an honest attempt to create puppies better than their parents. Ignorance is no excuse -- once you have created a life, you cannot take it back, even if blind, crippled or a canine psychopath!
Dog breeding is NOT a money making proposition, if done correctly. Health care and shots, diagnosis or problems and proof of quality, extra food, facilities, stud fees, advertising,
etc. are all costly and must be paid BEFORE the pups are sold. An unexpected Caesarean
or emergency intensive care for a sick pup will make a break-even litter become a big liability. And this is IF you can sell the pups. SALES: First time breeders have no
reputation or referrals to find buyers. Thoughts of "I want a dog just like yours," change
or evaporates. Consider the time and money spent for care of pups that may not sell until they are four months old, eight months old or more? What WOULD you do if your pups did not sell? Send them to the pound? Dump them in the country? Sell them cheap to a dog broker who may resell them to labs or other unsavory buyers? Veteran breeders with
good reputations often don't consider a breeding unless they have cash deposits in
advance for an average-sized litter.
JOY OF BIRTH
If you are doing it for the children's education, remember the whelping may be at 3 a.m.
or at the vet's on the surgery table. Even if the kiddies are present, they may get a
chance to see the birth of a monster or a mummy, or watch the bitch scream and bite you
as you attempt to deliver a pup that is half out and too large. Some bitches are not
natural mothers and either ignore or ravage their whelps. Bitches can have severe
delivery problems or even die in whelp -- pups can be born dead or with gross deformities that require euthanasia. Of course there can be joy, but if you cannot deal with the possibility of tragedy, don't start.
Veteran breeders of quality dogs state they spend over 130 hours of labor raising an average litter. That is over two hours a day, every day! The bitch CANNOT be left alone while whelping and only for short periods of time for the first few days after whelp. Be prepared for days off work and sleepless nights. Even after delivery, mom needs quite a
bit of care and feeding, puppies need daily checking, weighing and socialization. Later, grooming and training, and the whelping box needs lots of cleaning. More hours are spent on paperwork, pedigrees and interviewing buyers. If you have any abnormal conditions, such as sick puppies or a bitch who can't or won't care for her babes, count on doubling
the time. If you can't provide the time, you will either have dead pups or poor ones that
are bad tempered, antisocial, dirty and/or sickly -- hardly a buyer's delight.
It is midnight -- do you know where your puppies are located? There are about EIGHT
AND ONE HALF MILLION unwanted dogs put to death in pounds in this country each year, with millions more dying homeless and unwanted through starvation, disease,
automobiles, abuse, etc. The breeder who creates a life is responsible for that life. Will
you carefully screen potential buyers? Or will you just take the money and not worry if
the puppy is chained all of its life or runs in the street to be killed? Will you turn down a
sale to irresponsible owners or will you say "yes" and not think about the puppy you held and loved, having a litter of mongrels every time she comes into heat, helping to fill the pounds every year with more statistics that are your grand pups? Would you be prepared
to take back a grown dog if the owners can no longer care for it? Can you live with the thought that the babe you helped bring into the world will be destroyed at the pound?