The Decision to Breed or Not to Breed..Dog Breeding
It is extremely important to learn the facts and possible consequences in advance if you are contemplating breeding your dog. In today’s overcrowded world, we-the wardens of our domestic pets – must make responsible decisions for them and for ourselves. Please review the following points carefully.
KCI registration is Not an indication of quality. Most dogs, even purebred, should not be bred. Many dogs, though wonderful pets, have defects of structure, personality or health that should not be perpetuated. Breeding animals should be proven free of these defects BEFORE starting on a reproductive career. Breeding should only be done with the goal of IMPROVEMENT – an honest attempt to create puppies better than the sound, wonderful parents they come from. ignorance is NO excuse! Once you have created a life, you can’t take it back – even if it’s blind, crippled or a canine psychopath!
Dog breeding is NOT a money making proposition, if done correctly. Health care and shots, diagnosis of problems and advance genetic testing to determine quality and breedability, extra food, proper facilities, stud fees, advertising, etc. are all costly and must be paid BEFORE you sell any pups. An unexpected Caesarean or emergency intensive care for a sick pup, or even a litter of sick pups as often happens with parvo, will make break – even litter become a BIG liability.
First-time breeders have no reputation and no referrals to help them find buyers. Previous promises of “I want adog just like yours” evaporate. Consider the time and expense of caring for pups that may not sell until 4 month, 8 months, or longer…what WOULD you do? Send them to the pound? Dump them in the country? Sell them cheap to a dog broker who may resell them to research labs or other unsavory buyers? Veteran breeders with a good reputation often don’t even think about breeding unless they have people waiting for the puppies, with cash deposits in advance for an average-sized litter.
JOY OF BIRTH:
If you’re doing it for the children’s education, remember the whelpling may be at 3 AM, or at the vet’s on the surgery table. Even if the kids are present, they may get the chance to see the birth of a monster or a mummy, or watch the dog they love scream and bite you as you attempt to deliver a pup that is half out and too large some bitches are not natural mothers, and either ignore or savage their whelps. Bitches can have severe delivery problems, or even die in whelp. Pups can be born dead, or with gross deformities that require euthanasia. Of course there can be joy, but if you can’t deal with the possibility of tragedy, don’t breed.
Veteran breeders of quality dogs state they spend well over two hours a day, every day, for months, to raise an average litter. The bitch CANNOT be left alone while whelping, and only for short periods for the first few day after. Be prepared for days off work and sleepless nights. Even after delivery, mom needs care and feeding, pups need daily checking, weighing, socialization, and later grooming and training, and the whelping box needs lots and lots of cleaning. More hours are spent with paperwork, pedigrees and interviewing buyers. If you have any abnormal conditions such as sick puppies or a bitch who can’t or won’t care for her babies, count on double the time. If you can’t provide the time, you will either have dead pups or poor ones that are bad tempered, antisocial, antisocial, dirty and/or sickly – hardly a buyer’s delight.
It’s midnight…do you know where you puppies are? There are more than FIVE MILLION unwanted dogs put to death in pounds in this country EACH year, with million more dying homeless and unwanted of starvation, disease, from automobiles, abuse, etc. A quarter or more of the victims of this unspeakably tragicstuation are purebred dogs “with papers. “ The breeder who creates a life is responsible for the life. Will you carefully screen potential buyers? OR will you say “yes” and not think about that little puppy you held and loved now having a litter every time she comes in heat, which fills the pounds with MORE statistics – YOUR grandpups? Would you be prepared to take back a grown puppy if the owners could no longer care for it? Or can you live with the thought that the baby YOU caused to be brought into this world will be destroyed at the pound?
CONCLUSIONS: Because of these facts, Dog Breeding is best left to the PROFESSIONAL BREEDER!
WHAT MAKES A BREEDER PROFESSIONAL?
A professional breeder is one who has made a lifetime commitment to the well-being and IMPROVEMENT of one, possibly two, breeds.
A Professional has studied and researched his breed and knows, intimately, its history and Standard, its strong points and drawbacks.
A professional has spent time, effort and MONEY researching and proving the qualities and health of her potential breeding stock. Those that do not prove out are NOT bred. She plans a litter only with the goal of puppies better than the parents, not for profit or vanity.
A professional considers his dog’s health and well-being far more important than their ability to reproduce.
A Professional has both the time and mental fortitude to BE THERE for her breeding dogs and her puppies. She evaluates her litters and makes every effort to match puppy to buyer in temperament, attitude, and energy level.
A professional is, first and foremost, selling only to responsible, loving homes. While some exceptional pups may be saved for special show homes, the professional does not force entangling contracts or arrangements for “puppies back” on people who are only interested in a pet.
A professional keeps in periodic contact with the owners of puppies he’s sold, not only to see the development of his breeding program, but also because he cares about them.
A professional does NOT have so many dogs that she has no time for individual attention, play and grooming, or has to skimp on food quality, space, preventive medicine and health care.
A professional assumes responsibility for the life he creates – carefully screening buyers, helping find new homes, making a comfortable life for his retirees and yes, being able to make the decision to enthanize when a puppy born with a mental or physical problem has no chance for a quality life.
A professional builds a good reputation slowly, based on dedication and consistent quality, not on volume, advertising, or from a casual or self-glorifying attitude.
A professional goes further and assumes some responsibility for the problems of her breed as a whole – she belongs to an organization for the breed, she continues to read about new developments, and she works to reduce the number of her breed that are carelessly bred, ill cared for, or discarded.
A professional can look at a bigger picture than dog show wins or puppy sales, and contributes in some way to the betterment of dogs as a whole.
Educated owners want to buy from such professionals. If you want to join the professional ranks, involve yourself in a club for your breed, and take advantage of the knowledge and experience you will find in your fellow members. Begin the months and years of research that will be necessary for you to know your breed thoroughly before you think about breeding a litter. If you feel this is MORE obligation than you care to take on, choose the RESPONSIBLE alternative – have your pet spayed or neutered!