Breeding your own litter of puppies can be a very joyful experience however there are many things to think about before deciding to breed from your female dog.

It is important to remember that dog breeding involves a great deal of dedication, patience, and responsibility, coupled with a sound knowledge of dog reproduction and the dog reproduction cycle. You also need to bear in mind that dog breeding is an expensive task.



If you are a beginner at dog breeding, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Is your dog of breeding quality?

Even if your dog is a wonderful pet, it may have a defect in its structure or temperament, or a hereditary health issue that should not be passed on to the next generation. Dog breeding should only be done with the intention of creating pups that are better than their parents in all aspects.

2. Your female dog should be at least 2 years old

Physical ability to bear pups is not enough to breed your dog. Your dog needs to be completely mature, both physically and mentally. Our experienced vets will be able to help you to determine if your dog has any serious behavioural or health issues to be aware of.

3. Get a thorough examination of both dogs before breeding

Before commencing dog breeding, have your dog and its intended mate thoroughly examined by a vet for venereal diseases, hip and eye problems. All vaccinations should be brought up-to-date and your dog should also be de-wormed if necessary.

4. Be aware of the costs associated with breeding dogs

Health checks, vaccinations, extra facilities that need to be provided for your dog and the pups, fees for getting a mate, advertising etc. are breeding costs that all add up. Add to this an emergency like an unexpected caesarean or intensive care for a pup and the costs will spiral.

5. Consider the demand

Is it going to be easy to find a loving home for all of your puppies? Most animal shelters are filled with abandoned dogs. A responsible dog breeder needs to be very careful about the homes their pups will end up in.

6. QLD dog breeders license

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to promote responsible dog breeding. The legislation came into effect on 26 May 2017 and applies only to dogs born on or after this date.

The laws require all persons giving away, supplying, selling or advertising dogs or puppies, to have a Supply Number that identifies the registered Breeder of that dog. Supply Numbers can be obtained by registering on the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register. Alternatively, a Supply Number may also be a membership or permit number from an organisation or local government that accredits dog breeders – and that has been approved by the Minister as an “approved entity”.



If you're planning on breeding your dog, contact us and make an appointment with one of our friendly team members at the Warwick Vet Clinic for a full examination and advice.




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