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New to Breeding?
When looking to breed or raise a breeding animal, these are things to keep in mind
1. Market: is the market flooded with this breed, is there ZERO interest in that breed, especially in your area (this to me means there are difficulties in breeding, temperament or speciality’s on for breeding certain people)
2. What is the goal? What is your niche that you are providing for your adopters? Well bred, temperament, looks, specialize in something? Keep in mind I have found out over the years of breeding cats and dogs, less variables makes producing better reliable litters. Meaning, less color variations, less size variations, less temperament variations. Find a breed that you LOVE and specialize in it.
3. Do market research. What are others in your area for the breed pricing their dogs at, are there a lot of older puppies on the market? Are adult dogs very inexpensive? What are the breeders offering in their program? Low or high quality? How will you match that?
Breeding is just as much about bettering the breed as it is about buisness. I wouldn’t want to breed a dog that costs me time and money to raise and vet bills only to have the puppies not sell well, or not to be the best in my area. I would invest, but invest in the best according to the market and your area.
When looking for a breeder girl:
Make sure mom and dad have been embark/pawprints tested for at least the main disease affecting the breed
AND you have to see proof of OFA for hips, elbows and eyes. Or prelims. If they don’t have that, then make sure the contract they guarantee it. If they do not have these tests, by today’s term they are backyard breeders and proceed at your own risk. That means testing all yourself and acknowledging if the dog does not pass, you must spay and rehome/retire.
2. How many puppies are on average in the litter/sisters or grandmothers litter? Female determines the size of the litter so it’s always better to go with a strong female line (able to nurse and produce healthy puppies)
3 temperament temperament temperament. ITS ALL IN THE GENES. If a mom or father is scared, aggressive or just unsocialized, this WILL be passed to the puppies whether by genes or just early learning.
When picking a stud:
1. The stud is the most important factor. Majority of litter take on the attributes of the father. If your mother doesn’t have the best coat, or isn’t as stocky, get a male that has those attributes. Even investing more in a male is typical. You will also be able to stud out if you have a stellar stud.
Make sure the male pup you pick is outgoing, strong, best boy in the litter, brave. Not shy, wimpy, ect. Special tip: the male determines the sex of the baby. If you purchase from a father who throws mainly boys, highly likely you will get that in your boy too. Choose a male that throws 50/50 or mainly girl’s (unless the boys are more desired in your breed)
Best wishes to you!
Follow the groups of your breed on Facebook & AKC websites reach out to multiple breeders, venture to puppyfind and Gooddog and just search search search for the best of what you’re trying to accomplish
Vetserv ,A No prescription website for animals.