Practical Dog Breeding (1945)
Title: “Practical Dog Breeding”
Author: HARRY C. PEAKE
Publisher: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY New York
Year of Publication: 1945
LOC Catalog Entry: http://lccn.loc.gov/agr45000369
Copyright Status: Public Domain in the United States and countries following the rule of the shorter term
“IN A small town of Missouri a dispute had arisen over the killing of a dog by a neighbor. After all the witnesses had been heard, a young lawyer by the name of Vest, who later became a United States Senator, got to his feet and addressed the jury on behalf of the owner of the dog.
“The best friend a man has in the world,” said Vest, “may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money a man has he may lose. It flies away from him when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw stones of malice when failure settles its clouds upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
“A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the sores and wounds that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
“If misfortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true, even in death.”
If you can read that without feeling a catch in your throat, or maybe a little moisture about your eyes, dog breeding is not for you. But to those who respond to that eloquent appeal, this volume is inscribed with the intention of lending a helping hand. It is not designed as a handbook for use in the larger kennels, but is inspired by some vivid memories of my own early days in “the game.” Days of trial and error—mostly error.
My intention is to deal with the problems arising from the breeding of dogs, but the novice breeder would do well first to take a little time to study what makes a dog happy and contented—in other words, the main things which influence his life. He asks very little of you, and yet if you will give him these few things, he will repay you a hundredfold. Nor will his repayment be entirely in the form of love and loyalty. If you are breeding dogs, you will soon find that they will give a much more tangible type of gratitude, the type that may be passed through the teller’s wicket at the bank.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. PRIMARY CONSIDERATIONS 1
2. GENETICS AND THE EVOLUTION OF BREEDS 10
3. AIMS IN BREEDING 27
4. CHOOSING A BITCH 40
5. CHOOSING A STUD 50
6. HANDLING A STUD 59
7. MATING 69
8. GESTATION 82
9. WHELPING 91
10. POST-NATAL CARE 101
11. CARE OF YOUNG PUPPIES 109
12. WEANING 122
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