|Barked: Thu Mar 26, '09 8:54am PST |
|I am against breeding dogs unless it is done responsibly by a reputable breeder. This is because there are 10,000 humans born each year in the US, while there are about 70,000 puppies born in the US. Dogs do not need to have "just one litter" to feel complete or happy.
These are steps one would need to take to become a responsible and reputable breeder:
1. Contact a breed club for your breed. Ask for a mentor.
2. STUDY the breed standard. Learn about dog anatomy and ask your mentor to
clarify anything you don't understand.
3. Learn what genetic faults and diseases run in your breed and test for any
that can be tested for.
4. Show your dog in conformation events to see if it is of the proper
quality for breeding. Winning doesn't always mean a dog is breeding quality,
but being around so many others that know your breed and will talk to you
will do wonders for your self-education efforts!
5. Study the past history of great dogs in your breed. You will see how your
breed has improved and progressed since the beginning of the breed.
6. Study the breed standard some more! ;-)
7. Join any Yahoo groups about your breed.
8. Live, dream and study your breed.
9. Get a good book on canine reproduction, and educate yourself about the
pitfalls, problems, and proud moments of breeding. Learn about the
physiology of reproduction, such as heat cycles and venereal diseases in
dogs, potential for problems specific to your breed, and what you need to
expect at whelping.
10. Remember that whelping (giving birth) can kill your female. Being used
as a stud dog can encourage bad behaviors common in intact males such as
territorial marking, aggression, and desire to roam from home.
11. Prepare to be broke. Breeding properly is EXPENSIVE.
12. Line up potential homes for any puppies you produce and write up a
contract. Remember to include that you will be willing to take back your
puppies at any time in their lives that they might need you. If you bring
life into this world, it is your responsibility FOREVER.
13. Prepare to spend sleepless nights attending whelping females, caring for
fading puppies or puppies orphaned, and practice cleaning up after 24/7 poop
ETA: there is a rule in most dog parks that females in heat are not allowed. This is because it will cause males to fight and the female can get hurt or die in the process. Even dogs who are neutered can smell the hormones both from the females in heat and the in-tact males and feel challenged and fight. Youre putting every dog at risk by bringing her in.
Edited by author Thu Mar 26, '09 9:11am PST
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