Hey guys. I'm glad to be apart of this community. This is just the site I was looking for and I'm very greatful.
I've been looking to get more information about my dog's breed and I'm already finding the website helpful in that regard. I love learning more about my Min-Pin.
I'm also wanting to go the stud services route with my Miniature Pincher. First and foremost, I'd like to give him a chance to carry on his legacy with a female Min-Pin that also comes from a champion blood line. Basically, split the litter, so to give us at least one new pup (preferably a male, like him). It's really hard to talk about but I'm dreading the day that he's no longer with us, even though he has a while to live but I think it would make the family feel better if we had his son around, with his genes and some of his personality, to carry on his legacy. This dog means the world to us. He's such a character.
I also want to use him for stud services for extra income (I know that sounds shallow but times are hard right now and he's only gotten action once so I don't think he'd complain at all!) I'm also excited about the idea that it might also open doors to become a future breeder as I love dogs to death and always have.
He's a beautiful dog, everyone says he's the most beautiful Min-Pin they've ever seen. I tend to agree; I know I'm supposed to be bised, but most min-pins seem puny. He's muscular, strong but also very lean. Overall, he's very well behaved unless his senses pick up on someone who truly has bad intentions, then he barks up a storm.
Hopefully I'm not annoying you guys by asking these questions, especially if this is the wrong forum, but some questions I have, are:
In addition to the basic checkups/shots he receives from the vet, what other tests, certifications, etc. are required to use your dog for stud services/breeding? What do these tests entail? I'd imagine they would check for various diseases that could potentially spread (rabies, or sexually transmitted diseases as well as checking his sperm count?) I am totally new to this. I'm also wondering how much it could potentially cost. I'm sure it varies depending on the dog's conditions but just an approximation would do.
I am also wondering who all seeks stud dogs and what they look for in the dog? What are the typical concerns for using a stud min-pin? He comes from a champion blood line, he's very healthy (though his records need to be updated to confirm that), he has a beautiful face and stature, and he's in very good shape. That's about all I know to say at the moment. I have all of the dog's paper work from when we bought him at Petland, along with his vet records. I have a certified family tree, highlighting his champion family members, etc. The documents seem to indicate that he came from a breeder who operates a small farm where they probably take a lot of pride in breeding; not a large puppy mill.
From one dog lover (and future breeder) to another, please help me with any information you can provide on how I would go about getting involved in this, or please refer to me another site or part of this site that would help me further.
By the way, the dog is APR registered...after doing research online, it appears they aren't very reputable (but the other agencies don't seem very reputatable either. What can I look at on the pedigree (goes back 3 generations) for an indication of the quality of dogs he descended from? Or can that even be misleading? Is the "CH" before the name, short for "Champion"? (I'm hoping so lol).
Go to the Min Pin Parent Club site. They will have a list of what needs to be tested. If they don't have a list posted you can ask what testing is required by e-mail. They will let you know what problems min pins normally have and what they think should definatly be testing for and what they suggest you test for. CH does mean Champion. Also, APRI is not a great registry BUT you can send his information into AKC and they will research the pedigree - if they find that he was originally from AKC stock they will register him with AKC. It is free to send everything in to AKC and I believe they register them free too if you go that route. Having one stud probably isn't going to make you much money, if any. Do you know any breeders who are going to want to use him? Reputable breeders don't normally just pick a stud from the paper, they usually either have their own studs or have one they use through a friend or other reputable breeder. It's not a real common occurrence to get a phone call requesting your stud services (unless you have a dog in demand, meaning a Champion), you're looking at possibly one every 6 months or so and very possibly, never. I don't know how much a min pin stud fee is but I would guess definatly no more then $500 (but probably less) - I could be totally wrong though as I have no experience with the breed. The required testing will not be cheap, you are looking at anywhere from $500 - $1000 just for the required testing, maybe more. Then you also will be advertising (I'm assuming) and that is another added expense. Best of luck to you if this is something you decide to do seriously but it is a very expensive endeavor to get into if you do it correctly. Plus there is never any guarantee that you will get anyone that wants to use your dog.
There is no such thing as a small puppy farm that cares about their dogs. Esp. if they are giving them to pet stores. Since you purchase your dog from petland, I would just give up now. Heck his family tree may not even be the real bloodlines.
NO REPUTABLE breeder of any sort small or large will EVER sell to petstores, dealers, or brokers. In my opinion he should be neutered and left to be a great pet to love.
There is alot more to being of quality than looking pretty and by-passers saying how nice he is. Can you share some pictures of him? Go to photobucket.com or tinypic.com then post the link here for people view.
The registry alone is going to limit you from getting anyone with decent females to want to use him. The fact he came from Petland is a huge red flag that says nueter him and enjoy him as a great pet. If he has CH in his pedigree (if, though these are AKC dogs listed, than it does stand for CH) but I cant tell you how many times that falsified papers have been given out with puppies from pet stores, so be careful.
Stud service to a random dog from the internet is going to be few and far between. Definitely NOT a source of income. Without a show title, reputable breeders will not even consider him. You may or may not get a couple locals with unregistered or pet shop females that may want to use him.
Studding out your male, if done properly is not going to net you any income that is worth speaking of, so if that is the main motivation, I would caution you away from that.
If you are thinking of becoming a reputable show breeder in the future, you should start with nuetering this male, joining the breed club and start attending shows so that you can see what the dogs are like that are being shown, meet the breeders and begin to learn all the ins and outs of breeding.
Showing itself is very detailed in what you are trying to breed for, breeding and whelping litters is a tough endevour and takes alot of research and education prior to getting started.
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