Course: Pet Animal Husbandry

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Course title Pet Animal Husbandry
Course code 2230/V1ZZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimek Vlastimil, MVDr.
  • Jakešová Petra, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Suchý Pavel, Prof. MVDr. Ing. CSc.
  • Zapletal David, Prof. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Syllabus of: Lectures 1st Lecture Introduction. General characterization of specific types of animal husbandry. Terms related to animal reproduction and prolificacy. The common reproductive methods used in pet breeding. 2nd Lecture Domestication. Dog husbandry - activities with dogs, basic biological characteristics. 3rd Lecture Dog husbandry - reproduction and breeding, raising of puppies and rearing of adult dogs, housing, health issue. 4th Lecture Dog husbandry - canine organizations, FCI - breeding strategies and rules, dog shows. 5th Lecture Cat husbandry - basic biological characteristics, FIFe breeding organizations. Principles of raising of kittens and rearing of adult cats. 6th Lecture Cat husbnadry - Breeding rules and genetic issues. Rabbit husbandry - biological characteristics 7th Lecture Rabbit husbandry - rearing and breeding in terms of smallholders, housing conditions. Husbandry of dwarf rabbits. Rabbit breeds. 8th Lecture Ferret husbandry - biological characteristics, recognized breeds and varieties. Basic principles of ferret rearing in household conditions. 9th Lecture Husbandry of small rodents - basic biological characteristics, rearing and breeding aspects of chinchillas, degus, gerbils, Guinea pigs, mice, rats, and hamsters. 10th Lecture Husbandry of exotic birds - general division, important species. Basic biological characteristics and raising of important species. 11th Lecture Husbandry of exotic birds rearing and breeding principles of important species. Husbandry of reptiles - snakes. Biological characteristics, rearing and breeding principles of important species. 12th Lecture Husbandry of reptiles - lizards, crocodiles, turtles and tortoises. Biological characteristics, rearing and breeding principles of important species. 13th Lecture Husbandry of amphibians - frogs etc. Biological characteristics, rearing and breeding principles of important species. Tuition prior to examination. Practical works 1st to 2nd practical works. Introduction. A breed - definition, breeding goal and breed standard, lower taxonomic units. Degeneration of a breed. 3nd to 8th practical works - field trip to zoo: husbandry, recognition, breeding and health issue of selected species of domestic animals. Dog breeds I - important worlds breeds of dogs according to FCI - groups I-V. 9 to 10th practical works Dog breeds II - important worlds breeds of dogs according to FCI - groups VI-X. 11 to 12th practical works Cat breeds within FIFe. Pigeon, domestic chicken, Quinea fowl - determination of breeds and types used for hobby breeding, shows and companionship. 13th practical Award of a credit.

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the husbandry of pet animals. Clarification of phylogeny of selected species, breed taxonomy, and basics of prolificacy and breeding methods in terms of animal breeding. Moreover to describe basic biological characteristics of dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, hamsters, cavies, rats, mice, gerbils, degus. To focus on organized breeding of dogs, cats, and rabbits. To clarify rearing basics of dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, important species of small rodents, exotic birds, reptiles, and amphibians.


Assessment methods and criteria
Compulsory attendance on practical works, possibility of 1 absence. Attendance on the field trip. Obtaining of a credit. Passing the examination.
Recommended literature
  • CAMPBELL, K., CAMPBELL, J. Companion Animals: Their Biology, Care, Health, and Management.. USA: Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN 9780135047675.
  • Fogle, B. Encyklopedie psů. Fortuna Print, 2005.
  • Meredith, A., Johnson-Delaney, C. BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets.. BSAVA, 2010. ISBN 1905319169.
  • Meredith, A., Keeble, E. BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets. BSAVA, 2009. ISBN 1905319088.
  • Procházka, Z. Chov psů. Paseka, 2005.
  • Řezáč, P. Chov zájmových zvířat. Brno: Mendelova univerzita, 2004.
  • Říhová, M. Chováme kočky. České Budějovice: Dona, 1999.
  • Verhoef-Verhallen, E. Velká encyklopedie koček. Rebo, 2004.
  • Verhoef-Verhallenová, E. Encyklopedie králíků a hlodavců.. Čestlice: Rebo, 1999.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Veterinární lékařství (01) Veterinary medicine and veterinary prevention 1 Winter