Wondering how to outsmart the competition and up your dog breeding game?
Looking to build your reputation and profile within the dog breeding scene?
Want to learn how to breed dogs with good temperaments, excellent health and highly desired breed type?
Be warned, what you read here are some of the most highly regarded dog-breeding 'trade secrets' that will set you on the path to ultimate breeding success.
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Learning to breed dogs responsibly and successfully requires education, practical experience, and mentorship. Here are a few steps to get you started…
Research Dog Breeding
Start by acquiring a solid understanding of dog breeding principles, practices, and responsibilities. Read plenty of books, articles, and reputable online resources to learn about breed standards, genetics, reproductive physiology, prenatal care, neonatal care, and the ethical considerations involved in breeding.
Two great books to get you up to speed with the best practice of dog breeding principles are 'Doggy Style' and 'Not Born Yesterday', authored by me - Sara Lamont.
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Join Breed Clubs and Organisations
Get involved with reputable breed clubs and organisations specific to the breed you are interested in. These groups provide a wealth of knowledge, mentorship opportunities, and access to experienced breeders who can guide you on breed-specific practices. Participate in breed events, such as dog shows, trials, and seminars, to learn more about the breed and network with other knowledgeable breeders.
Contact relevant clubs registered with the Kennel Club's 'Find a Club' search facility at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/search/find-a-club.
Find experienced and reputable breeders willing to mentor and guide you on your breeding journey. Establish a relationship with them, observe their practices, and learn from their expertise. They can provide invaluable insights into breed-specific considerations, health testing, pedigrees, and breeding strategies. Mentorship is especially valuable in gaining practical knowledge and understanding the nuances of responsible breeding.
The Very Important Breeders Winners' Circle is a great place to join like-minded and knowledgeable breeders. Here you'll regularly have the opportunity to engage in breeding-related teleclasses, webinars and Q&A sessions. Along with printed and posted Newsletters and unlimited access to resources within the Home Breeders Hub and community forum.
Attend Breeding and Canine Health Workshops
Look for workshops, seminars, and courses on dog breeding and canine health. Specialists, veterinary professionals, experienced breeders, or reputable organisations often conduct these educational programmes. They often cover reproductive health, prenatal care, neonatal care, genetic testing, and responsible breeding practices.
The Kennel Club provides many educational seminars run by clubs and societies to educate dog enthusiasts. You can use the online search facility at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/events-and-activities/seminar-diary to find suitable workshops.
Gain Practical Experience
Seek opportunities to gain hands-on experience with dogs and puppies. This can include volunteering at your local vet practice, animal shelters, and charities. Consider assisting experienced breeders during whelping and puppy care or participating in dog-related activities like obedience training or dog sports. Practical experience allows you to learn about the day-to-day responsibilities of breeding, the proper care of breeding dogs, and the challenges that may arise during the breeding process.
Consult with Pet Professionals
Establish a relationship with a wide range of individuals passionate about working with animals to gain a holistic observation of dogs. When you can even try connecting with individuals with knowledge of breeding elements to learn more about health and reproduction. Consider contacting Groomers, Walkers, Trainers, Behaviourists, Therapists, Nutritionists, Doggy Daycares or Boarding Kennels, Dog Field owners, Pet Food and Accessories Suppliers, Photographers, Sitters or Transporters.
Reproduction Specialists, Vets, Dog Breeders, Stud Owners and Puppy Whelpers can guide you on pre-breeding health checks, genetic testing, and reproductive evaluations and advise on optimal breeding timings and techniques. Collaborating with knowledgeable and trustworthy specialists ensures your breeding dogs' (and their offspring's) health and well-being.
Need more advice?
Remember that responsible dog breeding involves a commitment to breed standards, genetic health, and the dogs' welfare. It's essential to prioritise the health and temperament of the dogs, promote genetic diversity, and breed responsibly, contributing positively to the breed and dog community.
If you want more support and advice during your breeding journey, join the Canine Family Planner's Very Important Breeder Winner's Circle membership. Dog owners in the VIB's Winner Circle are a tight-knit community of like-minded breeders who desire access to world-class resources within a private and safe environment. It's the only place you can access me and my 23 years of experience, covering every aspect of dog breeding, pregnancies, and puppy rearing.