I dont claim to be a breeder but in the future i hope to be. I just had my first litter though. As hard as i tried to keep my girl under lock and key she managed to escape one day and she hooked up with the neighbors pit.
She had 13 healthy pups on Dec. 14th so they just turned two weeks yesterday.
After the birthing experience with her i have decided that it will be a while before i try and start up my own breedig program. The blood and stuff is just a little much for me to stomach. lol
If you are considering breeding my suggestion is to get together with someone you know and assist them with the birth of the puppies. That way you know what you are getting yourself into.
Well, I have had litter of puppies before, but not for years. As I've said, while many will tell you of the cost, no one tells you of the...YUCK and I'm not talking about the birthing process! LOL. It's A LOT of work, and I don't know how anyone can possibly raise a litter of pups for the at least 8 weeks they need to be with their mom and work outside the home. In my opinion it is not possible to keep those pups in a "clean--ish" condition unless you, or someone is home with them. They belong inside with the family being exposed to family noises....(in my opinion)
You dont have to be licenced to be a breeder...I am a breeder... i agree Kristen..it is almost imposable to keep pups clean and the enviroment clean also...heres my scoop..
I am a breeder...I can proudly say it and with out excuse or faulter. I live, breath and life revolves around our dogs ( well cats too). We dont go away, or vacation because of our obligations. They are not a hobby or a job...they are our passion, our lives...As kristen pointed out..who in there right mind can do with all the yuck ...well...we do it..and each day is a new...each litter raised with patience nurturing and love...each mess cleaned and area sanitised with the pups health and wealfare in mind..ALWAYS...We dont get days off...we dont work 40 hours...there is 4 of us..and we work around the clock..and yet..we still love it..sure..we probably have made money..and would be able to keep it if we didnt upgrade our dogs conditions, do vet testing and regularly scheduled vet care...I feed mid level food, but I do vet testing to ensure it is enough for them...if it was not..things would change, that is a promise...One made to my dogs.
I breed American line German Shepherds..and some dont care for them and many have nothing nice to say about them as I can relate when people come here and get blasted...But..I personally have paid my dues...here and in life..I am no first timmer ( or claim when the stuff hits the fan....its my first litter) I have done rescue and fostering for probably more years then many here have been alive...I bred Hunting dogs first, a passion of my ex...and even being a newbie...I got to say I never made serious mistakes in judgment when it came to my pets and a litter of precious pups I had entrusted to me. My first litter we had a cleft pallet pup...and we took it immediatly to the vet for inspection and I knew IMMEDIATLY it had to be euthanised...and it was...I didnt let it linger...suffer and slowly painfully die...even though euthenasia on a lil one is a horrable way to go the needle can not find a vein...I wont go into the particulars...But...it kills you...but..it was our choice to do this..you cant go half way...I have had another member here tell me that new people make mistakes...things happen...well..My feel is if you know your breed standard...you make a decision to do some thing..there is no room for error...we are not talking about growing a field of zinnias...these are living breathing caring beings with a soul...and many see them as livestock..and i can not..and will never condone that theory...never as long as I have breath and 2 fingers to hammer away at a key board...I do not work out side of the home..my husband does not either..and we designate 24/7 to animals..and when a litter is due..we do every thing to ensure healthy mom and pups..i am there at the birth...and am the first to handle the pups..to clean and at times stimulate life into them..I put so much more into them to just be a run of the mill..and i think it should be the standard that all breeders worth there salt would do...I hold others to the very high standards i hold..yes..for good reason..living breathing creatures with souls depend on me..for everything..food, water, love and socialization...if i dont do my job they will not be good pets and tragically they could be rehomed..and that is NOT what i want..I am there long after the sale...I want to be involved just as long as they will allow me to be..I am a perminate fixure in the lives I see to producing..and if i get lost in that factor it will be my last day at breeding...I think breeders ( named so loosly) dont put enough into it..dont take it serious enough and dont see the creatures as any thing more then a disposable unit...like a paper clip...well...thats where they all go wrong..I dont tell any one to do some thing I can not and do not do my self...I have extreemly high standards..and as it should be..I just wish others were also held to the same standard or better...and then the whole sittuation would be better...
I breed Quality dogs...( cat ossasionally) and I stand behind them..have no worries and even tell people to come here and who i am on here..so far one of the pups I helped to be born has a parent who comes to post here...and if I was fearful or felt I was not doing as I said or what I should I would be worried that person would tell it and soon ol Huron would be a laughing stock..or bashed or run off....but I have no worries..I stand firmly on my principles and although I will be the first to say I learn some thing new every day on this and other forums...I have read every book I could get my hands on since I was a child...I talk to others...get opinions and form my own from the give and take in all that I see hear and read...So..if others get frustrated with my posts because I call it like I see it and if you cant hang with it or your own poor judgment...so be it..Im not breeding/studing pet shop dogs..im not breeding/studing dogs not tested and I pick them and breed only sound examples worthy to breed. I take the act of breeding very very seriously...I do so to better the breed...better what I have..I use show ( akc)champion and internation champions to pass on only the best genes to future generations..I didnt need any one here to tell me..I saw enough mediocre quality and mixes in pounds and shelter and i ended up rescueing and fostering many examples for over 25 years...as I said...I have paid my dues...so...Yes..I am a breeder...a pretty good one if I can say so...surely far from the best...but..one thing for sure..I do not compromise..my dogs are not born, raised and dieing in kennels...If they seem sick..they dont get over looked...because we have constant contact...I feed mid grade...but bi yearly blood tests show consistant health levels above and beyond..I wouldnt think of studing my dogs to substandard females or ones with questionable pedigrees or registries...and If I can live and be happy under such high standards...then others can at least do as much...or dont do it peroid...all others are just back yard breeders or mills in my eye sight...I dont just put 2 dogs of same or marketable breed together...each breeding is analysed and done so with a scientific approach...so...if you dont like to read my opinion...please skip over them..but by God I have the right to tell it..and If you want to think me rude because i stand nose to nose with any one for the sake and the soul of a creature who is until now voiceless, so be it..but its about time some one stand up for them..I may not do rescue and fostering any more..but I will never stop fighting for them... huron over and out..
I considered breeding Riley, but had him neutered for a few reasons. One being there are just way too many dogs in this world already waiting for a home. Two, I couldn't handle him humping everything, even the air, lol. When he tried to mate with my friends papillon that was in heat, I said that's enough.
It also scares me to death to breed after a bad experience I had with my friends kittens. They came too early and most were deformed and died. It was terrible. Never want to go through taht again.
I do not breed as of yet, I will later on if a few things happen. if addie does well and shows tempermental defects or health, non, zero, nada. I will try find a male, with same standard. the male will have to have pack drive, prey drive and food drive up the wazoo. then i will find prospective buyers. then i will breed. taking one male and selling the pups for the standard 1000.00. the sire will get 1 dog or a 1000.00. and for a mal on hips anything below good from ofa will not be breed. the owners will sign a simple contract, that the offsprings hips will be made public at the age of 2 on ofa'a website. It is not about me, or the buyers. it is about the dogs, puppies and future of the breed i love. I will not sell to trainers who, use force.
I don't require it Riley, but the dog must do well or must be rated well by others in the breed and must have the ability to finish.
Part of the process is knowing hte breed, knowing your dogs, and having other swho know the breed and can rate your dogs. However, its easy to fall into a"my concept is right" idea and feel your dogs are perfect. Its a very touch and go situation some dogs I would wait, some would not and sometimes the time is just correct, titles or not,
I'm not a breeder nor will I ever be...if I was, I wouldn't post it here as you can get slammed big time if you are a breeder and not using Champion dogs.
I see some of the people that replied are "hobby" breeders. My hats off to those that didn't jump all over them for that. It is a big surprise.
It seems that the only way it is acceptable to breed here is if you have Champions and are into showing your dogs or else you are just a byb. But, at the same time, I see that some of the expert breeders, don't claim to have Champion blood lines...interesting.
These topics seem to pop up from time to time and I think it is just to get some arguments going...this should be interesting to watch as it progresses.
I'm not a breeder. "All" my pets are spayed & nutered and when a charity case comes along that I feel obligated to rescue I spay & nuter it before I rehome it.
My husband has Coondogs that are very selevtively breed and all the pups have new owners before the breeding even takes place. But he is not a professional breeder, it is part of his sport/hobbie and has only been the stud so far and not the bitch owner.(Thank goodness=it could prove to costly!)