In the last few years I have become more and more interested in becoming a breeder of dogs. I am a lover of the whippet, the weimaraner, the greyhound and the rhodesian ridgeback. I have loved these dogs from afar and wish to bring one of them into my home soon. I presently am the owner of a rottweiler (she's 10) and an American Pitt Bull Terrier (he's now 16!). They are in stupendous shape and receive lots, and lots of love and care. I one day hope to give that same care to one of the above mentioned breeds.
I am in no rush to breed, I prefer to enjoy my dog(s) for a full year or two...I want to take the opportunity to learn more about the breed and it's specifics. I want to be able to do it right when I do embark on this journey. I'd just like to know where to start and what to do in order to get started...I'd appreciate any advice I can get.
I dont know much about breeding.But I do know you need to wait til they are 2 years so you can get genetic testing done.it takes alot of money to breed.i dont understand why anyone would wnat to breed.Tehre is so many animals getting put to sleep every year.ALL the breeds you have mentioned i can find a least one that needs a new home.they are very pretty breeds.But I have no wnat to breed mroe dogs in the world.When the 7 million of animals quits being put to sleep and there is no need for rescues or shelters than I guess breeding would be OK if done right.Im not bashing you or breeding just stating my opinion.
I would love to see pics of your dogs!! I have a 1 year old Rottie that I got from a rescue.I have a 9 year old cocker that I got form a shelter and a 3 year old cocker I got from a shelter.
Other members will be able to give you advice.I hope you dont take this as a lecture,as that is not my intention at all.
Cocker, By no means do I take it as bashing. I agree with you whole-heartedly and have considered doing shelter/rescuing instead. I was considering even getting a dog from one of these shelters to start with or more even. I live near Atlantic City, NJ and there are still many dogs that can be found that are from racing and the like that are looking for loving homes.
All the while, I can say this...at one point I had 13 dogs in my house! What a crazy place it was--but the love was overflowing and that's really what counts. I'm not looking to breed to flood the market, mainly for my own purposes and perhaps a few pups will be given away or sold. I just love dogs. Perhaps, I'll look more vigorously into rescuing and populating my home with breeded rescuees.
I cant wait to see pics!!If you do breed dont give them away for free.People who do mean harm always are on the look out for free dogs.Look at www.petfinder.com they have dogs up for adoption.All breeds.Lots of retired racers on there.You would be a great rescuer.Im so glad you didnt take it as bashing.But the longer you are a member here the more you will see how many people come on here asking to breed and dont know squat about dogs.But I know oyu arent like that.
I am also learning about breeding aswell. My breed is the German Shepherd Dog. German lines. My suggestion is to have a goal if you want to breed. Why do you want to breed? Yes, there are a lot of dogs that end up in the pound, so have a reason to breed. I am working on breeding police dogs, SAR, and Schutzhund dogs. I also have a contract saying that if for any reason that the owners of one of my pups can no longer care for the pup, they are to give me the pup back. Are you willing to take back puppies? And are you willing to spend the money that it takes to breed dogs, it is not cheap. Are you willing to OFA, cert eyes, health test, and much more. If you find that you are willing to do these things, than if you know what breed is best for your lifestlye then research bloodlines. Don't rush in getting a dog. Take your time. Don't settle for a dog that is cheaper, be willing to spend the money to buy a dog of good bloodlines. It can take time. I found a breeder and it took a year to get a dog from them. But he is worth the wait and the money. Don't breed your dogs before they are 2 yrs, and get there certifications first. I don't want you to take this as a lecture, it's not by any means. This is what a breeder told me when I talked to them about wanting to breed German Shepherd Dogs. I wish you the best of luck with it.
lia...breeding is a double edged sword...I have to say that breeding can be the most rewarding thing you can do. You need to decide what you want to do...become proficent in one breed, especially at first....and get the very best you can afford...look for champion bloodlines...its not just a beauty contest...it is a way to measure your dog against the standard...if not bought proven or tested...testing needs to be done...many have to wait till 2 years old like ofa...but...if you can find a vet...you can do penn hip instead...but a female should not be bred until 2 or very close to 2, if all other testing id dome...research your breed of choice and see what runs in your breeds...ie...heart, blood disorders, eye problems...and sadly...most of us have made costly costly mistakes.....no matter what...ive bought dogs for 1000 only to practically give them away because of temperment or bloodlines they didnt fit into our program...this brings me to the other side of the sword...having to make cold hard decisions about dogs to keep...pups to put to sleep...how are you going to feel if they die...(i lost 3 from 2 litters this year...it almost killed us...my husband took it actually worse...you get so involved in having the thrive...and when they fail...you have to decide what measures do you want to go to save them..for us,..ill supliment but not tube feed...just our decision) You need to know your dogs...what they will produce...and if bad comes up more then once...say..clef pallette...you need to decide if you want to repeat that breeding again...its a long hard job...we get up still about 530 am...poop, pee...more poop..newspapers and bleach...constant cleaning..and if your lucky you wont have ant illnesses...dont fotrget to worm them on schedule along with mom...feed mom and the pups the best...whew....and then comes the selling pups...people come and go...and you have to screen them...most will not be good enough for your lil bundles...how are you going to handle that? Then as time goes on you still have pups...you discount the price...so the amount you thought you would make isnt going to happen...then there is vet care...expected and unexpected...everything takes a bite from the amount that you thought you would get...then...what about upgrades for your dogs...kennels, excercise pens...training...its never ening...then you run into prospective dogs to buy...so...instead of profit your actually in the hole...plus exaused, and your house takes a beating...something to think about...as I said...it can be very rewarding...the unconditional love recieved is perfect...but...when you have to bury one...rehome one it is the other side of the coin...if you do so decide...make a vow to be the very best breeder you can be...do the very best...and be as ethical as you can be...and please ask as many questions as need be...thanks for asking the questions here...some dont believe any one should breed dogs...and some of us say do it ethically and limited...treat each dog as a well loved pet...not as livestock...thats my opinion