"lucina - considering the fact that even a community college charges around 15 - 18 thousand dollars a year to attend, there could be no possible way you made enough money to attend a college from the sales of your puppies. unless of course you run a mill. " ______________________________________________________
I beg your pardon ma'am, but have you ever BEEN to school? A university may cost that much but community colleges do not. The community college I attend costs $2112 per year (2 semesters). Thats $88 per credit hour with 4 classes at 3 credit hours each, which is a full time student. Thats a FAR cry from the $18,000 you mentioned. All classes are easily transferable to a 4 year University. Lots of people attent community colleges either for degrees or because they can get many classes out of the way for a lot less cost.
I think it's wonderful that she sold dogs to put herself through school.
As far as the OP, I think 15-16 is a fine age to breed if your parents are willing to back up the financial end of it. I love seeing kids involved with animals. As long as you are mature enough to handle it and willing to continue to learn about breeding then I say go for it. Your only problem is the financial end and like I said, if your parents are willing to cover that then best of luck to you!
I just couldn't see a 14-16-or even 16 year old waking up all hours of the night to care for a sick puppy then go to school inthe morning. i was a VERY mature 15/16 year old (BELIEVE ME!!!! ...i am 22 and have a 6 year old...you do the math) And there are FAR from a few people mature enough. I would never be a dog breeder even at 22.
"I just couldn't see a 14-16-or even 16 year old waking up all hours of the night to care for a sick puppy then go to school inthe morning. i was a VERY mature 15/16 year old (BELIEVE ME!!!! ...i am 22 and have a 6 year old...you do the math)"
Yeah, well every person on here so far claims to have been 'very' mature for their age. And besides, I'm not talking about physical mautrity which is what you had (your body was physically able to have the baby at such a young age). I'm talking about mental maturity which is something you didn't have or else you wouldn't have made the decisions you did to have a baby at 16. I had a baby when I was young too and now I see that it was not a mature decision.
There is a HUGE difference in what you are talking about.
While I agree that in this day and age, many 14-15 years olds are very irresponsible and not mentally ready to handle the challenges of breeding and raising animals, I think it all boils down to the individual. As Icyhound said, there are many mature, eager teenagers who have grown up raising animals within thier family, and they are incredibly successful. I myself grew up in a family that raised Angus cattle for generations... I was showing cattle in the proffessional circuit at the age of 7 and had been involved in the care, etc of all the farm animals since I could walk. I went on to graduate high school just after my 17th birthday and went immediately into the Exotic animal training and management program. I have not only been a vet tech, but I have done wildlife rehabilitation and education, zookeeping, training and now breed, show, train American Bulldogs and Olde English Bulldoggs. I have every intention on bringing my children (once my husband and I start having them that is!) up around animals and teaching them the responsibilities of life. I will not be upset if they do not choose a similar path to mine, but I will feel better knowing that they were given the same values my family taught me.
So, after all that rambling!.... I feel some young people can make excellent breeders as long as thier family is involved and they give thier all into what they do. But, I can agree that many people (buyers as well as other breeders) may not take a young breeder seriously until that young breeder has proven his/herself with thier animals. Many people may feel uncomfortable doing business with a teenager. So to the original poster.... if you are truly serious about becomming a breeder, find a mentor in your breed of choice, work with them, learn from them and always have them as your guide. Hopefully your parents can financially back you up and buy the quality foundation animals for your program and continue to help with showing expenses, testing expenses, you name it. It will take a lot of work, but if this is what you truly want to do in life, it will all be worth it.
I went to UNLV about 15 years ago. I believe it cost around $50 per credit back then, and I lived with my parents about 15 min from the University, so housing was free.
This was back in the dark ages long before the internet. There was no easy access to the vast information like we have today. All I knew about dogs was from old books I got from the library. The genetic problems I read about, seems only statistics to me. Ignorance was bliss. I wasnít worried about it until one of my dogs had hip dysphasia at 9 months and I had to put him down. That sure was a wakeup call which I took seriously.
In high school, I had 3 females and 1 male. I had 4 litters a year (I didnít know any better). The average litter size was 8 pups and I sold the pups for about $500-$700 each. You can do the math for yourself. Not bad for a teenager. My mom was the one that would usually do the actual selling of the pups, but their care was my responsibility. I made few mistakes at first, but learned a lot as I went along.
Knowing then what I know now, I would have done many things differently, but I would still do it.
By reading your posts I would say definately not. If you want to work wiht or help someone that is a breeder then do that. Maybe join a 4h club or something. Do you know anything about genetics? I'm guessing no. Find an older breeder around you to be your mentor and stop asking if you should be a breeder or get your dog fixed. It shows that you are not ready for this at all. I bred balinese and siamese for my ffa project in high school but I also researched every day for months and definately knew what I was doing. Dogs are a whole nother level too.
Just to throw in. My community college is 2,500 a semester for just class plus the usual 500 for books. This semester books cost me 1250. I don't see any way I would ever be able to come up with that money from breeding.
I agree with Atomic Dog! If the person is 14 or 15 and is highly responsable and the parents help out I would consider buying from the 14 or 15 year old. I am 13 and have had to watch a batch of puppies come into this world and after three weaks the mother started weaning them. My mom and me took shifts to look after them!
Well.. my friend Mable breeds cats.. made $30,000 in the time that she has done so, selling her cats for 1200 each. I don't know much about her breeding, but I know she does it. However, I think she is not incredibly responsible, and it is not dogs.. you never know. I'm 14 and i wouldnt even WANT to put myself through the troubles of breeding.
Breedoing dogs is a big responsability. it take a great deal of time effort and MONEY. Now mom and dad put in the time while Jr is at school. Mom and dad pay for the dog's care and mom and dad deal with potential buyers so then WHO is the breeder? Children belong getting their educations and being children while they can they do not belong breeding dogs.
Perhaps it would be better to purchase a pure bred dog and take some handling classes for the show ring, to start with.This way you'll be exposed to world of pure bred dogs and the people who are involved with it.
I think of it this way. Is a 14-15 year old old enough to have a baby? I'm sure all of you would say no. Breeding is taking responsibility for human life, just like having a baby is. It requires knowledge, responsibility, money and time. If someone that young is interested they need to start reading to gain knowledge, help out at shelters or with breeders in their area. When they get old enough apply for a job at a vet clinic as a kennel tech. Get a taste of what the responsibility of taking care of a dog is all about before diving into a breeding career.
being a prior 13-14 year old and now a 26 y/o. I would tell this child no, that is a grown up thing to do. Now on the other hand If there was parental guidance and the parent is willing to oversee and get educated if not already. i would be all for it. my best friend now 25. his dad was breeding and racing pigeons since he was a baby and he learned all about the practise from a expereinced teacher. the boy himself even with all his training was not fit or mature enough to takecare of the birds himself. I am soory and this is hard for teenager to swallow but maturity takes time. life takes time and time is what builds mnaturity (along with congative development) we are not dealing with a car that if you mess up it just wont run right or not at all. you will have messed up a life. that being said breeding for money is never a good idea, wrong motivation (maturity). breeding to go to college, not very feasible. a lot of states have laws limitin how many tinme a year you can breed a female, some require liscense for breeding and almost all require kennel liscense for the amount dogs you would have to own to be able to go to college. I deal with three adult dogs right now and work (takes up about the same amount of time as going to hight school) and i have my hands full. I also witnessed a birth of a litter when i was young. that does not give me any expertise on dog breeding. think about it, try to put your desire a side for a moment. and really think this through. what if you have a litter and three are sick each has to dee the vet that is at least 30.00 a dog= 90.00 now one needs a x-ray minimal 80.00= 170.00 two need meds 50.00 each 220.00. now all the dogss have to return for a folow up another 90.00=310.00 the x-ray dog needs another one for the follow up 80.00=390.00 one dog is better. the other more meds 50.00= 440.00 say this happens on you first litter. you have no dogs sold yet=no money in your pocket and your whole litter needs shots lets say 5 dogs thats another 100.00=540.00. mommy is probably going to need see the vet after birth 30.00=570.00 to see the vet and 50.00 for meds. for a grand total of 620.00 plus feeding, toys. leashes collars crates, supplments, lost sleep, destroyed belongings,lost free time. also there is the possability some pups won't make it. how will you handle that. that is very hard thing to witness.
My sister breeds Basenjis and she is 15.My parents help her out and her dogs are all healthy.You just have to find a teen that is dedicated.She goes to school,cleans up behind them and the rest of the dogs,and has a job at a vet clinic cleaning up behind more animals.She is a great breeder and her dogs love her.