There may be various reasons why this dog or bitch has no progeny.
A reason could be that we only update the progeny of dogs and bitches that we; own, have used in our breeding program, or if we have imported a puppy from that particular dog or bitch.
Another and simple reason could be that we haven’t found the right breeding partner or we did not have the time to raise a litter of puppies.
Another reason could be that we don’t believe that the dog or bitch is suitable for breeding, e.g poor health or a temperament that is not typical for the breed. Another reason could be if the breed type or body construction is not good enough.
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Should I breed my dog or bitch?
You maybe consider breeding your dog. But before you make the decision, there are some considerations you should take and topics you should familiarize yourself with. Search as much information as possible. Use the Breed Club in your country for advice, search the internet, consult a skilled veterinarian and one or more experienced breeders.
Ask yourself why you want to use your dog or bitch for breeding?
If the reason is that you expect to make money… you should know that breeding usually costs a lot of money. The process from selecting a quality puppy and until he or she is old enough to be bred, from you have found the most suitable partner to a possible mating, from your dog or bitch has been through various necessary veterinary examinations, from you have ensured that the selected male or female has undergone the same thorough examinations and approvals … well, you have already invested a lot of money and a lot of time.
If you are breeding your bitch, you must pay stud fee and other costs like; transport, hotel, or shipping of semen and vet expenses etc. There will be expenses related to the pregnancy as well; veterinarian, special food, deworming treatments, vaccinations etc. You maybe have to stay home from work and if something goes wrong during delivery of the puppies the bitch might need a c-section or other treatment is needed.
You need time and resources to help raise the puppies as minimum of 8 weeks before they can move to their new families. Maybe the families don’t come easy and you may need to advertise to find new good homes for all the puppies. The puppies must have special puppy food, deworming treatment, vet examination, chip, vaccination and pedigree before they leave home… and in addition you need a delivery/puppy box where the bitch can give birth and raise the puppies the first 3-4 weeks, loads of blankets, toys a possible fencing so that puppies can spend time out door as well, loads of cleaning, loads of coffee/tea/soft drinks for the puppy buyers who are visiting their puppy… and long phone calls.
If you decide to deliver the puppies with a puppy start kit, besides the relevant papers, it could be; a blanket, some food, a collar and leash, toys, and a puppy book about getting a puppy in the family. If one or more of the puppies gets sick – this can mean extra vet expenses. If one or more puppies die before or after birth, or the litter is smaller than usual, you will not receive as much money as you might have expected. When the puppies are sold, you still have a responsibility and possible expenses.
Most serious and responsible breeders are happy if they can just make time and economy run around!
You want a dog similar to the one you already have?
If you want to make a litter of puppies because you want a dog similar to the one you have, remember that no matter how special your dog is to you, there is no guarantee that a puppy from her or him will be similar to or almost similar to him or her. Remember that half of the puppy’s genes will come from another dog! So it is imperative that you find a breeding partner for your dog that has the same characteristics, the same mind, etc.
It is often much easier and less costly and certainly less time consuming to choose a dog that is already born, maybe even an adult dog looking for a new home. Or better yet contact the breeder from where you have your dog and look for a dog from the same lines.
Because all bitches should have a litter of puppies?
It is simply nonsense! A bitch does not get better, happier or avoids future problems with e.g. artificial pregnancy because she gets a litter of puppies. She may change during pregnancy and while she’s taking care of the puppies, but after that she will most often become her old self again. Physically, there are also no benefits to her from having a litter of puppies, she can still run the risk of having uterine inflammation and cancer of the mammary glands.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with neutralizing a bitch who has never had puppies.
But, my dog has a pedigree!
The fact that a dog has a pedigree does not guarantee that the dog is suitable for breeding. Of course, the pedigree is a great tool when it comes to researching your dog’s ancestry and helps ensure that you do not do unintentionally inbreeding. But the pedigree alone does not guarantee the qualities your dog needs to possess to be suitable for breeding. You will be able to find information on ancestry on the pedigree. Hips and elbow status and show awards. But more information about health status, exterior etc. you have to search for yourself.
But everyone thinks my dog is so lovely!
No doubt that your dog is lovely! But being a sweet and lovely dog is not enough argument enough to breed it. Many adorable, lovely dogs are not breed-typical enough in relation to the breeds standard, or do not meet the health requirements. Cute and lovely is an excellent starting point, but you should make sure that your dog also meets the other requirements of a breeding dog.
But when is it then relevant to let your dog go into breeding?
The only good reason for breeding your dog is that you truly believe that your dog can bring something good and preferably better to the breed. There are already too many dogs that are used for breeding for no good or reasonable reasons. A dog that is part of a breeding program should be a dog whose genetic history you (or the breeder) are familiar with. A breeding dog should represent the breeders seriousness and commitment to his breed and should be able to provide the breed with some future breeding material, whether mentally or physically. This should be assessed, not just by the owner or breeder, but to an extent to ensure that the dog is a good representative of his breed. The dog must, of course, live up to the breeds standard and comply with the breeding rules at all times.
It is extremely important that your dog is both mentally and physically healthy and does not bring hereditary diseases or bad temper to the breed.
Possible hereditary problems?
All breeds are predisposed to ailments or maladies. And you should at least make sure that your dog does not suffer from hereditary diseases/maladies, just as you naturally ensure that any requirements for health examinations and tests are made before you breed your dog. In addition to requirements such as, for example, known Hip and Elbow status, you should also investigate what other problems there may be within the breed. Keep in mind that, as far as hereditary disorders are concerned, it is not enough that your dog and the partner you chose for it, are free of the ailments, you should investigate how the status generally is for the bloodlines that your dog and breeding partner are descendants from.
Hips and elbows
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a disorder that especially affects many large dogs. Hip joint dysplasia results from a misalignment or breakdown of the hip joint and causes the joint head and hip bowl to fit poorly, thus making the joint unstable. In a normally fast hip joint, the joint head and hip bowl fit together like “foot in hose”. As the disorder develops, wear of the joints and the load on the surrounding tissues, tendons and ligaments can cause severe pain depending on the extent of the disorder. Hip joint dysplasia is what is called a multifactorial disorder. This means that both genetic and environmental factors are involved.
Elbow joint dysplasia is a hereditary disorder and arises from the failure of the elbow joint. In addition to ligaments and the joint capsule, the elbow joint consists of three bones: the upper arm bone, the coil bone and the elbow bone. Misalignment of the articular surface of the elbow especially causes it to be slightly elliptical. This is exacerbated by the fact that the bobbin’s articulated surface is altered in the rounding so that the upper arm bone does not fit into the joint. Some speak of a staircase in the joint. In order to prevent the spread of the disease, it is important to ensure that dogs included in breeding has preferably status 0 or as a maximum 1.
Examples of other disorders that affect your dog as a potential breeding dog: Allergy, Skin Diseases, Epilepsy, Eye Diseases, Poor Temperament, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes … Remember: a sick dog, whether the disorder is hereditary or not, should not be bred. A dog suitable for breeding, pregnancy, feeding and raising puppies should be physically and mentally healthy in every way. Remember that it is important to ensure that not only your own dog, but also the breeding partner is physically and mentally healthy, examined and approved for breeding.
Kennel and prefix
The term kennel is a somewhat obscure size, and for many people the word kennel means a large number of dogs in runs outside. That is not the case. A kennel can be a large enterprise with twenty or thirty or a hundred dogs. But a kennel can also consist of one, two or three family dogs, whose preferred place of residence is a couch in the living room. In most kennels, dogs are part of the family.
Any breeder who is a member of the Danish Kennel Club and who has undergone DKK’s breeder training consisting of 4 modules can apply for a kennel name (kennel prefix). Once the kennel mark has been approved, a kennel visit will be made and if this visit is noteworthy, the breeder may use the logo “Has undergone DKK breeders training”. (Breeder training = the total “package” consisting of 32-hour training + legal / DKK module + remark-free visit).
A kennel prefix must be registered in the country where the kennel prefix owner is residing. The puppies from a kennel are named with such a kennel prefix (e.g. Librrani), which together with the puppy’s nickname is applied to the pedigree and tells at which breeder it was born. A kennel brand is therefore not in itself a quality guarantee and in other words does not tell us about a dog team’s framework.
Are you a commercial breeder?
If you are to meet the legal requirement for commercial breeders, you must go through 7 (specific) modules, of which the 3 modules are also included in the kennel brand education. We call it the statutory dog-keeping training. This training triggers the course certificate that the authorities may require to see if you are running a professional dog team.