative life spans of Newfoundlands with differing puppy heart screening results. Armed with a good overall picture of screening practices, results, and subsequent actions taken, breeders will have more tools to help in correct placement of affected puppies.

In order for this type of data collection to be successful, it is important to guarantee complete confidentiality. To accomplish this, Pat Randall has arranged for data to be sent to individuals (Dr. Suzanne Thomas) at the Medical University of South Carolina who are trained to handle data from clinical trials on alcoholism treatment. Therefore participants in the kennel management program survey will receive the same privacy protection as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

Our committee hopes this study will serve as a prototype for more extensive use of breeders list members as a resource for information of interest to breeders in general, and more specifically to the new breeders. Further, the development of a stable, highly motivated population of individuals for more general health oriented investigation will be extraordinarily valuable in determining ways to preserve and protect our breed!

Regional Club Grant Program:
This program provides a predetermined amount of money to regional clubs that might not otherwise be able to afford to host seminars to encourage and educate new and novice breeders. Some examples of appropriate seminar topics might include brood bitch and/or stud dog management, puppy evaluation, interpretation of the Standard, structure and movement, etc. The BEC evaluates the seminar content prior to recommending funding to the NCA Board of Directors.

Breeder Mentor Program
: Qualified NCA breeder mentors who are willing to work with novice and potential breeders utilizing telephone, email, personal contact, or other appropriate methods are: Janice Anderson, Lynne Anderson Powell, Doreen Beale, May Bernhard, Karin and Fred Bock, Jacqueline Brellochs, Denise Castonguay, John Cornell, Barbara Finch, Roger Frey, Kim Griffith, Larry Hansen, Peggy Helming, Suzanne Jones, Marget Johnson Chris LaMuraglia, Lou Ann Lerner, , Ingrid and Chris Lyden, Brenda Matheny, Jean Mc Adams, Betty McDonnell, Patti Mc Dowell, Kathy Mc Iver Ken and Diane Price, Pat and Judi Randall, Maredith Reggie, Pam Rubio, Brenda Santiago, Reggie Schneider, Robin Seaman, Susan Wagner, and Deb Wigal.

Lending Library:
The library has a total of 28 books and an amazing collection of DVDs. Beginning in 2012, our committee is thrilled to offer the complete collection of NCA Nationals as filmed by K9TV. This is a great way to check out the dogs and bitches appearing in your Newfoundland’s pedigree!

Library items are offered to NCA members and regional clubs for a nominal mailing fee. A list of available items can be found at:

2012 National Forum:
This year’s forum will be a “Hands-on Canine Anatomy Workshop: Learn How to Evaluate Front and Rear Angulation and More!” with Claudia Waller Orlandi Ph.D. Prior to the forum, there will be time to talk with other breeders and fanciers over all you can eat pizza. Please be sure to join us for an exiting evening of informative dog discussion and pizza.

In 2011, founding member, Karin Bock, retired from committee service and Susan Wagner joined our committee. Karin’s wisdom and gentle wit will be greatly missed by the members of our committee! Despite being a fairly new member, Susan has already added much to our committee and proved herself a very hard worker!

Our committee would like to hear from you! Please contact us at with your ideas, comments, and suggestions.

Breeder Education Committee
Janice Anderson, secretary
Lynne Anderson
John Cornell
Suzanne Jones , educational article development
Jean Mc Adams, breeder’s handbook
Kathy Mc Iver, chair
Patrick Randall, kennel program /computer development and statistician
Pam Rubio, recording secretary
Susan Wagner


Duties and Responsibilities

The mission of the Breeder Education Committee is to assist Newfoundland breeders and potential Newfoundland breeders by providing access to on-going education utilizing breeder education forums and outreach programs.

A Breeder Education Mentor Program has been developed as one aspect of the outreach programs. Qualified NCA members work with novice and potential breeders using whatever means of communication best suits the needs of the person or persons requesting mentoring and the style of the NCA member doing the mentoring. Telephone calls, e-mails, or personal contact are some of the ways the mentoring is accomplished. Mentoring services are available to both NCA affiliated and non-affiliated breeders.


History & Board Actions

V36.1 10/30/04
Establish an Ad Hoc Breeders Committee to examine ongoing education through Breeder Education Forums, outreach programs for non-NCA breeders and a development program for novice breeders. By consensus, the Board gave the committee $250.00 in start-up funds and an initial report will be due by the April 2005 face-to-face meeting.
6/29-7/6/05: Ad hoc Breeders Education Committee changed to a standing committee.
1/6/06: Approve the Breeder Education Committee’s Breeder Mentor requirements as follows:
• A NCA Member for a minimum of five years
• Owned and exhibited Newfoundlands for a minimum of ten (10) years
• Bred a minimum of four AKC Champions
• Attended National or Regional Specialties within the past five years
• Able to discuss obedience and working events
• Able to discuss the various health issues and health tests used for prebreeding screening purposes
Candidates should possess an in-depth understanding of the Standard as demonstrated by at least two of the following:
• Has demonstrated skill as an AKC approved or provisional judge or has judged sweepstakes at a specialty
• Has produced Register of Merit Newfoundlands
• Has owned, trained and handled Versatile Newfoundlands
• Must have the ability to discuss the breed without promoting their own kennel and/or bloodline and without being disrespectful to other kennels and/or bloodlines.
1/6/06: Invite each of the Judges Education Committee’s Breed Mentors to also serve as Breeder Education Committee’s Breed Mentors and to request the Judges Education Committee’s Breed Mentors to let the Breeders Education Committee know if he/she will accept the invitation.



Current Projects

Multi Breed Website Review compiled by the Breeder Education Committee

Additional Tables from the 2nd quarter 2009 NewfTide article

Group Detail tables:








Development of Breeder Education Lending Library - titles being acquired for inventory include:

A Breeder's Guide to Genetics: Relax, It's Not Rocket Science,
Ingrid Wood and Denise Como

Introduces concepts such as dominant and recessive genes, polygenic inheritance, and genomic imprinting. Various breeding programs are explored in great detail. Issues such as breeding fads and common myths are candidly addressed. Also information on DNA testing, hybrid vigor, understanding pedigrees, and sex chromosomes. An entire section features the basic concepts of color inheritance. All scientific concepts and terms are clearly explained, often by using practical examples. Includes a carefully selected reference section, and provides breeders with the tools to make more informed breeding decisions.

Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development
Pat Hastings

Learn about the impact of puppy-rearing practices and socialization on a puppy's ability to develop happily and confidently in the challenging human world. Begins with an overview of developmental stages and moves on to selected articles by respected dog people about the contributions breeders and owners can make to their puppies' health, well-being and sure-footedness. Whether you're a breeder, exhibitor, performance competitor, puppy owner or prospective puppy buyer, what you learn may surprise you and will at least make you better prepared for your next experience with puppies.

Born to Win - Breed to Succeed
Patricia Craige

This is a book about the philosophy and learned experiences of one breeder-exhibitor sharing some practical ideas based on a lifetime in dogs. For the breeder, just breeding a good animal is not enough. The puppy must be nourished properly long before the dam is bred, the litter born into the absolute ultimate environment and the puppies raised, trained and conditioned like Olympic athletes! Then, if all goes well, someday the very special athlete will achieve that longed-for success! Contents: Winning Takes a Plan (genetics, breeding programs, etc.), Winning Means Putting Your Plan into Action (selecting breeding stock, putting together a pedigree), Winning Means Hard Work (kennel facilities, picking and raising puppies, conditioning, time management, record, etc.) Winning Means Having Fun (the dog show, handling, sportsmanship, Westminster KC, etc.) Winning Means Special People (mentors, families), Winning Means Factoring in the Future (changes in the breed, grading, tomorrow's breeders.)

Breeding Better Dogs, DVD
By Dr. Carmen Battaglia

If you are trying to develop a breeding program, here's a technique that works. Includes all the information needed to set up, has a clear, concise approach to the principles of breeding, with a basic color chart pedigree system that's practical. Dr. Battaglia has been active in breeding and canine research for more than 25 years.

Canine Reproduction And Whelping: A Dog Breeder's Guide,
Myra Savant-Harris

The essential breeder's guide to canine reproduction problems, artificial insemination, diet, progesterone levels, C-sections, whelping help, removal of dew claws and much, much more. Whether you're a "first-timer" or an experienced breeder, you'll undoubtedly be able to learn something important from this book! If you've been having problems even getting a litter from that important bitch, you'll find some possible answers here. If you're just thinking about breeding your girl for the very first time, you'll want to read this book before you go any further. Down-to-earth and easy to understand

Canine Cineradiography,
Rachel Page Elliot

Slow motion study of canine bone and joint movement, as seen through moving x-rays, offers a close look at skeletal action inside the dog. Dogs were individually filmed and fluoroscoped while moving on a speed-controlled
treadmill in a laboratory. Different types of dogs were chosen to illustrate different ways of moving, some showing normal structure and gait, others with faulty action due to serious orthopedic problems. The study includes x-ray views from the side as well as views from beneath the moving dog. For better understanding the narration is clarified with plain text captions and graphic effects as a veterinarian explains what the film is revealing, and how variances in structure help or hinder performance. This video supplements Dogsteps video with additional material; it was filmed during the same time period, but has recently been re-mastered.

Control of Canine Genetic Diseases
George A. Padgett

The issue of genetic diseases in dogs is a matter of major concern for every dog breeder, every companion dog owner and every serious dog enthusiast. How to understand the mechanics of inheritance, how to deal with percentages, predictability of outcome and how to breed away from such scourges as canine hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and other debilitating conditions are all covered in this important new book by one of the scientific community's most respected authorities on the subject. The text is augmented with charts, graphs, tables and all the data needed to help the dog breeder take a positive role in enhancing the genetic health of his or her own dogs and the health of entire breed populations. Many practical issues are included such as ethical dealings with buyers of puppies showing late onset conditions, test mating and much more. Destined to become a classic on this vital subject.

Dog Breeding as a Fine Art
Amy Fernandez

Won the Dog Writer's Association of America's Award, Best General Reference Book of 2003! A practical handbook for successful dog breeding. Breeding a great dog involves utilizing a vast amount of technical information in a highly creative manner. Learn how to recognize and avoid common pitfalls; refine the selection process by improving your eye for type; understand how to apply genetic principles to your breeding program; recognize the underlying motives that influence your decisions; and use creative thinking skills to resolve difficult problems. Most breeders are striving to leave a mark on a breed, to create dogs superior to what existed before, in beauty, temperament, structural soundness and fitness for their purpose. This book answers why we strive to do it - and HOW.

The Dog And Its Genome
Ostrander, Geiger, Lindbah-Toh

The book that serious breeders and students of canine genetics have been waiting for! Dogs of different breeds can range remarkably in size, shape, and behavior, and yet they all carry essentially the same genome, making them a particularly fascinating model for genome plasticity. The recent release of the complete sequence of the dog genome provides an exciting new context in which to consider such variation. Twenty-six chapters written by experts in the field include various aspects of morphological and behavioral variation in dogs, their origins and domestication, and their unique value as a model system for many common but complex human diseases such as cancer, blindness, deafness, neurological diseases, and epilepsy.

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Carlson and Giffin

In this all-new 3rd edition, Drs. Giffin and Carlson have started from scratch, with all new and updated material, including new photos and drawings. This is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, up-to-date dog care book available anywhere. Contains important changes and new information about: flea prevention, vaccine protocols, cancer treatments, genetics and the role it plays in disease, diseases of the pancreas and liver, canine dental care, health problems of older dogs, treatment of arthritis, diagnostic tools and procedures, puppy socialization and training.

Dogsteps: A New Look DVD
Rachel Page Elliot

Continuing research has produced this third edition of a best seller, containing the most up-to-date scientific information. It is especially aimed at the layperson, with clear, simple wording and easy-to-understand drawings. Study of this material will aid in recognizing what is good and what is faulty action and the application of what is learned should produce rewarding results for the conscientious dog breeder.

Emergency First Aid: Dogs DVD
Apogee Entertainment

The decisions you make in the first critical minutes of a medical emergency
can determine whether or not you successfully get your pet to a veterinarian
for proper care. This DVD will provide the knowledge you need to act quickly
and confidently. Includes CPR; how to recognize shock and what to do; what to do in the case of poisoning and much more. You'll learn what items you should have in your pet first aid kit, and be well-prepared. 8 - 9 minutes longer than the video, with "Hot Buttons" and a bonus section.

Fundamentals of Canine Behavior - 4 disc audio CD set
Suzanne Hetts

Learn what ethology has to say about drives, dominance, heritability of
behavior, communication signals, and more. Designed for people who work with dogs! A great way to prepare for APDT certification! Listen to it in the car
or while walking your dog! Comes with 30 pages of notes to open and print. 4 disc set is based on the live telecourse, which is approved by CCPDT and CACVT

Genetics: An Introduction for Dog Breeders,
Jackie Isabell

While many dog breeders admit they rely on intuition to produce an extraordinarily successful litter, the role of genetics in the production of a quality litter cannot be overlooked. Yet wrapping one's brain around genetics is an overwhelming prospect and not one most breeders take to. Yet by not embracing key genetic concepts and principles, some breeders unfortunately continue to pass on common hereditary problems, such as eye and skeletal disorders, from generation to generation. The author hopes to reverse this trend by providing breeders with a comprehensive yet easy to understand guide to the nature of heredity, the application of genetics to specific breeds, how to control genetic disorders, and the art of breed selection. This book is incredibly thorouh, but understandable by the average dog breeder.

The Genetics of the Dog (Cabi Publishing),

Ruvinsky (animal science, U. of New England, Armidale, Australia) and Sampson (Kennel Club, London) remind us that no other species has such a long association with humans and demonstrates such genetic variation as Canis familiaris. These 19 papers, reflecting progress in the last decade in mammalian genetics driven by the genomic and biotechnological revolutions, represent all major directions in dog genetics. Contributions present up-to-date thinking on such topics as the origin of the domestic dog; consequences of domestication; biochemical and molecular genetics; the genetics of canine hip dysplasia, diseases, and behavior; pedigree analysis; the canine model in medical genetics; and dog genetic data as forensic evidence.

Hereditary Bone and Joint Diseases in the Dog: Osteochondroses, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia
Alida Wind

Designed for the veterinarian, but suitable for the knowledgeable breeder/owner. Offers clear, well-illustrated explanations of dysplasias and various forms of osteochondrosis. Stresses the crucial aspects of selection when choosing animals for breeding. Focuses separately on pet, athletic, working or breeding dogs, and explores expectations and costs associated with each category. Describes the disease progression to osteoarthrosis and the lifetime of pain this can mean for an animal as well as the years of treatment expense for its owner. You will find the answers to questions that clients routinely ask, plus the information you need to support your answers. Text also covers the successes and failures of specific techniques

Puppy Intensive Care: A Breeder's Guide to Care of Newborn Puppies,
Myra Savant-Harri

If puppies are on the way, you want those newborns to have the best possible chance of survival and good health. Learn how to adminster simple but effective measures to help puppies in distress if you cannot call upon the services of a vet in a timely manner. Includes how to assess puppies in distress, tube feeding, oxygen delivery and the equipment you need to have on hand - and much more. What you need to know when you most need it delivered in friendly, non-technical terms from a long-time breeder. Comes with a 32 minute DVD to better illustrate the techniques recommended.

Sounds Good CD - Puppy Habituation
Terry Ryan

Puppies are impressionable. As in human child development, early experiences can influence a puppy's current and future outlook on life. Windows of learning opportunities are opening and closing at a rapid rate. Take advantage of these critical periods by providing an enriched but non-frightening learning environment. This CD will help your puppy get used to a variety of everyday sounds. Please take the time to listen to all instructions before you start to work with your puppy.

The Joy of Breeding your Own Showdog
Anne Serranne

The bible of quality dog breeding, this guide is a must-have for novice and veteran breeders alike, covering everything from developing a viable breeding program based on pedigrees and genetics to whelping, raising, and socializing puppies. Now back in print with a new foreword by AKC Breeder of the Year Wendall Sammett, this book has long been the reference of choice for successful dog breeders.

Whelping and Rearing of Puppies
Muriel Lee

Are you expecting a first litter, and you've never even seen a litter whelped before? Don't worry! "Whelping" is almost like having an experienced canine midwife at your side! It will guide you through the whelping process, covering possible problems and how to deal with them. Includes details for tube feeding puppies, early socialization, weaning, and possible problems with older puppies. You'll feel like an "old pro"! Our most popular (and most complete) book on this subject, designed to keep at your side by the whelping box.

Whelping Healthy Puppies DVD
Sylvia Smart

Provides the secrets of professional breeders, which will enable you to produce healthy puppies. Includes prebreeding screening, prenatal and postnatal nutrition, whelping and possible complications, resuscitation, dewclaw removal, tube feeding puppies, and the answers to common questions from beginners

Whelping Puppies and Their First 8 Weeks, DVD
Ed Frawley

Shows how to plan for whelping your bitch: setting up an area and a suitable box, proper feeding and exercise, worming, health care, actual whelping of the puppies, caring for weak, sick puppies, tube feeding, care of the bitch after whelping, raising the puppies for the first several weeks.








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