A Breeder’s Companion

Record Keeping for your Dogs’ Litters

Nominated for Excellence in Books, by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) —“the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs.”


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About the Book

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 12 litters, was designed with that in mind. 

Here is a peek at what you will find inside
  • Sire and dam information
  • Whelping equipment checklist
  • Whelping, temperature and weight charts
  • Supplemental feeding charts
  • Care tips for mother and pups
  • Puppy development and socialization
  • Deworming and vaccinations chart
  • New owner information
  • AKC requirements for record keeping
  • There’s even a photo memory page for your precious litter!
  • 8.5 X 11, 216 pages

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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 ( 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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