This year’s Breeders’ Education Seminar topic is presented by Dr. Jerold Bell.
The seminar will be in two parts: The first part will be based on an analysis of a computerized Akita pedigree database, registration statistics, and pedigree analysis of influential Akita dogs and bitches. It will discuss genetic diversity in the breed, genetic depletion, how the selection of mates and types of matings manipulates the genes of the ancestors in the pedigree, and popular sire syndrome. A question and answer period will close this part, followed by a 10-15 minute break. The second part will discuss the genetic disorders affecting the Akita with updates from conversations with any pertinent researchers. If the club has conducted a breed health survey, it will be analyzed in relation to what is seen in the field. The talk will cover the different types of genetic tests, their availability, and their proper use. It will include breeding recommendations to manage different types of genetic disorders. A second question and answer period will follow.
Walk-ins welcome! Reservations in advance: $30 for ACA members and $35 for non-members. Walk-ins pay at the door $35 for ACA members and $40 for non-members.