Dog Breeding Beginner — What You First Must Know!
By Ann Born
If you are fond of one particular breed of dog and you are a dog-breeding beginner, you might wish to consider committing to the improvement of your favorite breed. Usually this involves working with a particular bloodline and try to create specific traits for future generations.
All a dog-breeding beginner needs, as far as dogs are concerned, are one or more fertile female dogs. But a good dog breeder, even a beginner, will naturally avoid dogs that have any major flaws. While it is not unusual for breeders to want their dogs to win championships and raise the value of future puppies, the chance for the breeder to network with people knowledgeable about the breed is more important. As your network widens, the chances of meeting another exhibitor having a dog that has traits that you are looking for to improve your dogs lineage. So you might get the opportunity to breed the two dogs and get top quality puppies.
Dog-breeding beginners who are seriously intend to breed dogs for many years, should choose a kennel name and register it with the American Kennel Club. You can choose the name of one of your puppies as the kennel name.
Get a kennel permit even if your state does not require it. A permit will be needed eventually and as the number of dogs increases, the neighbors could object and create problems later on. Get a permit as soon as you get the first dog or puppy.
The first breeding of a female dog should take place with a male dog belonging to an experienced breeder. Dogs do not fall in love at first sight and remain in heat only for a few days. Experienced breeders know how to introduce dogs and how to help them breed successfully.
Take the dog to the veterinarian for at least one prenatal visit after breeding is complete. Usually the vet or an x-ray can tell how many puppies may be expected. Collect all information related to birthing from the vet and be prepared because some dogs must deliver by C-section. Remember to make note of all prenatal vitamins to ensure the dog’s good health.
Prepare a quiet spot for the dog as the delivery day approaches. Some of the items to kept handy are: whelping box, clean rags, heating pad. Also keep the vet’s emergency number within reach. Either purchase a whelping box or make one, as it is easy. Be sure to put a small ledge in the box in order to avoid the accidental crushing of the puppies after delivery.
The hardest part comes after the delivery when you realize that those adorable little puppies will soon have to be sent to new homes of their own.
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