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Seminars 2017

Below please find the seminars we have attended in 2017

Think like a Breeder

April 18th, 2017 ~ Saint Louis, Missouri ~ Purina Event Center

John Buddie of Tartanside Collie fame will look at the "art" of breeding dogs and how a Breeder's philosophy can affect his/her breeding decisions. In the pursuit of excellence, establishing criteria has a direct correlation to gaining the proper perspective. Any breeder worth his salt will weather many storms on his/her path to excellence and all of this is part of the learning curve.


The Seminar will look at the following:

- A taxonomy of Breeder thinking and how it becomes evolutional.
- Understanding the difference between critical thinking and creative thinking that often unleashes untapped potential
- Using criticism for improvement.
- The difference between looking & seeing.
- The dangers of excess in a breeding program.
- Strategies that can enhance our current roles as breeders.


John Buddie began in dogs in 1963. By 1971 he was an AKC-licensed professional handler who campaigned many influential Collies.  Tartanside Collis has breeder-owned over 150 champions, including 12 Register of Merit dogs, and overall Tartanside sires and dams have produced 350 champions.  Among them have been multiple group, Best in Show, and National Specialty winners.  Tartanside stock is the foundation for many of today’s top kennels. 


AKC named Mr. Buddie 2015 AKC Breeder of the Year.

Seminars 2015

Below please find the seminars we have attended in 2015

To Preserve & Protect 

Presented by Julie Desy of Ilemist Shelties, and Mary Galloway, DVM, Ryladd Shelties

April 21, 2015 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, VA. 

This mini seminar is an audience interactive presentation on the current state of the Shetland Sheepdog.  Using a multi-dimensional approach we will seek answers to our current concerns for the Shetland Sheepdog in particular and the dog world as a whole, assessing where we are succeeding and where we can improve. 

How can we individually and collectively honor the ASSA mission statement of preserving and protecting our breed?


Seminar on DM Research

Presented by Dr. Leigh Anne Clark of Clemson University

April 21, 2015 at the Fredricksburg Expo Center, VA

“Current Update on Dermatomyositis (DM) Research” that is ongoing in her laboratory with funding from the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Clark’s research has made great strides in understanding the mode of DM inheritance and identifying the genetic cause.  Preceding her talk, students from Clemson University will present a “primer on genetics.”

Seminars 2014

Understanding and Selecting for Polygenetic Traits

with Kim Schive(Foxglove Shelties)

April 15, 2014

Symposia at The ASSA National


Most breeders, even those without a scientific background, understand the principles of inheritance --dominant and recessive genes, traits that are either present or absent based on the action of a single gene pair.  What are polygenetic traits, traits that are controlled by the action of multiple genes?  What are polygenes combine to create these traits? Hos can breeders select for traits that inherit in complicated ways?

In this seminar, you will learn how polygenes interact to produce many of the most important characteristics of our dogs--traits like size, temperament, front and rear angulations, eye shapes, head detail, and much more.  Most importantly, you will leave this seminar with practical strategies you can use to plan your breeding program and make improvements in the areas you care about most.

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