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Things First Time dog Breeders Should Know
Things all novice dog breeders should know before starting
Dog breeding takes much more than allowing a male and a female dog to breed and rejoicing sixty three days later. It takes responsibility, hard work, commitment, research and the acceptance of possibly not seeing one penny after the pups are sold. As a general rule of thumb, if you are reading this article because you want to start breeding soon but lack the knowledge, this is a sign suggesting that you do not have sufficient experience to breed your dogs in the first place, and that unfortunately, you will not be able to gain such knowledge and experience in the next weeks nor in the next months to come.
There are two category of breeders in this world: professional dog breeders and BYB aka back yard breeders.
Professional breeders are knowledgeable individuals that have put all their effort and money in researching, learning and making careful selections in order to generate, healthy well tempered puppies. They often start out by reading books, frequenting dog shows, learning about strengths and weaknesses of the breed. They have not experimented with the breed but have worked hard in having their breeding stock tested for health and temperament. They hardly make any financial gains as lots of money goes away in between tests, providing veterinary care, feeding and caring for the puppies.
They screen carefully potential owners. They will question them and assure that the puppy is placed in a well cared environment. They will promptly take back the puppy with no questions asked if the owners are not satisfied. They really care for the breed and work hard to overcome weaknesses while bringing out the strengths.
Back yard breeders generally, select a handsome couple of dogs and allow them to breed repeatedly. They care less about temperament, they care less about genetically inherited flaws. They know little about the breed and put no research on what kind of specimens they select. They experiment with the breed and try to sell the products of their experimental breedings for a profit. They often like to sell around Christmas and plan their breedings accordingly. You may see their ads in the newspapers around December.
They tend to sell to the first people that are willing to write a check. They are even willing to sell two litter mates if asked to. They often make the selling a one time transaction with no follow ups and no commitments. If you are unhappy with the pup or if it develops health issues, they may be hard to reach. They may never return your phone calls. They offer no type of warranties or certifications. The dogs produced offer no guarantee of being temperamentally stable and they may suffer serious health related issues such as eye problems or hip displaysia. Because they will not take back a puppy once given away, they are ultimately, one of the biggest causes of dogs being abandoned to shelters.
As seen there are major difference between the two types of breeders. It is ultimately, up to you to choose which type of breeder you want to be. If you are looking to learn more about a specific breed and how to start breeding, keep your breeding plans for the future, and invest the present in learning as much as you can so you may one day become a professional and knowledgeable breeder with a great reputation.