Breeding dogs is not for the faint of heart. It’s like parenting. You don’t go into it blindly – though many people make this mistake and end up being terrible at it – whilst you end breeding casualties which is a terrible thing to impose on a prized dog. Breeding dogs is a professional and humane undertaking. You have to go into this armed with a real love of animals, a stash of cash (this won’t come cheap), and a desire to breed dogs for the right reasons and according to ethical standards. Of course, when done right and following ethical standards, breeding dogs can be financially-rewarding as well. However, don’t quit your day job, as you will find that this won’t happen overnight and can be a rather fickle and sometimes heart-breaking venture.
When breeding dogs, you have to consider the following:
- Know the type of dog you’d like to breed. In 2009, the American Kennel Association released a list for the top 10 most popular dogs for breeding and making it into the list are Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Beagle, Dachshund, Boxer, Poodle, Shih Tzu, and Miniature Schnauzer. These breeds of dogs were all described as ideal pets for the family owing to their intelligence, loyalty, temperament, friendliness, protectiveness, and gentleness.
- Take into account your chemistry with the dog you wish to breed. Your personality and the dog’s should mesh through and through even during rough spots in the breeding process. Yes, even in the dog world, chemistry is everything.
- Know your potential market by researching on how large your market share is, the demand for the dog you plan to breed, and how much your market pays for such a breed.
- Become friends with established and reputable dog breeders who can mentor you about this. You cannot go at this alone and it will take someone who has been in this longer than you have. In fact, do this before making a decision about which breed you will go for.
- Purchase a dog with the best possible lineage. Ask questions about the dog’s parental history, genetics, behavior issues, and health issues, among others. It’s also ideal to purchase your dog from a respected breeder than a puppy mill. The former does this for the love of it while the latter does it for money alone.
- Get the advice of a good veterinarian when it comes to canine health, housing, and grooming. The kind of veterinarian that specializes in breeds. Better still work in tandem with a veterinarian and an experienced breeder. Dogs breed and spawn best when they are healthy and happy.
- Participate in pet shows not because it’s a popularity or beauty contest of sorts but because this is an educational tool that will give you the opportunity to observe other breeds and improve your dog’s line as well.
- Immerse yourself fully into stages like whelping or even C-sections. Prepare yourself for this eventuality by asking your veterinarian or fellow breeder to allow you to witness or participate on this process first-hand.
- Lastly, prepare to advertise your business, get to know your buyers, ensure that your puppies are going into a good family, and even when your puppies have been taken into a new family, become an ever-present part of your puppies’ life like a real biological parent.
If you seriously embark on these pertinent steps and become a sound businessman while also being an animal lover, in the long term, this will make great returns both financially and on repeat buyers.