Dog Breeding: An Introduction

Dog breeding is not an endeavor which should ever be taken lightly, and it should never be done for the wrong reasons. For instance, if you are in it for the money, then stop now. If you want to breed your dog because you want a puppy just like him or her, then stop now. If you cannot or are unwilling to invest the time, patience, love, care, and money necessary to become a dog breeder then stop now. If you are interested in breeding your dog just once, “just for fun,” or just for the experience, then stop now. Becoming a really good, reputable dog breeder takes years and there are several crucial things to understand.
To begin with, the goal of all good dog breeders should be to meet the Breed Standard; that is what you should always strive for, whether it is possible or not. No one has ever bred the perfect dog, but trying, always, to get as close to healthy perfection as you possibly can is the key. You need to really sit down and think about why you are considering dog breeding. The best dog breeders do so because they love dogs and are fulfilled by spending time and effort on and with them. It takes true commitment and a deep love for dogs, because that way, you know that their health and happiness will always be at the forefront of your mind.

After you have recognized your true motives and are certain that they are true, then you need to choose what kind of breed with which you want to work. You should make sure that it fits both your personality and your lifestyle. For instance, if you live in a big city, you should not work with a large breed, because the dogs will not have the freedom to exercise or be active. If you live in a hot climate, you should steer clear of breeds with thick coats. If you live in a crowded area, small, nervous breeds would not be very well suited to that environment.
Once you have picked out the breed which will be perfect for you, then you need to research everything about that breed. You especially need to familiarize yourself with that breed’s highest standard and then make that your main aim. No matter what decisions you make as a breeder, the Breed Standard of your chosen breed should always be a huge factor.
Talking to as many other breeders as you possibly can is vitally important, as is familiarizing yourself with pedigree charts. You should check out books on breeding techniques and standards, attend different, and above all, you should find a veterinarian who is knowledgeable in the art of breeding. If you can find a vet who is specifically familiar with your breed of choice, that is even better. You need to develop a philosophy by which you will always breed, filled with your goals and standards, and make sure that you conform to it. Take advice from others and realize, as well, that dog breeding is a costly investment. It will take money, time, and tremendous effort

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