If you are reading this article, you are probably considering breeding your dog in the near or distant future. First of all, I wish to commend you for researching this sometimes controversial topic. Secondly, if you decide to breed your dog, please commit to providing the very best care for your dog and the puppies. As a breeder you will need to recognize this commitment extends to placing the puppies in trustworthy and loving homes.
This article is not intended to discourage an individual who is wholeheartedly determined to breed a better specimen of their particular breed. It is however, meant to discourage the individual who may look at their dogs as easy money making opportunity. Consider the time, money and effort involved in producing a litter and make sure you are physically, emotionally and financially ready to begin a breeding program.
Please make sure you are starting out with the healthiest male and female possible, spend time researching your breed, are there certain lines that live longer and have fewer health issues than other lines? Familiarize yourself with your breed’s written standard, make sure you understand what the terms mean that are used in your breed’s written standard.
As you breed and develop your bloodline, please make sure you place pups that should not be bred in homes that will spay or neuter. Always be responsible for the puppies you are creating. Commit to making yourself available to the families you place your puppies with, following these guidelines will help you become a responsible breeder.
by Joe Maitland
For several years I have pondered the mysteries - the why and how of coonhound breeding. Over the years I’ve tried, what I believe, a representative hound of each the family strains within my breed of choice. Because my opinions are limited to the few individuals I have experience with and, to a certain extent, success in the Nite Hunt sport is indirectly correlated with “political correctness” (i.e., “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine”), I will refrain from mentioning any certain names or breeding.
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by Albert H. Markway, DVM
Before we get into too many complicated things, let's cover the simple things. If you're planning on breeding your bitch, first make sure that she's in good body condition and worm-free. An undernourished or wormy bitch is less likely to breed and, if she does breed, is more apt to have weak pups. By the same token, an obese bitch is also a little less likely to breed and a lot more likely to have problems in delivering pups and lactating normally.
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