With so many dog breeds to choose from, having to decide to sell or breed is not easy.
Most dog breeders and enthusiasts have been around a while, but some may have to become new breeders if their current kennel is too large.
For many, it’s a full-time, involved job where they care for their dogs and work full time.
However, dog breeding and the associated operations can be lucrative, with dogs that are expected to fetch very high prices in the marketplace.
As is true for any hobby, it’s important to know the right information and what it takes to succeed as a dog breeder.
Having a good idea of the various aspects of what is involved in dog breeding will help you make a wise decision about whether or not you want to get into the business.
Finding a quality dog breeder
Because it’s a difficult career, you want a good breeder. To find a good dog breeder, you should do your research.
Many websites provide good information.
Breeders and their associates, although usually listed as being commercial breeders, can also be very caring dog owners and enthusiasts.
Many times, these breeders just want to help a lot of dogs find good homes.
If you want to have a good breeder, you’ll want to find one with a good reputation. You should make sure the breeder is not a commercial breeder and has a “dossier”.
In other words, you should make sure the breeder has a breeding program for the specific dog breed you’re interested in.
The best breeders are familiar with all of the different dog breeds, which is an important point when considering a new breeder.
Furthermore, you’ll want to know that the breeder is experienced in breeding for various gene types and in showing.
In the end, a quality dog breeder can help you keep your dog, but if they don’t breed for all the right genes, your puppy might be a liability.
How long do puppies stay with their owners?
Puppies are raised very carefully, so it’s important to know how long your puppy will stay with you.
At first, you’ll probably be keeping your puppy at the breeder’s facility. It will be a few weeks before you bring your puppy home.
Some breeds of puppies need to stay with their mothers for several weeks to wean them.
The longer your puppy is with you, the better. You’ll want your puppy to bond with you.
The breeder may advise against allowing your puppy to stay with you in the house until he is about six to eight weeks of age since he is still too young to be left alone and you may not feel comfortable.
If you choose to have your puppy stay with you at this time, be sure to keep your puppy from playing with household items that could hurt him.
To give your dog a little more time, you may want to keep him with you in a pet-friendly boarding facility during this period. After that, you can take him home.
If you take your puppy home before he’s fully vaccinated, you’ll be subjecting your dog to great risks.
Many breeders require dogs to be fully vaccinated before they are bred. For people who are planning to breed dogs themselves, this may not be a problem.
Regardless, be sure your puppy’s vaccinations are up to date before taking him home.
When he is vaccinated, the breeder will probably give you some information about breeders who are willing to vaccinate their dogs for $35 to $45 each.
Dog breeders normally want to get as much information about their puppies as possible. They want to know everything about your puppy.
To check this out, ask your breeder to send you a copy of his or her puppy’s vital statistics.
The breeder should provide you with information about your puppy’s genetic type, how he or she was handled while in their care, and even some family information that will give you an idea of who your puppy is likely to be like.
One of the things you’ll want to look for when you adopt a dog from a breeder is a good temperament.
If your dog has the ability to bond with you, he or she will have a good temperament.
Treating the dogs
Most people understand the importance of a well-behaved, happy dog. A good dog will be a joy to live with.
You will love him or her like no other.
You want a dog that’s easy to train. A dog that is hard to train will make your life difficult.
It’s very important to be consistent in training your puppy. Make sure you practice several different training methods to see what works best with your dog.
Be careful not to become too enthusiastic in your training efforts. Train in a controlled environment with other puppies.
If your puppy is very young, you should supervise him or her while he or she is training. Be sure to follow your puppy’s directions so that he or she doesn’t make a mistake.
Some puppies can get so excited that they will jump on you or accidentally break something you need around the house. Be careful to avoid your puppy’s teeth.
Consider paying for training classes, but remember that your puppy will not learn a lot during these sessions.
Instead, he or she will learn when you take your dog to these classes. These classes will be beneficial for you, your dog, and the dog’s trainer.