Preparation for dog breeding
Dog breeding is not easy. Although it can be fun, a lot of work is involved in ensuring that the process goes smoothly, with the end result being the creation of quality puppies that go to good home. Learn about the many things you need to consider when making the decision to breed your purebred dog at preparing for dog breeding.
Finding a mate
Most humans are choosy about their mates, and you should act the same way when choosing one for your dog. A close look at a prospective mate’s pedigree and bloodline will help you identify any factors that could positively or negatively affect the quality of the puppies. Finding dog mates goes into the details in on what qualities you should look for.
The puppies’ appearance and behavior will be determined by the DNA of their mother and father. Genetics can be a complex topic, but it helps to have a basic knowledge of it so you can avoid health problems and produce puppies that have the lowest number of flaws possible. Use the genetics of dog breeding to understand what happens and make the right choices.
Pre-breeding health checks for your dog
Optimum health is extremely important when mating dogs. Health tests will determine if the male or female have any genetic problems that can be passed down to the puppies. In addition, infections and sexually transmitted diseases can be passed from the male to the female and potentially cause abortion of the litter. Find out how to ensure the health of your litter at pre-breeding health checks for dogs.
When you find the perfect stud for your female dog, make sure a contract is in place. You will need to know what to expect during the actual mating process and what the stud’s owner is seeking for payment. Go to dog stud contacts to learn what the contract should include to avoid potential disputes.
It is increasingly practical to avoid stud contracts and open a lot more breeding possibilities by dog breeding through artificial insemination. While this makes it cheaper and easier to breed to a stud regardless of location, smaller litters and the increased risk of breeding mistakes also need to be taken into account.
The mating process
When your dog reaches the right moment in her heat cycle, she is ready to breed. The mating process is a bit different for dogs than it is for humans. There are several factors that determine how well the process will go. Dog mating process covers everything in detail.
How to handle pregnancy
Dogs are pregnant for about nine weeks. Pregnancy can be detected through various methods at different stages. Dog pregnancy will take you through the steps for proper care for the mother-to-be during this time.
What to do at birth
The birth of the puppies can be exciting, but also nerve-wracking, especially if the female is a first-time mother. Be prepared for the birth and know what to do. Go to dog birthing process to learn what supplies you need and how you can help the mother prepare for this moment.
Registering the puppy litter with the AKC is an important step that needs to be completed after the birth. AKC registration not only shows dog owners that you are a responsible breeder, but it also opens up many doors to attend and participate in dog-related events and activities. The process will be much easier once you read the following guide on AKC registration.
Tips for good puppy care
Although most of the puppy care in the first several weeks is done by the mother, frequent monitoring needs to be performed, as problems do occur. Learn about what signs indicate good health and when you should be concerned in the following puppy care guide.
When the puppies reach three weeks of age, the weaning process generally begins. It is a gradual process that can last a few weeks. Puppy weaning explains this process and how to go about doing it correctly to avoid health and social problems.
Finding homes for the puppies
After the pups have been weaned, it is time to find them new homes. Finding homes for puppies covers how to advertise your litter and evaluate potential puppy owners to ensure they are a good fit for dog ownership.