There are various reasons why dog breeding is such a popular source of income around the world; many get into it just simply because they love animals, others because there are huge profits to be made from pedigrees. Becoming a dog breeder is a tough process, but if done right there can be some pretty fantastic rewards. If you want to make money breeding dogs, the way it should be done, then read on for our definitive guide.
Picking the dogs
To become a breeder, you will need a healthy bitch that is between the ages of 2 and 7 years old. Those with a real passion for animals will buy a pedigree puppy, rear it themselves and then begin breeding when she reaches 2. Others may just opt to buy a pedigree bitch that has already matured enough to begin mating. It is then your decision as to whether you want to stud a male dog of your own or find a stud for hire. Whichever option you go for, always ensure that your stud is in optimum condition, healthy, has no history of illnesses and is pure pedigree.
Caring for your pregnant bitch
Once you have chosen a stud and the two dogs have mated a few times, it won’t be long before your bitch is pregnant. During the gestation period, it is vital that your bitch is well looked after and has plenty of care and attention. Frequent visits to the vet may be in order, so always keep track of costs. The average time before a dog gives birth is between 59-63 days. If it is your first time then it is wise to keep the vet’s number nearby for when your pooch starts to give birth; just in case of complications. Keeping your bitch stress free and well looked after will ensure happy and healthy puppies.
Rearing the puppies
You now have 7 to 8 weeks of pure puppy heaven! The newborn pups will rely heavily on their mother for the first few weeks, before becoming more adventurous and desperate to explore. Make sure that they have their own space that other animals cannot invade. Many veterinary practices offer free puppy checkups which include weighing and health checks. Take advantage of these! You will need to make sure your puppies are growing at the right speed, and that there are no health issues.
Selling the puppies
By around 5-6 weeks many dog breeders start thinking about where they want to sell their puppies. Professional dog breeders will use every avenue available to them, from newspapers to specific websites where you can advertise puppies for sale. Remember, the pups cannot leave their mother until they are at least 7 to 8 weeks old, but it is always worth advertising so that potential new owners can come and have a look. When you work out a price for puppies make sure you factor in all of the costs you have incurred including vets bills, food, grooming, deworming and defleaing.
There can be big profits in breeding dogs, but this shouldn’t be the main reason you become a breeder. The most successful dog breeders in the industry have a real love for their animals and treat them with the utmost care. Look after your dogs well, and the profits will soon roll in.