Deciding to breed dogs is a big task. There is a lot that goes into it, and it should not be taken lightly. Before you begin breeding, there are a few things that you need to think about and to do. By doing these things you will help to make the breeding experience better for not only you, but for the dogs as well.
1. Research – The most important thing you need to do is not go into this blind. Find out as much information as possible before you begin. Read about the types of dogs you should get, the living arrangements necessary to hold the dogs, the tools or supplies you are going to need, and a lot more. The more information that you can gather, the better off that you will be. Talk to people that have bred dogs before and see what advice they can give you. There are plenty of sites online where dog breeders can talk to one another, so get acquainted with this community and see what they can tell you. Making mistakes during dog breeding can lead to some pretty bad consequences, so you want to try and avoid these at all costs.
2. Reasons – Why are you breeding dogs? This may seem like a silly question, but you need to think about it carefully before you begin. Are you breeding because you love animals, and you want to raise some puppies? Are you breeding these dogs so that they can compete in shows? Or are you just looking to make money by selling purebred dogs? The reasons behind breeding will impact many of the decisions that you make, so you will want to keep the reason in the back of your mind whenever you are making a decision.
3. Your Situation – Lastly, you want to think about your current situation. For example, when the puppies are born, you will need to live with them for at least 8 weeks before they are ready to move onto new homes. Are you prepared for that? Knowing when breeding normally occurs will help to make sure that your home is prepared when the puppies come around. Also, when you are breeding, your aim is to improve the breed. Therefore you want to make sure you are starting off with a dog that is good for breeding. They should have a good temperament, be smart, and have symmetrical features. There are many things to look for in a good breeding dog, but these are some of the main ones. You also want your dog to be healthy, so it is a good idea to have the dogs examined by a vet before you begin.
This is just a short list, but it should set you off in the right direction. As we said, breeding is no small undertaking, so the better prepared you are, the more successful it will be. By thinking about the above things in advance, you give yourself the best chance at having a good breeding experience. Good luck!