Breeding dogs is something that a lot of people choose to do as dog lovers. Some people do it as a hobby, while others might run a business and attempt to make money from breeding dogs. Usually breeding dogs involves purebred dogs and mating the same breed, but it can sometimes involve two dogs of different breeds. Many people may consider breeding their dog, but it's essential to think about it carefully before actually going through with it. Your priority needs to be the health and happiness of your dog, so breeding isn't something that you should do lightly. Here are some things you should know before breeding your dog.
All About the Breed
Firstly, you should make sure you're educated about your dog's breed if you're not already. Each dog breed is different and can have its own personality traits, physical attributes, and health issues. Breeding some purebred dogs can present a risk for certain health problems, particularly if you're not careful to breed the right dogs together. There needs to be a certain amount of genetic diversity to increase the chances of healthy dogs. If you understand the risks involved, it will help you to make a more informed decision.
How Your Dog's Breed Handles Pregnancy
A more specific thing for you to consider is how your dog's breed usually handles pregnancy. Many breeds will follow a fairly standard journey. A pitbull pregnancy is generally along the lines of any other breed's pregnancy. However, some breeds can be prone to certain complications. For example, some small dogs may have difficulty with natural birth and require a cesarian section. It's also important to be aware of the general complications that can occur in any dog's pregnancy. These include many of the same conditions that can affect people, such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and mastitis.
What Breeding Dogs Involves
A good understanding of the process of breeding dogs and raising puppies is a must. You need to know everything from how to get your dog pregnant to what vaccinations puppies need and even the business side of breeding dogs. It's not just the different steps that you should know but also the costs. You need to understand the cost of vet bills, food, and other supplies. The time that you will need to dedicate to breeding your dog is also something to take into account. It can be a time-consuming process that's not necessarily suitable for someone who doesn't spend much time at home.
The Mating Process
The first stage of breeding your dog is handling the mating process. Before you can do that, you have to find the right dog to breed with your dog. You might have two dogs of your own or you might have a female dog and you want to pay for a stud dog. It's important to follow the AKC lineage for your breeding pair to make sure there are no family health problems before breeding. It's also important to speak to your vet before breeding. If you don't own the sire, it's good practice to have a contract in place that covers costs, profits, and the time the dog will be around your dog.
Your Reasons for Breeding
It's important to think about your reasons for breeding your dog before you do it. Are you doing it because you want to make a profit? Breeding dogs can be a lucrative business in some cases, but you have to consider the costs involved. Even if you can get a good price for each puppy, you have to take into account expenses such as vet bills, a sire dog, food and care items, and more. These costs can all add up and make it difficult to turn a profit. But breeding dogs can also be a lot of fun, especially if you love puppies and raising them.
Providing Your Dog with the Right Care
Looking after your dog during pregnancy and before the puppies are weaned is another essential thing to think about. You need to know how to provide the right care for your dog, how to spot the signs of something being wrong, and how to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Your vet can help you with this, and it's also a good idea to do some independent research. Giving your dog the right diet and making sure she's comfortable during the pregnancy will help things go smoothly.
Handling the Labor
If there are no complications, your dog will probably have her puppies at home. Knowing how to spot the signs of labor and how to make sure the labor goes well are essential. Dogs can often be left to get on with the labor on their own, but you should also be there to watch for anything that might go wrong. You might need to get hold of your vet in an emergency so make sure you know how to contact them.
Getting Puppies Off to a Good Start
As a breeder, it's your job to get the puppies off to a good start. This includes making sure they're healthy and well-fed, possibly getting their first round of vaccinations, and weaning them. You might also start the potty training process with them to make sure they're ready to go to new homes. Puppies should be with their mothers for a minimum of eight weeks, but some breeders will keep them until 12 weeks or perhaps longer. You'll have to make your home safe for puppies, which is a little like babyproofing your home.
Ethically Selling the Puppies
Selling the puppies that you breed should be done in an ethical manner. In addition to breeding your dog at healthy intervals, that means finding the right owners for the puppies. Vetting potential owners will help you to identify the right people and ensure the puppies go to good homes. You might advertise your litter online, perhaps with your own website, and you can also find other online channels for finding buyers.
Breeding your dog can be rewarding but it's also a lot of work. It's not something that you should do without considering all of the responsibilities.