Wild Apple Kennel and Guide Service

Wild Apple Kennel and Guide Service
The 2007 Grand National Grouse Champion, Winner 2008 Northern New England Woodcock Championship, Winner 2010 Lake States Grouse Championship, Runner-up 2011 Northeast Grouse and Woodcock Championship, Winner 2011 International Amateur Woodcock Championship, Winner 2012 Southern New England Woodcock Championship

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Prepotency and Blue Hens

I received this question from one of the guys that is on the list for a Jack X Trip puppy and thought it was worth passing on.

Q. This may or may not be a simple question but I’ll ask it anyhow. Does a puppy take more characteristics from the sire or dam? Is there a general rule when breeding that the pups will end up more like one than the other, usually?

A. No, not a simple question.  One would expect that puppies would end up with a 50/50 split of their parents genes but that is rarely the case when we roll the genetic dice.  Some suggest that the female has a greater influence because the pups spend the first 5 to 7 weeks of their lives with her. What does seem to happen is that certain dogs, both male and female, have been documented to be genetically more dominant.  For instance, Guard Rail's dame, Nell's Rambling On, was bred to a number of different males and produced champions from all  her litters.  She's what is referred to as "Blue Hen" -- a female that produces dogs of higher quality then she was.  On the other hand there are males that seem to produce dogs that mirror them like a cookie cutter -- these are referred to as prepotent sires.  Jack's sire, Wynot Ace was very much that way and many of his offspring were easy to pick out.  Based on only the data of the first litter I would say that the Jack X Trip cross is a case where we have another male dog with a certain amount of prepotency as all the pups looked more like Jack than Trip to the point that people that don't know them often get LJ and Jack confused as they have very similar heads and conformation which is not a bad thing and I for one hope that trend continues in the future litters.
Wynot Ace
Wild Apple Jack (Ace Son)

Autumn Moon (Ace Son, Jack's Littermate)

Mike (Jack's Younger Brother)
Wild Apple Trey (Jack's Younger Brother)

Wild Apple LJ (Jack X Trip)

Wild Apple LJ and littermate Wild Apple Pi

Female Littermate to LJ and Pi

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wild Apple Jack Litter

I got a call from Steve Forrest today.  His Belle dog that was bred to Wild Apple Jack in early December is getting big.  Puppies should be due in about 2 1/2 weeks looking forward to my stud fee puppy.

Still optimistic about the Jack X Trip litter and will confirm pregnancy on the 26th when I have an appointment with the Vet to do the Ovuplant insert on Wild Apple Annie.  The more I mess around with Annie here in the yard the more she reminds me of her mother Elhew Liebotschaner looking forward to her puppies in early April if the Ovuplant works as expected.
Wild Apple Annie