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Question by braiiiiinz: How do you become a dog breeder?
also, those of you who are dog breeders, have you been successful? and is it a hard job?

also, anything else you want to tell me about dog breeding would be appreciated as well…

thanks!
excuse me naysa… all reputable breeders have to start somewhere… how can you judge me thinking i would be a backyard breeder that just doesn’t care about anything?

Best answer:

Answer by Naysa? **R.I.P Michael Jackson**
Job?? haahahahaha breeding is an expensive hobby not a job… BYB in the making here people!!!

Because any one really serious about breeding first and for most understand breeding is far from a job… you put way more money out then you could ever actually bring in… there for never making it a job, but a hobby.

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13 thoughts on “How do you become a dog breeder?

  1. Dont Litter Fix Your Critter says:

    It takes years and years and years of research and a lot of money.

    Reputible breeding isn’t for profit, it’s more -so a hobby.

    Now, if you aren’t planning on doing that, then don’t do it. Get a real job.

  2. Russell B says:

    If you love the breed and want to protect your puppies from crappy homes, It’s a real hard job finding the best possible homes, and then when your down to the last pup you feel guilty for having to tell one fo the two brilliant homes that have popped up that they will have to miss out, (what I’d do here is give details of the rescue place to them and contact the rescue to say you’ve sent them there and recomend them)

    honestly, join a club that has your breed of dog, get to know the breeders, and just work with them, let them have the hassles and get the benefits out of having a couple of brilliant stud dogs lol…
    that way you get the pride, to help deliver, and see them grow, but don’t get the lack of sleep, stress, and constant morons wanting puppies even after you’ve told them NO!!!

    It’d be nice to stop people breeding, but that won’t happen, but guidance training and supervision will help them make responsible decisions on their breeding plans.

    Oh. my Puppy, I could have brought two dogs for what it cost me to have her!
    the setup cost’s, the extra food (twice as much, then it increases when the pups are on solids) the running around to view homes, train people how to look after the dog properly… somebody explain to me why???!

  3. Capeanie says:

    1.NOT profitable.AT ALL.
    2.EXTREMELY hard work.Raising pups is a 24/7 job.
    3.EXTREMELY expensive.

  4. anwen55 says:

    It isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. Yes, I’ve been very successful but not in the way you probably think. Financially, it’s a disaster if you put the welfare of the dogs first, if you do all the expensive health tests before breeding, if you drive the length of the country to find the right stud dog, if you only have a couple of litters from each b1tch.
    And, of course, you use up all your holidays from your REAL job, looking after Mum & pups.

  5. Corgi Girl says:

    ~You find a breed you are passionate about and spend YEARS studying it.
    ~Find a reputable breeder to mentor you. Study what they do. Get a promising dog form them and show it until you achieve a Ch. show or working title.
    ~ get the dog health tested with OFA, CERF, pennhip, Doppler, Etc.
    ~FInd a ch. stud.
    ~Line up homes for every possible puppy.
    ~save up a couple thousand for vet bills.
    ~THEN breed.

    DO not expect to earn money, you will not.

  6. IMHO says:

    It’s not hard, but it is a lot of work. And you will need quite a bit of money to start, but you will make it back when you sell the pups.

    Buy 2 healthy females from parents who have been health tested. Make sure the parents are free from genetic defects.

    With the 2 females, make sure to get them tested for genetic defects and watch out for defects in the first 2 years. When they have reached 2 years old, after they have had their eyes, knees, hips, elbows, and heart certified healthy, you can either pay for a qualified male stud service or otherwise you would have had to buy the male with the 2 females as puppies.

    It would be best for the females and males you buy to be AKC registered. That way you will be able to register the puppies with the AKC and make more money.

    Also, it is best to only allow the females to have 2 litters in their lifetime. Anymore than that and it may be too hard on their systems. Males can mate many times. If you have 2 females, you will be able to get 4 litters altogether. The females should not be bred one heat after the other. It is best to skip a heat or two. The females nor males should be bred no younger than 2 years old and no older than 5 years old.

  7. Haile B says:

    Dog Breeding is a hard and time consuming thing to do, but im not going to be an a@# and tell you that dog breeding is wrong and inhumane because it isnt as long as you have good intentions. You dont want to become a breeder just based upon because of how much money you will make, trust me I am a former Jack Russell Terrier Breeder it is hard work, the actual breeding process, all the vet checkups for the mom, the possibility of having extra expenses in case something goes wrong with the birth process or if the mom or puppies get sick, not to mention the time consuming feeding of the puppies in case of mom abandons them, you should only breed if you can properly provide all of the necesities for a litter, but dont get me wrong either breeding is a very wonderful thing, and rewarding if you want to uphold the values and standards of the breed. I would suggest talking to a Reputable breeder in your area about what it takes and also talk to a vet about how much possible complocations that could arise, and dont let all the crazy peta lovers get to you.

  8. AbbieBorderCollie! says:

    You need years of knowledge about that particular breed, a reputable breeder will not cross breed. You need to know about health problems, checks, you SHOULD have your dogs titled. You need the top of your breed to begin a health long line. Personally, I prefer working lines (Catcleughs=Abbie). You need to ask round with other breeders face to face, know about a dog’s body, but moreover, a b*tch’s body. You need to know a hell of a lot about dog pregnancy, the signs, the symptoms. You MUST have the pups brought up and well socialized ready for the new owners. Have health checks on pups and sire and dam to begin with.

  9. Dutchman says:

    I don’t think many people actually set out to be a breeder. If you are living in that lifestyle (training dogs, showing dogs, owning a champion or top working dog), breeding kind of comes to you. If you have the right dog/s, at some point, the demand for their semen or progeny becomes overwhelming. By the time anyone reaches this point, they’re pretty knowledgeable about the dog business…they’ve been around breeding, puppies and 1st class facilities… they’ve already invested thousands of dollars to get to the point they are….and understand what it will cost to create a breeding facility (even for 1 or 2 females), the cost of medical care and so-on. My business is selling adults, but we offer puppies 3 or 4 times a year. For me, it’s pretty much all profit. The facility was paid for years ago, the stud is here, the demand for puppies is WAY more than we’ll ever produce, we don’t pay for dog food and my puppies are very expensive. We import, train, breed, sell. If I could get rid of one thing, it would be breeding. I’m sorry, but as much as I love dogs….puppies suck. Raising them correctly is too time consuming.
    So, in closing…plan on investing 10-15 years of your life and thousands of dollars. Then, “Hope” you’re successful enough to have demand for you to breed your dogs.
    Your other option ( to be strictly a breeder)…depending on your breed of choice: Spend $ 20-150K for a proven producing stud (Producer of quality…not just a producer of semen), then spend $ 100K on a few females to breed, a couple of plastic pools from Walmart, $ 30-40K for advertising, $ 30-40K to “campaign” your dogs…and BOOM…your in the breeding business!

  10. the great five star General says:

    if you want to be a dog breeder start about 5 dogs,in any place like the backyard you said earlier,and then when you successfully do that now you can start more breeding dogs,if you have so many dogs,have a place that is very good,quiet and wide places for your dogs to stay!!!

  11. Marna O says:

    The general public does not understand what a “dog breeding” is. They confuse it with “puppy producers”.

    Dog breeding is the knowledgeable, purposeful selection of breeding a male and female, both that are quality representatives of their breed, to produce a superior litter of puppies that will perpetuate the breed for future generations. Responsible breeders do not breed litters to sell the puppies. They breed with the intention of keeping a pup for themselves.

    Puppy producers are just that. They simply let 2 dogs breeds “just because” they happen to be together and sell the pups.

    The “art” of breeding dogs is not a job. It is a VERY expensive hobby.

    To “become” a breeder:

    First you have to be crazy 😉
    You fall in love with a specific breed.
    You buy books on the breed (not the $ 6.96 books, but the $ 50.00 books)
    You actually study and learn about the breed: where it came from, what it was bred to do, what it is supposed to look like, what its temperament is supposed to be, what the common health problems are…
    You go to conformation shows and see the dogs at the shows.
    You find breeders, and choose one who is willing to be your mentor.
    You join a local breed club.
    You learn about showing dogs….because the titles they win at shows (both conformation as well as obedience, rally, agility, hunting, herding, etc) will be the “proof” of their quality to pass on their genes.
    You buy a pup from your mentor, probably on a co-ownership.
    You start showing and you will find out if this is really what you want to spend your $ and extra time doing.

    After that, you buy more books, this time not just breed books, but books on genetics, medical, breeding, nutrition, training.

    You go to seminars on same.

    You spend hours sitting and visiting with breeders discussing such as:

    is a 90 degree angle truly the optimum for shoulder angulation
    what exactly is a “long blunt wedge”
    how important are oblique, deep set eyes in a herding dog
    is a level back actually supposed to be exactly level

    You learn to “read” pedigrees and memorize them

    Your vacations are not spent in San Francisco absorbing culture, or going to Napa to go wine tasting, but spent traveling in a big van or motor home with 3 dogs to a dog show 100 miles away……

    You don’t buy that cute little dress because it has no pockets for “dog bait. You don’t go out to dinner with your friends because you have to use that $ for a “doggy doolie” for your dog poop. You jeopardize your job because your female just had pups, you had to stay up all night delivering them, the mother has contracted an infection, and you need to haul the pups to work with you to tube feed them every 2-3 hours…

    gee…..I wonder why I did this for 25 years?

  12. Nerdy_but says:

    Ok how to become a dog breeder im not sure if there is an id for it but i would suggest talking to a local dog breeder you know to get tips for most people just have many of the same breed and end of having puppies and selling them therefor becoming a breeder. I would suggest breeding a popular breed or one that is not so popular because you can get ppl to start liking that breed therefor making it popular.

  13. Pixie Cut Princess says:

    yes especially if the mom has more than 3 puppies. You get a boy and a girl dog that are in heat leave them together for awhile and seperate them for acouple days. Well i was a backyard breeder 2 times in a row *cough cough purebred boxers*

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