Novice’s guide to being a breeder (of dogs or cats) ADVERtorial

2017-01-10 06:01

BEFORE you launch into it, and imagine lovely scenarios of puppies, happy owners and money rolling in, here are a few realities:

• Your breed may require special tests for registration or to be sold for example, hip dysplasia, retina atrophy, heart scans, etc.
You, the breeder, will need to pay up front for these tests, and no, if your dog is a dud, it doesn’t change the price.

• If your bitch requires a caesarean section to deliver pups, you will have to pay the vet, in full – we vets did not take the decision to “co-invest” in your little venture, so we don’t allow accounts for c-sections. For a big dog, this could be R8 000 to R12 000 when all is said and done.
You need to have this in the bank before you start breeding

• Are you investing in and growing the breed? Do you have a 30-year development plan? If you aren’t contributing to genetic diversity, elimination of undesirable health and breed characteristics and making some hard choices about what not to breed, you should definitely not start

• Will you be investing in good breeding stock, or just buying a nice looking dog? Who will want to buy it?

• If you want to make your Boerboels bigger than the next person’s or your Yorkies smaller than a firkin of uranium, if your Persian’s nostrils are so inverted he will inhale better through the rectum, or you can only see dollars rolling in from your Cockapoo, you are just taking advantage of the animals, and mustn’t breed (animals or your own genetic material)

• If you want “your children to see the miracle of birth” or you are worried “your bitch is missing out having puppes” – then buy your children a book (they probably know more about sex from DStv than you think) or go for a stroll through the SPCA kennels and see all the unwanted pets that don’t have homes.

Those are the harsh but real truths of breeding and animals. - Anthony Zambelli.

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