Dog Breeding Guide.
Dog Breeding Questions for Beginners.
This is the dog breeding guide to read before you start breeding dogs.
No, I’m not going to abuse you with horror stories designed to put you off and shame you for even thinking about breeding dogs! Fact is, people love and need dogs in their life, and ethical dog breeders dedicated to providing healthy, happy puppies that will grow into fantastic pets are scarce out there.
But there are certainly some dog breeding questions to consider before breeding a dog so you can avoid the common welfare and dog breeding problems that all too often beset beginners.
As a veterinarian who has also been a registered breeder of Miniature Schnauzers in Australia for 22 years, you could say when it comes to breeding dogs, that I’ve just about seen it all…
The Franklin family ready to take one of my Mini Schnauzer puppies home!
Including the devastating mistakes people make starting out as a breeder that could have been avoided if they’d known what I’m about to tell you beforehand!
Dog Breeding Guide to Starting Out
Here are the important dog breeding questions you need to ask yourself before you set out breeding a dog…
Would Breeding Dogs Suit Your Lifestyle?
While dog breeding is not a particularly demanding past-time most of the time, there definitely are periods when you have to be 100% attentive and available, like when a whelping is coming up.
And during the 8 weeks you’ll spend raising a litter of puppies, they’ll need regular feeding and care, several times a day. It is also critical that you and your family spend time playing with your puppies. I even take my puppies outside 5 times a day to teach them to potty.
The importance of puppy socialization is that it has a big effect on how well adjusted they are as adults and so how great they are as pets for your clients.
Again, if you have a bitch on heat and are supervising the mating yourself, you’ll have to be on the ball to make sure she is successfully mated at the right time , enough times to get a good chance of a pregnancy. With breeding dogs, it is absolutely imperative that they are exercised every single day.
You’ll also need to spend time every couple of days making up a home made food ration for them that will keep them in peak shape.
Dog Breeding Guide to Your Environment
Can you provide a clean, spacious and secure place for your dogs to live, play and grow?
Puppies need space in the fresh air to run around. Breeding dogs also need access to proper shelter from the elements.
For obvious reasons, small children and puppies are not a good mix. And then there’s your neighbors, local council, and landlord to consider…
You’ll also want to separate your dogs at different times – a whelping bitch or one with a litter should be kept away from other bitches (some very nice bitches will KILL another’s pups out of jealousy!).
Also, you’ll want to skip mating every two or three heats so your bitch can have a rest from breeding. If you have a male dog that will mean keeping them separate for a few weeks while she is on heat.
Your environment should also be clean and attractive… And a create a good impression when you introduce your dogs to your puppy clients.
Can You Afford Any Unforeseen Dog Breeding Problems?
If you are setting out without a comprehensive and reputable dog breeding guide, or experienced mentor, to help you, chances are there will be complications… expensive ones!
From missed pregnancies and small litters, to big veterinary bills for potentially life-threatening dog breeding complications such as caesarian whelpings, milk fever, brucellosis or pyometra.
Most of these problems are avoidable, being the result of poor management and inexperience! So find the right guidance and follow it.
Do You Enjoy Helping People?
Part of the business of dog breeding is acting as match-maker to bring the right people and the right puppies together.
You’ll need to screen inquiries to ensure that the people wanting a pup from you are going to be able to give it a great home.
For example, I have to turn some people away because the whole family works and I don’t want my puppies living sad lives alone in a backyard somewhere…
…or the applicant is very old and simply not capable of giving my strong, active Miniature Schnauzers the daily exercise they need.
All puppies have their own personality… extrovert or introvert, playful or quiet, sociable or reserved, dominant or submissive.
So, you also have to watch your puppies closely and try to match them to the right families so both will end up happy together. All this requires people skills! So you need to be a people person to be a successful dog breeder.
Dog Breeding Guide to Choosing the Right Breed
Maybe you already have a lovely dog, and have just now decided “Hey, breeding my dog could be fun!” However, not all dog breeds are equal when it comes to successful dog breeding.
Many are caesarians just waiting to happen! Here I’m talking the squashed face, heavy shoulders breeds like Pugs, Dogue de Bordeaux, Bulldogs… you get the picture. Caesarian births are the norm for breeding a dog of these types, and will turn your dog breeding aspirations into a very expensive exercise.
And a surprising number of breeds have built-in health problems that can make them miserable and expensive pets.
Your Enthusiasm About Your Breed
Once you’ve settled on a breed, you should become its greatest advocate! As a breeder, people will expect you to know lots about it and you’ll need to know lots yourself in order to be a competent breeder.
So read all you can, attend dog events, and study pedigrees. Ask questions of other breeders of your breed and go to the meetings of a local club near you.
Dog Breeding Guide to Choosing Your Breeding Dogs
From a veterinary point of view, not all dog breeds are equal when it comes to health. All too many have been physically designed by selective breeding in such a way that they are prone to serious health issues that are a major concern for both the dog’s welfare and potential owner expense and heartache down the track.
Before committing to a particular breed as an owner or breeder please do consider educating yourself about this issue, which is covered in my Here’s a dog breeding guide checklist:
• Your breeding dogs should be registered with your Kennel Club
• They should be a good example of the breed. This is often hard to tell in puppies. Don’t go for the largest or smallest puppy.
Their parents should be good examples of the breed too.
Check out their pedigrees and hopefully you’ll see lots of champions in the bloodlines. An experienced breeder will be able to help you pick a good puppy.
• Your puppy should have a good bite so that the teeth scissor neatly together (no under shot or over shot jaw).
• Research the common genetic problems in your breed and whether they can be screened for, and choose pups whose parents have passed the screening tests.
• No matter what the genetic tests say, also steer away from dogs that have been too closely bred, or you still risk winding up with genetic problems and poor reproductive performance.
Here’s the most successful dog breeding education package.
• Your puppy – especially if female – should come from a large litter that was birthed without problems. Chances are, she’ll breed the same as her Mom did!
• Pick a dog with a great temperament – very shy or aggressive dogs are hard to handle and tend to pass their temperament on to their pups.
You’ll Have to Be Tenacious
When setting out to act on these dog breeding guide lines, you better be prepared for rejection by established dog breeders.
You may have to approach 20 breeders before you’ll find one willing to sell you a registered dog without “no breeding” clauses and contracts.
And when you find someone reputable whose willing to work with you, treasure them!!! Seek their advice about every aspect of breeding your chosen type, including where you might source dogs suitable to mate with their stock.
Your Willingness to Learn!
After considering all this, are you still serious about giving dog breeding a go? Then the final hurdle is your willingness to learn the ropes!
Though dog breeding is not rocket science, there’s important stuff you need to know in order to:
• Provide superb care for your dogs.
• Train your dogs for ease of handling.
• Develop the competence to avoid problems through good management
• Raise puppies to be proud of, complete with a good health guarantee
• Sidestep expensive and heartbreaking pitfalls that amateur dog breeders all too often fall into.
• Be able to answer your clients’ questions about any aspect of raising their dog.
You Will Need a Mentor!
Chances are (unless you have a Veterinarian or seasoned dog breeder in the family…) you won’t be able to find anyone willing to act as your dog breeding guide.
But don’t worry. I’m here to help!
Just get a copy of my
comprehensive guide to successful dog breeding by clicking here.
Its less than $30 US and will answer all of your dog breeding questions, includes complete dog breeding instructions and steps for beginners, as well as heaps of other essential info.
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