Friday, 14 December 2018
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Good Breeding: Some Dogs Are Bred To The Bone

For many Connecticut dog breeders, a lot of care and attention goes into creating your family’s faithful companion. From Labrador  retrievers and French bulldogs, to spaniels and Portuguese water dogs, breeders emphasize genetic testing and the importance of making a good match between family and puppy.

But first, you need to make the puppy, and that involves research. Julia Kamis, a Lab breeder in Glastonbury, owns female dogs, so she has to find a stud for them.

“I go to dog shows, read publications and talk to other breeders to find dogs.”

Breeders respond to historical weaknesses in a breed by choosing partners wisely. For instance, French bulldog breeder Laurianne Goulet of Cromwell is particularly attuned to pairing up dogs with sound breathing and healthy backs, and Christy Logan of Tolland, a standard poodle breeder, is attentive to her potential matches’ hips and eyes.

Breeders also consider what the dogs will eventually be doing. Some end up as working dogs, like the English Springer spaniels Geoffrey English breeds in Oxford, so he breeds accordingly.

“Our dogs are trained to help with the hunt for upland birds like pheasant, grouse or woodcock. Also in hunting for geese and ducks.” He likes to place his dogs in American Kennel Club events that test for their trainability and natural ability for hunting.

While Kamis does not specifically breed service dogs, Labs are frequently employed as such.

Of course, most dogs find their place in a home (often napping on a couch). To find the right dog for you, breeders say you should consider the traits of the breed, and how much you’re willing to invest in grooming them.


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