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Canine Breeding [Diploma]              Purchase This Course 


This course is a unique and comprehensive advanced course for those involved in or wishing to be involved in Canine Breeding. It covers all aspects of those things which impact in anyway on the outcomes for dog breeders generation after generation. Many of the certificate courses are compulsory components of this course and the student may wish to complete individual certificates courses to build their study requirement. 




Course duration: on average 3years self-paced home study.


Maximum Time allowed 5years from purchase date.


Qualification on completion – MDBA Diploma.


Entry requirements


Students must have basic English literacy and numeracy skills.


Minimum education


Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.


Computer requirements


Students will need access to a computer and the internet.


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Modules for Diploma in Canine Breeding


Module 1 Welfare, Ethical and Legal Issues.


Unit 1


Ethical issues involved with breeding and the Breeders rights and responsibilities.


Unit 2


Welfare Issues Relating to breeding dogs


Unit 3


Responsible record keeping.


Module 2. Anatomy.


Unit 1


Surface Anatomy – understanding and identifying the various regions of the Canine body


Unit 2


Osteology and how the skeleton is the rigid scaffolding, which provides the framework of the body.


Unit 3


Arthrology, anatomical formations linking 2 bones –  the difference between synovial or non-synovial joints, and their purpose


Unit 4

Myology, the function of muscles


Unit 5


Thoracic Topography which involves the respiratory System from the nasal cavities to the pulmonary alveoli


Unit 6


Abdominal Topography, The digestive system


Unit 7


Cardio Vascular System, How the heart works and circulation of blood in the adult and the foetus; Arteries and Veins


Unit 8


The canine urinary system


Unit 9


The Canine Nervous System


Unit 10


The Canine Central Nervous System


Unit 11.


The Canine Peripheral Nervous System


Module 3 – Genetics


Unit 1


Genetics and the language used


Unit 2


Breeding is as art and a science

The different methods of selective genetic breeding,

The advantages and disadvantages of each

How they can be applied to a breeding program

Probabilities and their use in predicting outcomes


Unit 3


Diversity in breeding the Purebred dog

Breeding Misconceptions

Gene linkage and trait combinations

Polygenic Traits Dominant and recessive traits

Incomplete dominance


Incomplete penetrance




Sex linked traits


Unit 4



Heritability estimates

Breeding goals and Genetic principals

Pedigree analysis

Estimated breeding values

Temperament variants by breed

Evaluating temperament

The effect of Genes and environment on temperament


Unit 5


Basic concepts and definitions

Probabilities and their use in predicting outcomes

Sex linkage and other modes of inheritance for traits controlled by a single locus

Two-loci interactions (epistasis)

Testing hypotheses for genetic inheritance (chi-square testing)


Selection against recessive alleles including use of molecular information


Unit 6

Coat colour


Module 4  Parasitology


Unit 1.

Parasites and parasitism

What is a Parasite?

Definitions and Terminology used in dealing with Canine Parasites

The influence of parasites on host evolution

Injurious effects of parasites on their hosts.


Unit 2



Resistance and Immunity to Parasites

Importance of Genetic constitution in determining resistance to parasites.

Geographic Distribution influences.

Life Cycle Strategies

The behavioural mechanisms that hosts employ

Common parasites of the dog


Unit 3


Parasite diagnosis

Importance of accurate diagnosis of parasites.

Traditional methods of diagnosis

Advantages and disadvantages of traditional diagnosis

Designing and optimising diagnostic tests


Unit 4



The selectivity of anti-parasite drugs



Unit 5


Control strategies

Control methods integrated with the parasites life cycle

Prevention of Environmental Contamination

Destruction of Free-Living Stages

Prevention of Parasite Maturation

Integrated Control

Zoonotic considerations


Unit 6


The natural way.



Homeopathic Therapies

Holistic Therapies

Principles of natural animal health care.                         


Module 5 – Nutrition


Unit 1

The importance of Canine Nutrition

The physiology of digestion and evolutionary diets

Nutritional requirements and signs of deficiency

Building blocks of basic nutrition

Comparison of different diets


Unit 2


Dangers of over nutrition

Use of dairy products

Additives and supplements

Vitamins and minerals

Amino acids and anti-oxidants


Prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes

Carbs and energy


Fatty acids


Unit 3


Ways nutrition affects your dog's behaviour

Elimination of common diseases by diet

Diets and supplements for specific medical conditions

Relationship of nutrition to development of skeletal diseases in dogs

Disorders of mineral metabolism in pups and juvenile dogs


Canine Food allergies


Unit 4


Pregnancy and lactation nutritional requirements

Puppy rearing diets

Foods for weight gain

Foods for weight loss

Foods for racing greyhounds and the canine athlete/working dog

Unit 5


Foods to avoid

Edible Herbs for dogs

Natural health recipes

Bait recipes

At home health checks for symptoms of nutritional problems

Food remedies.


Module 6 - Immunology


Unit 1

Introduction to Canine Immunology

The immune system

Innate Immunity and Inflammation


Unit 2




Adaptive Immunity


Unit 3.



Antigen and Antibody

T Cell Subsets

Antigen Recognition

Response to Antigen

Body Surface Immunity

Fetal and Neonatal Immunity


Unit 4


Immune Dysfunction

Basic Vaccinology

Toxicity and vaccinations

Tissue repair

Fever and immunity




Unit 5

Advances in canine infectious diseases

Immunologic basis of food sensitivity

Protective Immunity


Unit 6

A holistic approach to a healthy immune system


Module 7 - Reproduction


Unit 1


Reproduction and the Male Dog

Profiling a pedigree

Selecting sires

Popular sires

Testosterone development

Stud dog Management

Possible problems and diseases in stud dogs.

Samples of contracts and record keeping


Unit 2


Reproduction and the Bitch

Planning for healthy puppies

Pre breeding testing

Maximising conception

Infectious causes of reproductive failure.

Breeding your female

Artificial insemination

Infertility in bitches

Reproductive Complications Affecting Fertility and Pregnancy in the Bitch


Unit 4


Veterinary procedures and complications

Use of supplemental progesterone in the management of canine pregnancy

Clinical use of anti-progestin in the bitch

Pregnancy determination

Canine pregnancy failure


Unit 5


Management of the pregnant bitch

Drugs that cross the placenta and may impact on the health of the brood bitch

Dietary Implications

Environmental Factors

Preparation for whelping


Module 8- Whelping and Rearing Puppies  

Unit 1

Whelping environment

Building a whelping box

Whelping supplies and kits

Whelping management

Record keeping and observations.


Unit 2


New puppies on the way

Highlights of whelping

A guide to whelping

Helping your bitch with labour and delivery


Unit 3


Problems with whelping

Telltale signs of a difficult labour

C Section surgery

Post-operative care of the bitch and the puppies




Helping your bitch with labour and delivery

Medical management of complications

Common problems faced by the breeder

Maximising neo natal survival

CPR in new borns


Unit 4


Urineogenital injuries

Abnormalities of female reproduction

Vaginal prolapse

Uterine inertia

Retained placenta


Mother care

Unit 5

Canine paediatrics

Fading puppy syndrome

Orphans and how to raise them

Puppy milk replacers and recipes

Tube feeding


Save a puppy’s life

Premature pups and their care

Swimmer pups.


Unit 6


What to watch for as the pups grow

Congenital problems

Weaning the pups

Worming schedule



Unit 7

Placement of pups,



Computer software.


Module 9 Canine First Aid


Unit 1


Terminology and Abbreviations in Veterinary Care

Basic Hygiene and Procedures

Normal Vital Signs

How to take and record a dog's vital signs

What CRT Means

Reading Bowel Motions

How to Collect Urine and Faecal Samples

Medications, Administering

Canine First Aid Kit


Unit 2 Priorities of First Aid



Administering C.P.R

Haemorrhage, Control of and Tourniquet Application

Symptoms and Treatment of Shock

Stabilizing and splinting Fractures

Wound Dressing and Bandaging

Safe handling and Transport of the injured dog

Unit 3 General First Aid


Burns, Electrocution

Convulsions and Seizures



Dog Fights

Broken Toenails

Foreign Bodies in Ears and Eyes

Prolapsed Eyeball

Heat Stress

Gastric Torsion



Unit 4


Disaster Preparedness and response


Module 10 - Kennel design and management in a breeding kennel


Unit 1


Effective Management of the Environment and Disease Control. Maintaining a Proper Kennel Environment and Hygiene and Sanitation of Kennel Runs

Much of this is relative to the design of the kennel which is touched on here but will be looked at in much closer detail in the Diploma of Kennel Management Course


Unit 2

Socialisation, training and environment enhancement.


Unit 3


Stress Management of Dogs in a Kennel Environment.

The importance of daily visual and hands on inspections


Unit 4

Staff accountability and training, records need to be maintained in a kennel setting


Final External  Exam. 

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