Should owners breed from their dog at home?
Many owners find their dogs so loving and rewarding that they feel they want to breed from them. There are however many important things they need to consider beforehand.
We’ve all had good and bad experiences of breeders - many are extremely knowledgeable and will have the best interest of their animals at heart. For the typical ‘home breeder’ though, all too often the pros and cons of breeding haven’t been fully thought through.
At Burgess Pet Care, we don’t promote the concept of home breeding, but we do feel that if someone feels the need to pursue this challenge, then we want them to have the knowledge and understanding to make the breeding process a success. Animal welfare is critical and we try our best to promote and prioritise it.
With this in mind, we have created a ‘Breeders Club’ accessed via the Burgess Pet Care website. It’s packed with useful information for the new ‘home breeder’, and if they register their email address with us, they’ll get weekly updates and guides throughout their pet’s pregnancy, helping and guiding them throughout the process.
Responsible breeding – 10 essential considerations
Responsible breeders take lifetime responsibility for the animals they have bred. They will have considered all the pros and cons of breeding, and will take the time and effort to educate owners as well as provide follow-up support. Below is a list of some of the things home breeders should consider.
- Time– they need to make sure they have the time to look after the puppies for a minimum of 8 weeks, and often longer if it takes a while to find good homes.
- Take back rule – all breeders should be prepared to accept unwanted and rejected puppies back if the first home doesn’t work out.
- Health screening – they should be aware of inheritable diseases in their breed, making sure they don’t breed from animals suffering from known genetic conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia.
- Genetic knowledge – all breeders should have a practical working knowledge of genetics and avoid inbreeding.
- Health knowledge – it’s vital they have a thorough understanding of the health needs of the mother and puppy. Worming, vaccinations and diet are just the start.
- Socialising – it’s important breeders should understand the needs of socialising adults and young puppies to prevent unwanted undesirable behaviour. A policy of not breeding from aggressive animals is important.
- Limit numbers – a responsible home breeder should never keep more dogs than they can provide for. They need the highest level of care, including top quality food, clean water, shelter, exercise and veterinary care.
- Health of the bitch – home breeders must be aware of the mother’s age and general health. They must not breed from extremely young or old animals.
- Education – good breeders will need to provide accurate and reliable health, vaccination and pedigree information. They should also offer guidance and support to new owners.
- Money – nobody should consider breeding if they can’t afford to cover all aspects of breeding. There can be all sorts of costs including stud fees, vet bills (caesarians!), vaccinations and worming courses. Insurance is also essential.
If you meet someone thinking about breeding from their puppy, why not suggest they register with our ‘Breeders Club’ to take full advantage of what we have to offer.
Breeders Club Links