(Or Are You Looking for a Service Dog?)
Why is it important to breed genetically heathy dogs to genetically healthy dogs?
Does the specific tasks a service dog does effect the physical impact on the dog?
Can breeders and owners use the new genetic health tests as a screen for disease in the breeding dogs?
Does your breeding contract require the dog to be spayed or neutered by a certain age?
Did you know that dogs can get sexually transmitted diseases?
As a consumer buying a pup with the intention of breeding later, it is important to know the sexual health history of the parents. A good question to ask is has or does the breeder do live breedings? If so, how many other matings? Dogs that have only been bred using artificial insemination can prevent the spread of STD’s. Otherwise, the dogs used for breeding (both male and female) should be screened regularly, especially if they are in contact with other dogs.
Can I make a profit breeding dogs?
Some people believe that they can use their dog to create an income for themselves. If you are thinking too, do not be mistaken. Quality heath tests are expensive. Veterinary fees are expensive. Losing a few puppies or an entire litter is financially taxing and you could pay out more out than you get back in litter or stud fees. The more important focus should be on creating dogs that have the physical health and temperament requirements to make a successful service dog for future handlers.