About

There is no institution or club providing support for people intentionally breeding mixed-breed dogs. Yet these dogs are serving important roles, as pets, sport dogs, and working dogs. The Functional Dog Collaborative will provide support to help breeders of both intentional crosses and purebreds be the best breeders they can.

We will provide:

  • a place to deposit and search health records, for help with making wise breeding decisions;
  • educational resources, starting with a curriculum for breeder education, and including genetic and breeding consulting;
  • most importantly, a supportive and open community through both social media and face to face opportunities, for mentorship, friendship, and social support.

Core Values

Inclusiveness. We welcome all responsible breeders of both pure- and mixed-breed dogs.

Transparency. We support open sharing of data, including all health and behavior information on dogs bred by our members.

Tolerance. We encourage the release of health and behavior information about breeding stock and their offspring, without bias or redaction.

Integrity. We encourage the release of all health and behavior information about breeding stock and their offspring, without bias or redaction.

Understanding. We recognize that no dog is perfect and that breeders, even using the best of methods, will inevitably produce dogs with some health problems.

 

Board

The founding board of the Functional Dog Collaborative is Jessica Hekman, Bryan Batchelder, Trish McMillan, and Sara Reusche.

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