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What You Need To Know About Becoming A Dog Breeder

Apr 8, 2008
If you want to become a dog breeder, there are several things you must know first. There are so many bad breeders out there; they are just in it for the money and not for the love of the animal or the breed.

In addition, the number one killer of dogs in the United States is not abuse or neglect or even car accidents, it euthanasia from over crowding at the animal shelters because people don't take the time to spay and neuter their pets. It's a hard, sad fact that these animals are being killed simply because no one wanted them.

If you want to become a dog breeder, make sure you are going to be selling your new puppies to responsible individuals or families who are going to spay or neuter them if they are not going to set up their own breeder business and if they are, beware.

Becoming a dog breeder is not as easy as setting up some kennels and picking out a boy and girl dog and letting them get to work. You must first purchase a registered male and female dog from a reputable breeder, making sure the puppies are not related because that can cause problems like deformities and psychological problems in their puppies. You might want to choose a different breeder for each puppy. Then wait until they are old enough to have babies, over ten months to a year is a good age to start. Younger than that is too soon.

While waiting for your puppies to grow up, you can be getting the kennel area ready or you could have a 'no kennel' and raise the puppies with your family. There are several people who raise puppies without kennels and people who purchase these puppies appreciate that the puppies were not staying in kennels.

There are other breeders who leave their dogs and puppies in kennels and those are the ones who run the 'puppy mills' you hear about on the news. They can't possibly care for all the dogs or animals they have and none of them receive any love so how could they possibly be released to a loving home when all they've known is survival?

If you do set up a kennel or cage system, make sure the dogs have enough room to walk around and sleep comfortable in it. And take them out at least two to three times a day for walking and exercise, allow them to run around, off leash so they can play and be free for a while. Make sure the kennels are kept clean of poop and pee and they are feed on a regular schedule. Do not leave them caged all the time, they will become angry and sad and they could stop producing puppies for you and you will end up with old dogs that do not make you any money.

Keep both the mother and father dogs and all puppies current on shots and worming and flea treatments. This will keep your dogs healthy and happy and will show that you care about your animals. Keep excellent records for your puppies new owners and if you don't use kennels, advertise this. If you do use kennels, make sure they are clean and kept within the regulation sizes and that the dogs and puppies are allowed to leave them often.
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Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about Dogs and Dog News.
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