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Donít Breed Without Giving It a Great Deal of Thought


Breeding is an enormous responsibility.  You need to seriously consider why you want to breed before you take the first step in breeding.  To breed just because you like the breed, your family would like a puppy, you believe your dog to be an outstanding specimen of the breed and the gene pool should be carried on, you want to experience birthing a litter of puppies, or, you want to send your children to college are all the wrong reasons to breed!

The most reputable, serious breeders breed for a specific, intended purpose.  They spend a lot of time researching ways to improve, NOT to make money!

You must have facilities for keeping and separating puppies that are not sold by the age of eight weeks.  Otherwise, they develop pack personalities and rarely are good pets unless you devote a lot of time toward properly socializing them.  By properly socializing I mean, socialization with other people outside of your family, and a lot of individual attention on your part.  Unless you are devoted specifically to the sport of dogs and have no other job, you may find this impossible.  You must have a market for your puppies.  Advertising in the newspaper is NOT acceptable in my opinion.

Should you decide that breeding is for you, work with an ethical, conscientious, and reputable breeder who will assist you in puppy placement.  Most of the time, the stud owner will be happy to pass referrals your way since you've used their stud dog.  The more educated public will buy a puppy from a reputable breeder.  Remember, good quality puppies are easier to sell.

The following expenses should be considered:

Stud fees to a top producing stud will cost minimally $900-$1500 nationally, and possibly double if you breed to a dog internationally campaigned.  Additional considerations are the cost of high quality food, extra food, equipment, health checks and veterinary costs, vaccinations, worming, extra expenses during pregnancy, time and expenses of whelping the litter, time off work if something goes wrong, veterinary expenses if the puppies require extra attention, potential problems with dissatisfied customers.  Are you prepared to take the puppy back, or provide a suitable replacement if something goes wrong?  Iíve merely scratched the surface with minimal expenses.  If you progesterone test to determine the optimal time for breeding, frozen or chilled semen, semen analysis, artificial inseminations, ultrasound to confirm pregnancy, uterine contraction and heart Doppler monitoring, and expenses for a reproductive specialist, you have a LOT of money tied up before youíve sold the first puppy.  Keep in mind that administrative expenses are involved as well - shipping and postage for semen, long distance phone calls, and, you still havenít paid yourself for all your time!!

Please take time to research pedigrees or talk to your breeder for stud dog references. You also need to address health issues, genetic concerns, temperament, soundness and appearance before breeding your dog. I would like to emphasize genetic concerns because of the diseases and problems common to your breed.

Just because you might consider breeding to a registered dog, doesnít mean a whole lot.  It confers no merit of itself.  It only means that the dogís parentage is known.  Most registries do not make assertions of quality in the dogs they register.  Therefore, there is no guarantee of specimen quality.  An investment in the best quality dog will be less expensive in the long run. 

McNeil Labradors
Statesville, NC 28677

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Last Updated:  January 29, 2008

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