Breeding Your Dog

It is extremely important to learn the facts and possible consequences in advance if you are contemplating breeding your dog. In today’s overcrowded world, we must accept the responsibility ourselves.

CONSIDER THESE POINTS:
  1. QUALITY:
    • AKC registration is not an indication of quality. Most dogs, even purebred, should not be bred. Many dogs, though wonderful pets, have defects of structure, health, or personality that should not perpetuate. Breeding animals should be proven free of these defects before starting on a reproductive career. Breeding should only be done with the goal of improvement. Educate yourself about your specific breed’s potential health problems.
  2. COST:
    • Dog breeding is not a large moneymaking proposition if done correctly. Health care, vaccinations, proof of quality, extra food, facilities, stud fees, advertising, etc. are all costly. Unexpected costs can arise such as a cesarean or emergency care for a sick pup. These costs add up quickly and you may end up losing money.
  3. SALES:
    • First-time breeders have no reputation and no referrals to help them find buyers. Previous promises of “I want a dog just like yours” evaporate. Consider the time and expense of caring for pups that may not sell until four months, eight months, or more! Veteran breeders with a good reputation often don’t consider breeding unless they have cash deposits in advance for an average-sized litter.
  4. JOY OF BIRTH:
    • If you’re doing it for the children’s education, remember the whelping may be at 3 a.m. or at the veterinarian’s on the surgery table. Most whelpings go smoothly; however, there are some cases that do not. Some bitches are not natural mothers and either ignore or savage their pups. Bitches can have severe delivery problems or even die in the process. Pups can be born dead or with gross deformities that require euthanasia.
  5. TIME: 
    • Veteran breeders of quality dogs state that they spend well over 130 hours of labor in raising an average litter. Be prepared for days off work and sleepless nights. Even after delivery, mom needs care and feeding; puppies need daily checking, weighing, and socialization. More hours are spent doing paperwork, pedigree, and interviewing buyers. If you have any abnormal conditions, such as sick puppies or a bitch that can’t or won’t care for her pups, count on double time.
  6. HUMANE RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • There are three and a half million unwanted dogs put to death in pounds in this country each year, with millions more dying, homeless and unwanted through starvation, disease, and abuse. Nearly a quarter of the victims of this unspeakable tragedy are purebred dogs “with papers”. Please be a responsible pet owner!
If you are seriously considering breeding your dog, please speak with one of our veterinarians about the breeding and whelping process, as well as the various health problems which may pertain to your dog’s breed.