August 30, 2010

Breeding Your Dog

Filed under: breeders — Dr. Amber Reed @ 8:44 am

From time to time, dog owners decide they would like to breed their dog.  Whether they want to get another pup just like the one they already have, or they’re looking to teach their children about the birds and the bees, you should not enter into the decision to breed your dog lightly.  Even if you are breeding your dog to try to make money, it is important to realize that you might breed the cutest puppies yet still struggle to find homes for them.  In fact, there are a wide range of good reasons you should not breed your dog.

First of all, you have no actual control over the temperament or appearance of new puppies.  Like in all breeding situations, the traits of the puppies will reflect a mixture of their parents’ traits good or bad.  Even in situations where dogs have been cloned, the temperament of the new dogs cannot be controlled as environmental factors come into play at every biological level.  If you are looking to find a similar dog to the one you already have, there is no guarantee that you will succeed.

Moreover, as a money making venture, the costs of breeding often exceed the profits of selling puppies.  Plus, when you take into account things like vaccinations for new puppies, maternal health care, and the possibility for difficult pregnancies, the costs can be quite steep.  Most importantly however, is finding homes for puppies.  There are numerous happy, healthy dogs available at pet shelters that often cost very little for a family looking for a dog.  In fact, hundreds of dogs are destroyed in North America every day because they have no home.  Indeed, breeding is a difficult and costly process that can rarely be justified.  As such, you should seriously consider the decision to breed your dog and the associated challenges before proceeding.

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