Being the owner of a purebred dog, you may be tempted to start breeding them to make a little extra money. After all, all you need is a couple of Dachshunds and they'll do all the work, right? Not necessarily. There's an old saying in the casual dog breeding business that says if you're making money breeding dogs, you're doing something wrong. This may not be completely true in all circumstances, however, it should let you know that this is not something to jump into without a lot of forethought. If you purchased your Dachshund as a family pet, and not a show dog, you should probably not try breeding your dog. Breeding is not a job for a normal pet owner, but rather, a very demanding, full time occupation. Some things to consider before jumping feet first into breeding:
- The time and money required to get the bitch into breeding condition.
- The time and money required to sustain her throughout the pregnancy and afterwards while she tends to her young.
- You will have to feed, groom, house, and housebreak the puppies until a suitable buyer is found.
- There will be visits to the vets office for check-ups, worming, shots, etc.
Before taking the first step to mate your Dachshund, you need to think carefully about why you want her to have a litter. Is it because you think your dog will "miss out" on something by never being bred? Is it because you think you can make money from breeding? Is it because you feel your children will learn from the experience? Regardless of your reason, you're probably kidding yourself with your rationalization. Let's talk about these three questions since most people will fit into one of the above categories. Any dog will live a perfectly healthy and normal life without ever having been mated. In fact, spaying a female or neutering a male may actuall help them live longer as they are not so anxious to find a mate to relieve their sexual frustration. Like I said earlier, if you're making money breeding dogs, you're doing something wrong. This should be pretty obvious if you consider some of the points above, especially the trips to the vet. It also takes years of hard work researching pedigrees and bloodlines among other things. As far as sex education for your children, try to find another route.
The Dachshund breed standard from the American Kennel Club are shown here.
Selecting a stud
To start with, do some research on the various bloodlines available in your area and make arrangements for the stud service well in advance. If you plan on breeding for show dog purposes, you need to be very careful when choosing a stud. Not only should you do the research on the bloodline, you should also choose a mate that will compliment any deficiencies or bad traits that your bitch may have. He should also have either a winning show record or the sire of show winning dogs. If possible, you should choose a stud that has several ancestors in common with your bitch, preferably within the last two or three generations.
The owner of the stud may charge a fee for his services or may take the first pick of the litter. In any case, all the details should be covered and put in writing. Other things to consider, and resolve prior to breeding, are if the dogs fail to conceive, what to do if there is only one puppy born, and at what age will the puppies be offered for sale.
If you plan on breeding your dog just for family pets, and not show dogs, and you plan on using any "available" stud, one of the most important considerations to make is with the stud's temprament. Choosing a male with a bad disposition is only asking for trouble.
Before breeding your female, make sure she is in good health. She should be neither too thin nor too fat. Any health issues must be addressed before breeding so as not to pass on any problems to her puppies. If she has worms, she should be wormed before being bred or within three weeks of mating. Any skin condition must be addressed before breeding. You should plan on breeding your female about 6½ months after the start of her last cycle, or season.
The female should be ready to breed twelve days after her first colored discharge. You should expect to make arrangements with the stud owner to board your bitch for a couple of days around this time. This will give the dogs a better chance of being together at the proper time.
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