The dog breeding for beginners advice that you are about to receive comes from 13 years of experience. Now there is no way that I will be able to share with you everything that you need to know about the dog breeding business but I will offer you a few words of wisdom.
All dogs are not created equal when it comes to price. As you have probably been able to tell by looking through the ads and the different websites, that the asking price for various breeds range anywhere from $200 to $5000 and up. As you can see that is a huge difference. This is an e-book that I bought and got some good pointers from, it doesn’t cost much Guide To Dog Breeding Business Ebook.
So the first thing that you need to decide is the breed of dog that you want to get involved with. One more thing to remember, go with a breed of dog that you like because you may end up having to keep some of the puppies that you may not get sold.
Avoid starting off buying your future male and female breeding dogs as puppies because those pups may have some qualities that you do not care for when they are older and they just will not cut the muster. I only bring this up through experience.
Throughout the years we have bought a couple of puppies for replacements, to diversify our bloodlines a little bit and some of them just do not have the quality needed when they mature to make good breeding dogs.
One more point I would like to make about buying a puppy prospect for breeding purposes. It can become very expensive. If you are a slow learner like I can be at times it can end up costing many thousands of dollars without producing ONE litter of pups. Temperament may not be quite up to snuff, hips may not pass OFA certification and in all reality the list could go on and on.
If you are just getting into the dog breeding business think about getting a couple of older proven breeding dogs. By doing this you get to look them over and see if they meet the standards that you are looking for. There are some breeders out there whose dogs are getting close to the retirement age when it comes to having litters and they will sell them at a reasonable price.
Even though you may only get a couple of litters out of them your return on investment will be much quicker and if the quality of the litter is high you can then save your replacements that way instead of buying them.
Never keep a replacement puppy from a female who has a difficult litter, does not have enough milk, ever has a c-section or just has puppies that do not meet the high standards that you are trying to achieve.
Too many breeders do not follow this rule and it ends up costing you in the end. Quality, quality, quality. That is what you need to be aiming for.
Get yourself a website. If you ever want to maximize your dog breeding business you need your own website. Selling your puppies through the classifieds does not work very well. It costs to much to run an ad and if you are asking more than a $150 it is hard to get one sold.
People that look for and buy a puppy from an advertisement in the newspaper are normally looking for a $500 dog but will only give a couple of hundred for them. So build a website and start promoting it. Do not wait for the first litter to be born either; it will take a very long time for your website to show up on the first couple of pages of Google.
My last point about dog breeding for beginners is to really think it through. You will need to treat it like a business and it is a 365 day a year job.