I'm thinking about breeding my puppy when she's two, but I want to make sure I'm ready. Does anyone have any suggestions of books that I can read, websites ect. ? I'm going to get the book "The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies" Book by Muriel P. Lee b/c it seems like a good book about whelping. I have a friend who breeds Labs so I'm going to see if she will help me but any suggestions about books or something would be greatly appreciated!!
You can google alot of stuff on the internet also. It's cheaper then the books. If you can find someone who breeds/shows eskies as a mentor that would be the best. they could give you insight on what kind if any problems they may have whelping. Talk to your vet, and seek as people in the breed as you can to ask questions. Yahoogroups.com has alot of email groups that people make, I do belive you have to have a yahoo email address, but it is definatly worth the look. good luck.
If the breeders you got her from didn't even give you that kind of information then it is likely that she is not a good prospect for breeding although she is pretty. I won't say anymore then that though because people that intend to breed just for pets or just one time before they get their girl spayed and things like that are usually offended when they're told their animal is porbably not a good prospect for breeding. Good luck and i hope you do continue to research the subject before you proceed. I got the Dog Breeding For Dummies from my local library, you should see if yours has it or any others on the subject. The previous poster also mentioned the internet, and yes that is an endless source of information. I googled for 100's of hours when i was learning about breeding.
Since it will be sometime before you baby is two, you should take full avantage of that time to reserch and learn. I would attend as many local dog shows as you can. Learn about the breed, and plan to show your female. This is a good test for a new person to learn if there dog is of breeding quality. Also a good way to meet those already involved in the breed. You can also check out the parent club for your breed. They can give you the insite you need regarding genetic health and overall breeding soundness. I am sure there are health screenings that need to be done prior to breeding. A mentor is worth there weight in gold. My favorite book is called "Breeding a Litter" by Beth J. Finder Harris. I bought my 4th copy off Amazon for $4.00. I keep giving mine away to those I have mentored in my breed in the past.
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Lovebug - The people I got her from have been breeding for years, but are getting up there in age (no offense...lol) and I admit I was really excited about getting a puppy so I didn't ask the questions that I should have. I'm not saying that they shouldn't have told me what type she was, but it wasn't all their fault :) Although now that I think about it I think my dad told me that her breeders said she was the middle type (miniature) but when I saw her mom she looked taller then a mini. I'm not very good at measuring inches w/out a ruler or something, but she just looked taller to me then 12-15 in. I guess I'll have to wait until shes full grown to tell what type she is.
I'm going to put her in agility classes and hopefully show her sometime. I'd like to show her in obedience and agility. She's already doing soo well w/ training, shes already got the potty training down, sit, down, come, wait, stay, drop it (sorta), leave it, and circle. I love bragging about her ;)
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Obedience and agility aren't the type of shows that determine breed standard, which is what you need to look into if you are serious about becoming a professional and responsible breeder.
Its a very expensive and lengthy ordeal. Some good breeders only breed after they've won many breed confirmation titles and will look for an equal counterpart for their dog...not to mention all the health testing that needs to be performed on both parents, to ensure the best possible breeding stock, to put it simply....
Good breeder = someone who breeds purebreds for a purpose (such as work, for example), and aims to produce the best of the best in terms of temperament, health, and general standard of that specific breed. Its for the betterment of the breed, and not for the money.
Any of the members who breed Boston's will get a good chuckle about my first breeding book...The Boston Terrier And All About It. by Edward Axtell!! It was first printed in 1910. Since then, I've read many others, but Mr. Axtell's advice was the first, and I still adhere to a lot of it.