Things To Think About Before You Breed Your Dog

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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!

Should You Neuter Your Dog?

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If you are a dog owner, or are thinking about getting one, at some point you may need to consider whether or not you want to have your dog neutered. There are a lot of different things to consider when it comes to this decision, so it should not be made lightly. While many people will tell you that you should have your dog neutered no matter what, the truth is that the answer is a little bit more complicated, and it will depend on your own particular situation. Below are some things that you should consider before making a decision on neutering. Hopefully with the information below you will be able to come to a more informed decision that is right for both you and your dog.

1. Purpose – Why did you get this dog? Of course you got it to have some companionship, but for some people it is more than that. For example, some people breed dogs, while others enter them into shows. In both of these cases, you will want to skip having your dog neutered. Obviously not being neutered is essential for breeding dogs, and when you enter them into shows, the judges usually prefer that all of the dog’s parts are intact. However, if you got a dog simply to have a pet, and would like them to have a long and healthy life, then neutering is probably the way to go for you.

2. Age – The age of your dog is important when considering neutering. Even if you are certain that you want to get your dog neutered, it is important that you wait until they are at least a year old. This will help to ensure that they grow properly, and will help to avoid some health complications that can come with performing this operation too soon.

3. Health – The third major thing that you should think about is the health of your dog. If you want your dog to live a long and healthy life – and we are assuming you do – then neutering is the way to go. Not only does it help protect dogs from venereal diseases, but it can also reduce the risk of complications with their prostate. One study by the University of Georgia found that neutered dogs lived on average 1.5 more years than their non-neutered counterparts. However, another study that looked at golden retrievers found that dogs neutered before they were 1 year of age were at an increased risk to other health complications. So again, the timing of the operation is also important.

As you can see, there is no one-size fits all when it comes to dog neutering. For most people, neutering your dog is the right way to go, as long as you do it at the right time. However, if you plan on breeding your dog, or entering them into competitions, then you will want to avoid neutering. Whatever decision you make, just be sure that you have done plenty of research beforehand. This way you can be certain that you are making the right decision for your dog.