Dogs How To

Hobby dog breeders take active role in the selection and mating of parent dogs. What a hobby breeder will look for in a breed depends on the canine qualities or characteristics they want to appear in future dog generations. Is it agility or obedience? Is it working ability? Is it a cute, furry lap dog? Dog breeding is not an easy or casual undertaking. A lot of decisions and preparations have to be done. Simply making purebreds mate will not guarantee the result one is hoping for. There are two major areas that need to be learned. One is your subject, the dog itself - its breed, genetic health, temperament, etc. The other is the science of science of canine breeding -- selecting and evaluating parent stocks, gestation period, and prenatal care, raising puppies in kennel environment. Dog breeding, after all, is not solely about getting the best stud and dams to mate, it is also about raising puppies to become the best possible dogs.

Dog Breeding Methods

In-breeding: This refers to the mating of dogs within the same blood line or closely related specimens, such as father and daughter, mother and son, brother and sister. In-breeding enhances good genes, but it also causes genetic flaws and anomalies to surface. It produces very uniform offspring and, over time, genetically impoverished ones. While this type of breeding helps in re-creating endang...


Selecting a Dog Breed

Purebred Dogs: Purebreds are developed through selective breeding in order to produce a specific traits or looks. Because they are bred from dogs with specific traits, purebreds closely resemble other dogs of the same breed. They are quite predictable in terms of physical characteristics, temperament, and even potential health problems, which make them the ideal choice for novice dog breeders. P...


Choosing a Dog

Size: Do you prefer a big dog or a small dog? Although one cannot generalize characteristics of dogs, size is often a good indicator of the kind of personality a dog has. Small-sized dogs tend to be yappy, snappy, and pure bundles of energy. They can be easily carried around in one's purse or arms. Chihuahas, Daschunds, and Poodles are some of the most popular small breeds. Big dogs make goo...


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