i am thinking about breeding my boxers and pitbulls. i really love these breeds and would love to be an responsible breeder. i wouldnt sell to just anyone,i would go to the buyers house to make sure it was safe from the puppy they bought from me. i know about all the testing and im in the process of getting it done.also what would be a good price for the pups? and would it be good to sell them on a spay/neuter contract? any advice would be appreciated!
There is much more to being a reputable breeder than whom you sell your dogs to. I am not yet a breeder, I have not bred a litter. Because I am still studying on how to do it. Forums are a good place to start by asking questions, but by no means is a forum the best place to get your information from.
Some things to study;
genetics, selective breeding, natural and random selection, survival of the fittest theory, Fenotype, genotype, genetic mutation, line breeding, in breeding, outcrossing, genetic testing, Visit the CERF, PENN, and OFA web site.
And the #1 Thing to study is your breeding stock....and have someone else whom is not emotionally attached to your dogs. The reason, I say this is because of what is called kennel blindness. I have a nice bitch, her name is Addie. I think she is the best, of course I do! she is my dog! My love for Addie clouds my judgement on who she really is.
Also, really look at your motives to breed. Is it because you want to replace your current dog with one similar to it? Is it because you think pups are cute? is it because you want children to experience the miracle of birth? ?have a clear mission in mind!
My mission is to produce Malinois with stable temperment, high drive to work, Free of genetic fault, superior athleteism. In hopes to keep providing police, military, goverment agencies.
I am not interested in making pets, I want working dogs with strong bodies and clear heads. I want them to be better than thier parents were.
I also do not wish to make profit, I also do not wish to "preserve" the breed. I want to evolve the breed.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
thank you all for the advice! i am not going to breed my white boxer because we got her out of a bad situation were she was constantly used for just breeding. the man didnt care nothing about her. were going to get her spayed so she can finally have peace and rest.
does your dog have to be a certain age before you start to show them? my flashy fawn boxer just turned two,is that to old? and if i decided not to breed would neutering him be a good idea?
I agree with Gunny before you decide to breed..........Educate yourself first. Breeding is not about fun and games it is a serious time consuming and expensive hobby. To be an ethical breeder it takes alot. Be prepared.
Your boxer is not too old to show... I'd find the AKC chapter/kennel club closest to you and see if you can get into some handling classes. If nothing else, he'd be a good dog to get your feet wet with and learn. That's how I started. I had a boy I was doing Obedience with that I started taking conformation handling classes with. I learned my breed standard and decided what "type" I wanted and what my goals were for my breeding program and then I bought a "serious" show dog.
Try and find someone in the breed to help "mentor" you... it may seem silly, but having a mentor makes life SO much easier. I talk with my mentor at least 3 times a week and she's become one of my best friends... and what she's taught me and helped me with would have taken me 10 year to figure out and do by myself. :)
Learn the standards , go to shows, do health testing, do things like CGC TT or TDI. Talk to a lot of other breeders, find a mentor, learn everything you can about your dogs bloodlines and the breed in general. Pick one breed to breed not two and focus on that.Make sure you have breeding quality worthy stock before even considering breeding
No one should be breeding white boxers or any other substandard on purpose because not only does it go against the standard but they often have major health issues such as deafness.