areyougolden said: I saw that ask about german sheperds and so I was just wondering what type of dog would be good for first time breeders?
I don’t know enough about breeding to answer that question, but one of my followers might.
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend evoking a breeder to almost anyone. It takes a very special kind of person to want to/be able to spend tons of their money and time on pups. The initial cost of creating a good foundation is huge. And you need to make some great contacts first to be able to communicate and get advice from some experiences breeders.
You’ll rarely break even on raising a litter, you’ll often lose money. So you have to be in it for the love of the breed. Be prepared to pay for health checks on all prospective breeding pairs, and pups. Be prepared to hand-raise any pups that don’t thrive. Also be mentally prepared to lose pups, and sometimes birthing mothers. That’s the hardest part about breeding any animal.
You also have to be quite experienced with R+ training (the only way to go, really) so has to raise well socialized pups that are receptive to learning new behaviors.
You also have to be decently well-versed in genetics because you’ll have to understand how traits are passed down from generation to generation. And you absolutely Must be breeding for the betterment of the breed. That means health and temperament first, before looks. Who cares if your line wins BIS if they get bad hips by the time they’re 4.
Personally, I don’t recommend breeding unless you’ve done a few years of research and saving up for a great foundation first. And if you’ve done that, then you’ll be able to tell what sort of breeds you’d want to get into. If you don’t have any clue what breed to go for, you’re a long long way off from being even remotely ready.
And there we have it! Thank you for the response, petcentralstation! This is some excellent advice.
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