how old should my dog be to start breeding

Asked by Member 779004 on Dec 12th 2008 in Breeds
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At least 2 but not before you put a conformation title on your dog & it has all the necessary health certifications (NOT JUST A VET CHECK!) & OFA's done so you know it will not pass down any genetic health problems...Chances are you will find that you shouldn't breed your dog....There are too many BYB dogs being put to sleep in shelters every yr. due to lack of homes...Please don't add to those numbers!
Please read this over & I hope you decide not to breed!

Member 73926 answered on 12/12/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


It depends the breed and if it is male or female. Check out this site, it has great breeding info:

Most experts say that one is year is the absolute youngest but I would actually wait until two years old for females. This way she is totally matured physically and should be emotionally comfortable with herself and better able to care for her pups.

There is alot of work and alot responsibility in breeding animals. It is not to be taken lightly as it quickly turns into a 24/7 job and gets expensive with prenatal care for BOTH mom and dad, natal, and post natal care for mom and pups. Alot of breeders go into it thinking that the dog will automatically care for the pups, but often that is not the case and she will need help.

Do your research before you jump in-do you really want to breed or do you just want puppies to sell? There are already millions of homeless animals waiting to give love to someone.

Dexter answered on 12/12/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Miss Buddie

You don't mention what breed your dog is but also keep in mind that some dogs need more help than others in the delivery of pups. You might have to factor in possible vet intervention or possibly a c-section depending on the litter.

Breeding your dog is more complicated than getting a boy and girl dog to do what nature intended.

Miss Buddie answered on 12/12/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


2 years old. Mainly because the most important health tests cannot be certified until this age.
This is a basic question. If you need to ask it, you have a lot of studying and research ahead of you.

If your dog is a female, a risk that she could die in labor; it's not uncommon.
You need to health test your dog, learn about his/her breed (and what specific health tests are important in that breed), about ethics of breeding, dogs in general, and breeding itself.
Your motive should be to improve the breed's health.
Take it from a breeder "in training". I've been researching dog breeding for about 3 years now.

Member 371549 answered on 12/12/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


At least two years of age.

Member 779238 answered on 12/12/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


If you have to ask this question then it may not be a good idea for you to begin a breeding program. Breeding dogs is a serious undertaking. Care must be taken in carrying on a breed's standards. Health is a definite issue as well. Many times, people will want to breed their dog because it is 'cute' or sweet. This is not a good reason to breed a dog. Please think carefully and do your research before even attempting such an endeavor. It is probably better to simply buy another dog than to breed the one you already have.

Tifanny answered on 12/13/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer