To Consider Before Breeding Your Dog
dogs can be one of the most rewarding things you
can do. Of course it's not as simple as deciding
to breed and starting. There are some important
things you need to ask, and honestly answer before
you can breed with a clear conscience.
With so many unwanted puppies you need to be sure
you can find good homes for all the puppies. There
are far too many unwanted pets in the world. If
you are wanting to breed because you feel you
have a lot of time, resources and love to give
- rather consider adopting one of the many millions
of homeless pets and giving your love in this
will need to have your bitch thoroughly checked
by the veterinarian before thinking about allowing
your bitch to become pregnant. Lingering and chronic
medical conditions must be identified and sorted
out before pregnancy. If something is found that
would indicate that pregnancy is dangerous for your
bitch (for example Daschunds have severe back problems
which can be exacerbated by pregnancy) the problem
needs to be sorted out.
at the vet you will also need to ask many questions.
Doing your homework helps here too - if you are
going to do this there are a great deal of things
you will need to know about. And many unforeseen
circumstances you might find yourself in. You must
know a great deal about all aspects of your bitches
reproduction before you go ahead.
for puppies also takes significant resources. You
will need to commit to a great deal of extra time
on your part. Caring for a pregnant, whelping and
lactating bitch is time consuming enough, not to
mention caring for the puppies.
you will need to prepare for the added veterinarian
costs, both for your bitch and the necessary vaccines
for the puppies. If you cannot afford the medical
costs then under no circumstances should you breed
with your bitch.
litter can be as large as 12 puppies which will
place an enormous financial strain on you. Unless
both dogs are of very good breeding you might not
see any return on your investment.
the process can also have its ups and downs for
you and your family. Are you prepared for the possibility
of sick, deformed or even dead puppies? How will
your children react? How will you deal with these
kinds of issues?
your motives carefully. Don't breed because you
think you will be able to make some profit for yourself.
This is both false and selfish. Don’t' breed
only because you think it will be a joyous experience
for your children. If something goes wrong it won't
be quite as joyful. Lastly if you are clinging to
false fantasies about cute puppies and no other
work then think again.
- every puppy you create is your responsibility
and that can be quite a monumental thing. This means
if owners of the puppies cannot care for them anymore
you will need to take them back.
hard, messy work and there is an endless list of
things that can go wrong.
said, allowing your bitch to mate can be a very
rewarding experience. If you are sure you have considered
all the aspects, are well read and sure you have
enough love, time and money to go round - then enjoy
the experience. It's amazing to watch the miracle
of life unfold before you. If you have children
it will be both educational and memorable experience.
its best; breeding should be a careful blend between
science and art. Are you really prepared for all
the responsibility that comes with breeding?