|A Dentition Database and Chaos Management
The AKC breed standards that address complete dentition represent a wide variety of hunting, working and companion breeds. From Rottweilers to Border Collies, missing teeth can be considered a serious fault or cause for disqualification. Senior Editor Christi McDonald informs Best In Show Daily readers of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animal’s recently established dentition database. Open to all breeds and used to certify full dentition, the database has received 345 submissions in the first quarter of 2012 alone. Find out how many breeds are represented so far, and learn which one is included despite having a standard that does not address full dentition.
Having a house full of happy dogs is Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn’s ongoing mission. In today’s Down and Back, she lists a few of the ways she manages her males when a bitch comes in season. Baby gates, special treats and patience are her best tools for managing the household when chaos comes to visit.
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OFA Creates New Dentition Database
By Christi McDonald
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, more commonly known to fanciers as OFA, recently established a dentition database at the request of the American Rottweiler Club. The new database is open to all breeds and is used to certify full dentition.
Any licensed veterinarian may perform the examination for submission to OFA, recording the exam results on an “Application for Dentition Database” There is no minimum age for submission but, of course, prior to certification all adult teeth must be fully erupted. OFA notes that the purpose of the database is to certify that all adult teeth are fully erupted and present. It is not intended to certify compliance with any specific breed standard. more
When Chaos Comes to Visit
By Pilar Kuhn
Every so often, chaos comes to visit our household in the form of a bitch in season.
Like Captain Kirk in a “Star Trek” episode, we shout, “brace yourselves,” as the boys are thrown into outer space. We make sure the baby gates are handy for keeping the boys separated, and we wait for the inevitable – a few nights of really poor sleep because of all the whimpering, barking, heavy panting and the near total shutdown of the male brain.
Girls – they can really mess ’em up! more