Hey everyone, I know you all are like dog pros! :-) Well, i'm not...not yet at least that's why I have joined up. I hope I can learn a thing or two from all of you that know so much. I'm 16 years old and I breed Maltese dogs for a living. I am learning so much and hope to learn so much more from you all! Thanks so much!
I hope you research your bloodlines of your males and females to make sure that they are a credit to the breed, not just something you picked up. Also, what health testing have you done? What registries are you with? Remember, some registries are better and more respected than others.
Also, as a breeder, I can tell you that it would be difficult earning a living off of breeding dogs. There is a lot of time and expense put in to it before your first litter sells. Most of the breeders that I know personally have a regular 9-5 type job, and breed dogs as a side venture.
Finnish High School. Go to college, and then look in to breeding.
Beautiful new babies. Mama and all are doing well.
Thanks everyone for your advice! :-) You see, the reason I do this is becuase I am entrepreneur. I want to learn life skills while I am young and not wait till I'm done with High School or college. I am a homeschooler and currently own three running businesses. Yes I still live at home and yes I don't have a need to earn a living but is there a problem with making money at the age of 16? I don't think so. My goal is to have owned at least 5 businesses by the age of 18 and to be able to buy a home at the age of 21 without getting in dept. I mean wouldn't any of you have liked to be like this at 16? And I'm not saying that any of you are wrong but, this is just what I believe in and do in my own personal life. :-)I think we would benifit a lot more if the young poeple of today did this more often. Could you imagine if every 16 year old owned just 1 business and every 18 year old had owed at least 3 businesses in there life and every 21 year old bought their first home without getting in dept? I think it makes a lot of since but poeple are poeple and everyone is entitled to his or hers own oppinion. :-) Thanks again!
Hi and welcome to the forum. At 16 I had a job. Didn't NEED a job, but I had one. Personally my advice to you would be to not be in so much of a rush to grow up. Enjoy your youth, hang out with your friends. You will only be this age once in your life and this life is not a practice run, this is it, the only chance you get. There will be plenty of time to own businesses and homes when you are older =)
Now that I own my on home at 35, and I have 2 hobby buisnesses, and one full time job. NO I would not wanted to have done all that at 16yrs. I loved being a teenager, and had few friends. I had my barn buddies as I owned a horse, and my school buddies. I didn't party, but we all went out to pool halls, bowling, etc. I would have never wanted to be bogged down with the responsibilites I have now. I even joined the traveling carnival for a year after finishing grooming school. I had the time of my life, and wouldn't have changed a thing.
I could never imagine not being able to do those things, and having to take care of my home, hobbies, etc. BE a kid, and enjoy it. Once you are done, time flys and isn't as much fun.
Well... my advice is to always follow ur dream or goal. If you wanna breed puppies and dogs for a living, than do it. Also, I'm concered about my MAJOR question too. It is titled: Is it normal? How do I Stop It?
Never quit on your dog or puppy, even if they are a little naughty.
No, I don't think it is necessarily a good thing to have every 18 year old to have owned 3 businesses. Why not own just one business and stick with it until it grows to be successful? (I am nearly three times your age and have never owned my own business, and I think that's ok, too. It depends on what you want to do with your professional life.)
And, no, I don't think it's necessary (or desirable) to have all 21 year olds buy a home -- even while staying out of "dept." If you are the entrepreneur that you claim to be, you'll likely find that you don't want your capital tied up in non-liquid assets.
Oh, never mind. Not worth trying to explain some things to someone who obviously has everything figured out....
I am not here to argue with anyone. And like I said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I have fun doing what I do; no one on earth is forcing me to do it. If other kids can make choices to play during their teen years (and I'm not saying that I don't) certainly I can choose to prepare for my future while still a teenager. This might not neccesarily be for everyone, but I was just asking for all of your support and opinion on my dog breeding, not my personal life. I didn't know this was going to turn personal here - if so, I'm sure there's a whole lot of things we could go personal about and discuss in detail. However, I doubt that any of you are up for such pointless conversation on a dog breeding forum, so I concede my argument in hopes that we can come up with more professional discussion. Thanks so much.
Hello and welcome! It is great IMO that your are so driven to do something with your life above and beyond a fast food career. While I do believ more kids should have half the ambition you do, I hope the dog breeding is not one of your 'businesses'
When done properly, breeding dogs is not a profitable venture. There is more money put into purchasing top quality dogs, health testing ( I am speaking gentic testing here, not an okay from your hometowm vet) Alot of money is out into proper care and nutrition, vet checks, etc of mom while in whelp, then the several vet visits incurred with just a normal litter that when it comes time to sell puppies, you all but break even most times.
I hope you are putting alot of thought and work into the puppies you raise as you do the other areas of your life. Its more serious than just putting two dogs together simply because they are the same breed. Alot of background research and breed experience goes along with it.
Since this deals with living beings that can become ill, have gentic defects and life threatening issues...it should not be taken lightly. Is this something your parents are involved in with you?
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.