April 1, 2022

A Guest Blog from Ari Katz on His Dog's Puppies

So many of you comment on how much you love seeing photos of my four dogs - my Chow Chows, Champion Empress Qin and Emperor Han, and my French Bulldogs, Creme Brûlée and Bête Noire. I always enjoy sharing updates on them and I'm happy to report, they're all doing very well. Many of you also comment on how much you enjoy seeing photos of puppies, especially those of my young friend, Ari Katz. Ari is a very serious and passionate dog fancier. He enjoys breeding, raising, and showing champion Labrador Retrievers. Here is an update on his dogs and their babies.

This past winter, I decided to breed one of my dogs, Kima, to a male named Daniel. It is very important before you even decide to breed a dog to consider all perspectives. This includes veterinarian care for pregnant dogs and the litter of puppies plus all of the proper preliminary tests and clearances both sire and dam should have before getting bred. Foundations, such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), are set up to help ensure the longevity and health of each breed. Responsible Labrador Retriever breeders X-ray their dogs’ elbows and hips for dysplasia along with getting echocardiograms done to ensure their dogs do not have congenital heart disease or any heart murmurs. Breeders like myself will also get their dogs' eyes examined by an ophthalmologist once a year to make sure our dogs do not have any abnormalities in the eyelids, cornea, uvea, or lens. Finally, good stud dogs (Daniel included) are tested for an array of genetic diseases such as Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC), the dilute gene, copper toxicosis, and many others. Dogs who pass all of these exams and clearances should only be considered for breeding. To breed a dog without these clearances or to purchase a puppy from a breeder who does not test their dogs can hurt the breed and lead to an unhealthy dog in the long run.

Equally as important in selecting which dogs to breed or puppies to purchase is temperament. Temperament is so important in breeding dogs because you are responsible for passing down the next generation of pets, service animals, companions, or show dogs. It is crucial that breeders only keep dogs that exhibit temperaments that are appropriate for the breed. Labradors, for instance, must exhibit a friendly, outgoing demeanor with both their kennel mates and all people. A Labrador should neither be shy nor aggressive. One must research the breed’s temperament and ask the right questions.

Enjoy these photos, and to learn more about my Labradors, my kennel, and my puppies, please visit www.aklabradors.com. For more information on dogs, the sport of showing them, how to find a reputable breeder, and articles about dog care and training, visit the American Kennel Club.