How to prepare to breed your dog

Dog breeding information: the decision about breeding is a big one. The pet population is already tremendous. Learn what you should consider.


The pet population is already running out of control.

Millions of pets reside just in the United States, and there aren’t enough families for all of them to live well. That’s why you need to think carefully about whether you’re actually going to go through with breeding your dog.

Breeding is a very serious issue, and if you decide not to do it with your pet, you probably should get your dog spayed or neutered. That will prevent unwanted pregnancies and keep the pet population under control.

You should first consider why you’d be breeding your dog. Think hard about this. If you are breeding your dog because it’s a fine specimen with a good demeanor, you want to make sure you’ll have plenty of people to take the puppies once they’re bred. If you feel obligated to continue the ancestral line, you need to take the necessary precautions. You don’t want to end up in a situation in which you’ll be handing some of the puppies to a kennel or a pound, or giving them away for free to unscreened or negligent owners.

Another good reason to breed your dog is if you have a championship caliber pet and want to continue the blood line. If this is the case, you need to carefully consider which mate you use, to best continue the line. This is a major decision and needs to be handled carefully.

Potential breeders need to fully understand genetics and how those genetics apply to their dogs pairing.  For example, did you know that breeding together two dogs of the wrong color and breed can result in blind and mentally retarded puppies?  Many dogs, both purebred and not, carry the genetic potential for severe deformities in their hips, hearts, or other areas.  The condition might be minor in your dog, but if your dog is paired with another dog with the same unseeable problems, the puppies from their union can manifest the problem to a much harsher degree.  If you don't know exactly what genes your dog could carry that can result in disasterous outcomes, you should not be breeding your dog.

If you’d simply be breeding your dogs to make money for yourself, chances are that you’re doing it for the wrong reason. That doesn’t always work, and it may be more trouble than it’s worth. Getting the proper tests and vet checks for the parents and puppies alone is more money than you can reasonably expect to make selling puppies for the first time.  You’ll have to not only help the mother through pregnancy and the birthing process, but you’ll also have to take care of the puppies through the first weeks of their lives and decide what to do with them if you can’t sell them. You may not make much money in this process. So if that’s your goal, think hard about it before going through with it.