Dog breeding 101: The do’s and don’ts

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When their dogs have matured, some dog owners miss the feeling of having a new puppy around the house. While adopting a puppy from the local animal shelter is the best way to remedy this nostalgia, some owners insist on having one of “their own.” While responsible dog owners should sterilize their pets, it is understandable to want at least one litter of puppies before doing so. Those considering this should keep the following pointers in mind:

DON’T breed your dog for money
While it is not unethical to sell well-bred puppies, financial income should not be the primary motivator in dog-breeding. Breeding puppies should not be a way to make “quick cash.” This is the method of puppy mills– establishments which have now been made illegal.

DO wait for the dog to be the right age
The right age for mating varies with breed. Owners should consult their veterinarian before making preparations to breed their dogs. They must also remember that there is a mating season. A female dog must be “in heat” prior to mating. Force-mating her at any other point in her cycle may result in an unsuccessful pregnancy.

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DON’T breed the dog before finding homes for the puppies
Depending on the mother’s, litter size will range from 2 to 10 puppies, and sometimes even more. Most dog owners only want to keep one or two of the puppies, so arrangements must be made to find homes for the rest of the litter even before they are born. Reputable breeders usually have a waiting list of interested buyers even before mating season.

DO choose the stud after thorough research
Though excited dog owners may opt for the first stud they find, it is important to look through the options for the best possible genetic match. Owners are recommended to research on the stud’s genetic and medical history to ensure that the puppies are least prone to disorders.

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Having a baby is a well-thought decision, and having your dog get pregnant shouldn’t be any different. Experienced dog breeder Suzy Azalea discusses important points about dog breeding, training, and ownership on this website.