A Breeder’s Companion

Record Keeping for Your Dogs’ Litters-2nd Edition

The ultimate dog breeder record book and guide to whelping pups.

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About the New, 2nd Edition!

Staying organized is an important part of being a responsible dog breeder.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the details of your litters recorded in one place to consult at a moment’s notice? A Breeder’s Companion, with space for 10 litters, was designed with that in mind. It’s the perfect companion to help you track everything pertinent to your precious litters—from whelping to wonderful homes! NEW in this 2nd edition: more practical whelping and puppy care tips to support your dog breeding journey.

Here is a peek at the information and breeding record charts you will find inside:

Part 1: Practical information on whelping and raising a litter

  • Whelping equipment checklist
  • Care tips for mother (before, during, and after whelp)
  • Care tips for the pups
  • Puppyhood stages and socialization
  • Puppy Vaccine Basics
  • Sending pups to new homes, and more!

Part 2: Record Keeping for your dogs’ litters

  • Sire/dam details and health testing log
  • Whelping temperature chart
  • Whelping chart
  • Puppy weight charts (up to 5 weeks)
  • Supplemental feeding charts
  • Deworming and puppy vaccinations chart
  • New owner information and transfer log
  • And a photo memory page for your precious litter!
  • 8.5 X 11, 188 pages

The book ends with a detailed dog breeders resource section, a dog parts vocabulary and diagram, AKC record keeping guidelines, space to record important phone numbers, and space to note those extra breeder “things to do!”

Read what others have said

It gives me great pleasure to recommend Leila’s useful and comprehensive new book, A Breeder’s Companion. Everyone contemplating breeding and whelping litters should keep this trusty guide on hand.  

W. Jean Dodds, DVM, Santa Monica, CA

Leila Grandemange is absolutely right when she states that responsible breeders need to keep good records. This book should provide just the right vehicle for doing that!

 — Patricia V. Trotter, author “Born To Win”

A Breeder’s Companion is an invaluable resource for conscientious breeders, both new and experienced. The multiple record keeping chart and practical information will be a go-to resource each time you are blessed with a litter of puppies.

— Jamie Adkins, DVM

In A Breeder’s Companion, Leila Grandemange has put together an excellent handbook which will be of great assistance to both novice and experienced breeders alike. Step by step she goes through various stages of whelping a litter while providing charts to note the details. Having seen the benefits of recording our litters for over 35 years, I feel this is indeed a most useful and essential workbook for any dedicated breeder.  

Dennis Homes, breeder-judge, author ( Read his full book review is below)

Book Review by Dennis Homes

I’m quite an avid collector of dog books and at the last count I had over 130 books about dogs plus countless yearbooks and magazines. Whenever a new dog book is published I always read the reviews and if possible have a quick browse through it at a book store. I’ve often thought that virtually all aspects of dog keeping has been adequately covered, however, Leila Grandemange has certainly filled a much needed gap in the market with her latest book A Breeder’s Companion.

What is so unique about this book is that the first part is an essential guide for preparing for a litter, which includes a checklist for all the items needed plus in-depth details of all the things to check and look out for during pregnancy and up to the time of whelping. It then sets out the important procedures to adhere to in those important early days of a young puppy’s life when they are extremely vulnerable. It then goes on to outline the care of the pups through weaning plus information on deworming and vaccination.

Where this book differs from other books about breeding is that the second half of the book is devoted to record keeping. There are lots of sections for individual records where the owner can fill in precise details of their litters. It starts with a page where information of the dam and sire can be recorded followed by a chart where you can fill in the temperature of the dam at various times of the day in the week leading up to the birth. Once the puppies are born there is a chart to record the time of day of the birth, the sex of each puppy, the weight, color/markings and whether the afterbirth appeared. This is followed by a chart to record their weights am and pm over the first three weeks plus a chart to record details of worming and vaccinations. Finally, there is a section where full details of the new owners can be recorded. At the start of these litter sections there is even a space where you can stick a photograph of the particular litter.

Many responsible breeders do note all these details and for many years I’ve kept notebooks and folders with this information. But to have all this in one book is a fantastic idea which I’m sure will be a boon to both novice breeders and experienced breeders alike.

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