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I have a dog that i would like to breed. I know NOTHING about this. Can someone give me the rules of thumb about it and what all it involves?


Asked by hw1977 at 11:26 PM on Jan. 12, 2009 in Pets

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  • Only consider breeding IF you have a purebred registered dog. Even then, some breeds have recommendations of the quality of dog you should breed. You should find a reputable breeder that has the same breed of dog and find out what the standards are for your dog's breed and THEN see if they think your dog is of the quality to breed. For example: We bred Golden Retrievers. Goldens can have hip dysplasia and it is a genetic disorder. Our Goldens had to have their hips xrayed at the age of 2 and have an OFA certificate that they were clear of the disorder so that we could breed quality dogs. My SIL breeds Collies. Collies can have eye and hip problems and she has to have her dogs checked for both problems before she will breed.


    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:13 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • I cannot give you an answer because I am in the same boat and would also like to know the answer to this question! LOL....sorry

    Answer by MyMayBaby_Chloe at 11:27 PM on Jan. 12, 2009



    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • Jesus Christ people, don't breed your dogs. There are way too many animals in shelters right now that need loving homes, and you're just adding to the problem. If you don't know how to breed then DON'T DO IT. You're putting the lives of animals at risk because you want some cute cuddly puppies? Go volunteer at the humane society, they have lots of cute cuddly puppies that need love already.

    Answer by lmk122288 at 11:46 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

  • i totally agree with lmk!!!

    DON'T DO IT!!! Please!

    Answer by matobe at 1:39 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • First of all do you have a male or female? I am a technician at a vet hospital. We run into this all the time. We strongly discourage people from breeding their dogs. Breeding is not going to be "fast money" like most people think. We strongly discourage people from breeding thier dogs. Please don't breed your dog. There are too many risks involved and if you don't know what you are doing, you could lose the pups and mom in a blink of an eye. Please get your dog fixed. Its the best thing for the animal and they will most likely live a long and healthy life.

    Thank you...

    Answer by momiwant1 at 1:53 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • (cont.)
    EVEN WITH quality dogs, there is a lot of $$ involved. You should have a vet check beforehand to make sure your dog is free of disease (there are STD's in the canine world) and has all its shots and worming up to date. Then there is a stud fee if you have a female.


    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:14 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • (cont.)
    If you have a female you need to be extra vigilant during her pregnancy, keeping her on a strict schedule and nutritious diet. You need to have a special place for her to whelp, and when she does you have to watch her but not interfere unless necessary. Ever try to run a dog to the vet when it's in the middle of labor, you've got 2 newborn pups and momma's contractions quit with more pups in her? Ever have a pup with a hernia whose insides come out when momma bites the cord off? Vet care isn't cheap. THEN, you'll have to change her bedding a few times a day so that it stays clean. You'll have to watch that the pups are getting enough food from momma, and when she can't sustain them with just nursing you'll have to mix food for the pups and clean up after them; puppies can be messy creatures when they eat.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:15 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • (cont.)
    If you have them in the house your house will smell of puppy poop unless you change the papers 4 to 6 times a day. At 6 weeks of age you have to start with the pups' first round of shots and wormer which isn't cheap. After that you can try to sell the pups, but in this economy it can be tough (it was tough when the economy was good.) Be prepared to feed and care for and keep the shots schedules current for those pups that don't sell right away.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:15 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

  • (cont.)
    If you have a stud dog, you'll have to be sure that any females brought in to him are free of disease. You'll have to make sure he isn't overbred during any season and that he has a quality nutritious dog food. You should have legal contracts with the females' owners so that you don't get cheated out of stud fees. AND you should have him checked before breeding the first time to make sure he has good fertility.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:16 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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