Often, the dog that is diagnosed with mild ED of one sort or another belongs to someone active in the sport end of the dog game, having no plans to breed but wanting to do obedience or schutzhund work.

Dog Eat Dog - The Grisly Truth

There 's a retail boom going on in in North America. While consumer spending is down in many areas, savvy companies have learned that there is very little the doting owner can deny their pet.

Calcinosis Cutis, Calcium Circumscripta, Canine Gout


The subject ailment is an imbalance in mineral assimilation resulting in abnormal deposits, sometimes between bones, often in layers of the skin or integument. Calcium deposits in the skin can be the result of injury, of metabolic changes, or of unknown factors. Since mineralization (calcium deposits) in skin can occur in a wide variety of unrelated diseases, a common thread among them is not easy to establish.

Birth Defects: Cleft Palate Why and When


Hope that you never have a litter with cleft palates. But if you do, this may explain the cause of at least some cases.



The most common congenital anomaly of the scrotum and testicles is the apparent absence of one or both gonads. I use the word “apparent” because the missing testicle(s) usually are actually present inside the body cavity of the dog.


New more invasive strains of streptococci have recently appeared, resulting in frightening new diseases in both humans and dogs.  Both humans and dogs can develop streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, with the rapid development of symptoms of shock, high fever (104 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, abnormalities of coagulation and rapid death.

Purebred Dog Breeds into the Twenty-First Century: Achieving Genetic Health for Our Dogs

A correct and full understanding of these simple truisms is vital to the proper functioning of the entire canine fancy and to the health and well being of the animals which are the object of that fancy.

Purebred Dog Breeds into the Twenty-First Century: Achieving Genetic Health for Our Dogs Part 2

The difference between the fittest genotype of a population and the average fitness of that population is known as genetic load. [Muller, 1950] It is, of course, caused by the presence of lethal, sublethal and subvital alleles.

Conditioning for the Ausdauerprüfung (AD)

This article outlines an example program and provides some tips for preparing for and participating in the AD (Ausdauerprüfung)with your schutzhund dog.