Dog Breeding Mating - The Right Way
The theory pertaining to dog breeding is mating particular breeds of dogs, oftentimes selected specimens of these breeds, having the idea of preserving or creating specific qualities and characteristics. A dog breeder would certainly breed canines which have certified papers, etc. in order to produce additional purebred dogs in which she or he may then put up for sale as show dogs or to pet homes. Dog breeding can certainly become a rather profitable and fun business to run, especially when you consider that dogs will certainly mate without any form of invention from people. What I am saying is, if a bitch (female dog) in heat comes in contact with a healthy stud dog, that is, a male dog which has never been neutered, then, nature is sure to run its course and the pair will more than likely breed.
It is very important that the breeding dogs age is right. The breeding dogs age for a stud dog can vary. I always would wait until my males were at least sixteen months of age before I would breed them for the first time and I would always breed them to an experienced bitch for their first mating. A good first time experience made a much more confident stud dog. The breeding dogs age for a bitch could be their second heat cycle, but I always waited until their third heat cycle before breeding my bitches for the first time. Two more important rules regarding the breeding dogs age of your bitches are:
- 1. Never breed a bitch on its first heat cycle as they are not fully developed.
- 2. After a bitch has a litter, always skip their next heat cycle so their bodies can fully recuperate.
Many people have wrongly come to believe that all dog breeding mating entails is bringing a pair of prospective parents together. Sure, if you plan on being your everyday irresponsible backyard dog breeder or intend to run a disgusting puppy mill. In truth, if you intend on becoming a responsible dog breeder who intends on breeding better dogs by improving the breed or breeds of dog you have chosen for your dog business, hobby or show dog career, then, there is a lot you need to learn prior to buying your breeding stock. First and foremost, you should learn about genetics. Genetics works much the same in dogs as it does in people so if you cannot find a book about dog genetics, try finding one on people. Mostly learn about how different dog breed traits, recessives, structure and genetic diseases are passed on from progeny to progeny. You will find it to be a very fascinating subject and one that will most certainly improve the puppies you breed. Besides learning about dog genetics, go to as many dog shows as you possibly can and introduce yourself to the dog breeders and dog handlers of the breed of dog you plan on breeding. Do not approach them while they have a dog in the ring or are getting one ready to show, but wait until another breed of dog is being shown and they don't look too busy. Most dog breeders and dog handlers have a wealth of knowledge that they would be willing to pass on to you if you seem sincerely interested in breeding dogs responsibly. If you plan on breeding German Shepherds, go up to a German Shepherd dog breeder and ask them if they belong to the local German Shepherd dog club. If not, ask them if they know who does. When you find out, go ahead and join even if you don't have a dog yet. You can meet a lot of knowledgeable dog breeders there who will be eager to show you the ropes of the dog breeding business. Talk to the dog handlers as much as you can. Not only do they no about dog structure, etc., but they know who owns the better producing stud dogs as well as what dog breeders may have show quality puppies on the ground, ready for sale to show homes. Many dog handlers are also heavy into dog breeding mating too.
You can also find a great deal of information by subscribing to trade magazines as well as dog magazines like "Dog World" and "Dog Fancy". Try asking someone from your local dog club if the parent club has a trade magazine you can subscribe to. Another great place to find out about dog breeding is from the A.K.C. (American Kennel Club). While the A.K.C. does not recognize every breed of dog in the world, they recognize most of them and has tons of information for anyone interested in dog obedience, dog showing, dog handling and dog breeding mating.
More often than not, most of the work in dog breeding falls upon the breeder who owns the bitch or female dog. This is mainly because the bitch carries all of the puppies to term and it is the bitch's owner who is required to assist her in whelping (giving birth to) her puppies. Hence, typically is it the bitch's owner who gets the majority of, if not 100% of the money, acquired whenever the puppies are sold. Quite often, a stud dog owner will only receive a "stud" fee for "studding" the dog out to the bitch's owner. Sometimes, the owners of both dogs work out a deal were each will receive an agreed upon fraction of the litter of puppies that are born and survive. If it is going to be a litter from two exceptional dogs, them many times the owner of the stud dog will want the "pick of the litter" as payment for his stud dog's fee. Consequently, despite the fact that dog breeding mating comprises of a pair of dogs and a little help from mother nature, it is quite often a very real business like transaction.
Dog breeding mating has received a great deal of criticism in recent years as a result of such scandals as puppy mills. Puppy mills are actually dog breeding operations run by heartless, ungodly individuals out for a quick buck from the blood and suffering of helpless dogs. Breeding better dogs is not something Puppy Mill owners are interested in. Puppy Mills are very often quite large although they can be smaller in size, where the care-taking of the dogs is very substandard. The majority of puppy mills merely exist so they can make a profit. As a consequence, puppy mill proprietors will breed dogs regardless if they are sick, crippled, wounded, or genetically unsuitable to mate and will certainly not adequately care for their young puppies. The only thing that puppy mill owners care about is how much profit they will make. Just the thought of puppy mills sickens me. A word of warning! If you do go into breeding dogs, make it a practice to screen your potential puppy buyers because puppy mill owners very often attempt to restock their breeding animals by visiting honest dog breeders under false pretences and try to buy your puppies at bargain prices. Make sure you put a clause in your contract that if the puppy or dog is not raised in living conditions that are acceptable to you, you can take the puppy or dog back.
In the event that you intend on getting a registered A.K.C. puppy suitable for your dog breeding mating enterprise, make certain that you purchase one who is accredited in dog breeding. Accredited dog breeders will be able to supply you with the appropriate certifications (A.K.C. papers and pedigree) that your puppy is pure bred, along with records documenting your new puppy's early veterinary care. In addition, good dog breeders worth their salt will want to know about you as well as how you intend to raise their puppy. A good dog breeder will want to ensure that the puppy you are buying is going to a good and caring home, regardless if it is a show dog home or a pet home. A lot of excellent dog breeding folks will literally come and check up on the puppy you purchased in only a few weeks after selling you the puppy. As I stated earlier, a good dog breeder will require you to sign a contract that states if they are not happy with the way you are taking care of the puppy they sold you, they can take the puppy back.
I hope the information in this article is helpful to you in your future endeavor into the dog breeding business. I only hope take your responsibility in breeding better dogs seriously and strive only to improve the breed. That should be your first priority, money your second. If money is or becomes your main reason for breeding dogs, then you are not much different than the owner of a puppy mill. Don't behave like a puppy mill and breed your dogs too soon. Your breeding dogs age is critical for have healthy sound dogs. If you become known for breeding high quality dogs, then trust me when I tell you - The Money Will Come.