When can I mate my dog?

Making sure the dog is ready is the first step to successfully breeding one's dog. The rules of the thumb are (1) your dog should be at least 18 months old and (2) your dog should have gone through 2 heat cycles. Never breed your dog on her first or second heat as her eggs are still immature. As part of the breeding preparation, bring your dog to a vet to make sure she is in perfect medical...


Where can I buy a quality dog for breeding?

So you have decided to breed a dog. You've evaluated your options. You know exactly what you are looking for, and now you're ready to find your dog. There are many places to look from. Hobby breeders, casual breeders, backyard breeders, puppy mills all produce dogs. If you are looking for quality breeds, a fellow hobby breeder is the best person for the job. Some hobby breeders specializ...


What is the difference between a backyard breeder and a hobby breeder?

A backyard breeder may have some pet dogs that they deliberately breed or just allow their dogs to breed naturally. They have no clear understanding of canine genetics, health history, pedigrees, and health issues. They do are not concerned about breed standard when finding mates - any dog will do. Genetic testing is a strange concept to them. Dogs and pups are fed grocery store dog foods, not p...


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