Whether you are a new or a repeating dog breeder, professional dog breeding can be a very rewarding practice, however it is essential for the breeder to summon into mind that such procedure can be an expensive as well as time consuming. Breeding a litter of puppies is a messy business and requires a great deal of devotion, caring and knowledge when it comes to training, nurturing, dieting and issues associated with the health. It is vital to undertake research regarding whelping complexities, taking care of the newborns and health problems that might come up. Shortage of knowledge in the aforementioned areas can put at risk both your bitch as well as the puppies.
The very first step the breeder should undertake when commencing a breeding program is to find a suitable stud. The most effective approach is to visit a local showcase of dogs which provide the opportunity to see the country’s rarest dog breeds and also meet the owners. Alternatively, you can also join breeding clubs where you can meet professional dog breeders who can also advice you on the perfect pet for your case. Once your dog’s mate has been successfully selected then you should check with a specialized veterinary whether there are any potential inherited conditions and undertake the necessary physical examinations. About four weeks after mating, you will have to visit your vet again so that he confirms the pregnancy by feeling around the bitches womb. Once the pregnancy has been successfully confirmed its time to prepare a warm and comfortable whelping area. The area has to be enclosed and should have ample space so that the bitch and her puppies have room to stretch out.
During the lactation period, you should provide your bitch with a well balanced diet, rich in protein and low in carbohydrates and fats otherwise she will become malnutritioned. After whelping you should provide your bitch with small and frequent meals and should be easy to digest. Common dog food includes rice and chicken soup which are easy to digest. Nevertheless, your vet would be able to advice on the right intake of protein and carbohydrates as well as recommend a good brand.
Did You Know ?
People have maintained species of useful animals since the pre-historic times.