Preface Picture

three fellow fanciers and rival breeders,
Ralph W. Condee
C.G. Darling
Earle J. Woodward
With the author's thanks for their friendly
criticisms and valuable suggestions
during the writing of this book

This little book is probably the first attempt to apply modern principles to the problems of dog breeding. Like all pioneers, it enjoys certain advantages and labors under peculiar handicaps.

The first object has been to help practical breeders. Clearness has been a prime consideration. Accordingly, everything has been translated into "dog talk." The examples have been drawn from the Stud Book, the kennels, the show ring and the field, and sometimes from the writer's experience as a judge and breeder. In a few instances, it has been necessary to have recourse to imaginary cases, but these too, have been expressed in dog fancier's language.

In the light of our present knowledge of heredity, it is plain that the selection practiced by most dog breeders is crude and haphazard. The breeding "system" advocated in these pages is not new, but it is hoped that the readers will close the book with freshened ideals and a better understanding of the fundamentals of dog breeding.

Williams Haynes.

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