Breeding Information for People Who Want to Breed Dogs
December 14, 2003 (published) | July 2, 2013 (revised)
Factors to Consider
- Will your dog contribute excellent health, temperament, working ability or conformity to the breed standard?
- Do you understand that spaying and neutering will prevent some health problems that you risk by keeping your dog intact?
- Are you aware of any and all health and temperament problems in your dog's pedigree, looking at both depth and breadth of pedigree?
- Are you willing to search for the best dog to breed your dog to, even if you have to travel out of state?
- Do you have carefully screened buyers and deposits for all the puppies you may produce?
- Do you have money set aside in case the dam or puppies need emergency care?
- Can you or another responsible adult be present 24 hours a day for the first 3 weeks in case hand feeding is needed?
- Have you read about what to prepare and expect for canine pregnancy, whelping and puppy rearing? (rec source: Canine Reproduction: A Breeder's Guide 3rd Edition, Phyllis Holst)
- Are you willing to keep and properly socialize all the puppies until good homes are found?
- Are you willing to take back any or all puppies any time in their lives that they may no longer be wanted?
- Are you willing to serve as a lifetime resource for the buyers of your puppies?
- Annual CERF eye certification.
- Wait until 2 years of age before breeding, then have OFA hip and elbow certification performed.
- Have all breed-specific health clearances performed - check with veterinarian and national breed club (may include heart, thyroid, genetic testing, many others).
- Have Brucella canis test performed 1 month in advance.
- Have a complete physical examination performed on your dog prior to breeding.
- This should include a digital vaginal exam to check for vaginal band/stricture.
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