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Breeders Info

Learn about responsible breeding and what you must know before you breed your dog. Get the facts about pregnancy, complications, birth of puppies and caring for the litter.

The Big Responsibility of Breeding star[offsite link]
With 5 million unwanted animals being euthanized in shelters every year, should bring more into the world?

10 Rules of Ethical Breeding star[offsite link]
Anyone with two dogs can have a litter of puppies, but there are so many details and serious ethical issues to consider. If you canīt or wonīt, breed with the these rules in mind, then you shouldnīt breed your dog.

Breeding Better Dogs star[offsite link]
Read informative articles on selective breeding that have apperared in some of the foremost dog fancy publications.

Breeding, Whelping, and Rearing Puppies FAQ star[offsite link]
What to consider before breeding; medical information - preparation, the stud dog, timelines, supplies youīll need, whelping step-by-step, caring for the litter; record keeping; finding and dealing with puppy buyers,

Canine Pregnancy star[offsite link]
Read how to care for your dog during labor and delivery. This page also includes a note about emergencies, the birth and the aftermath.

Costs of Breeding and Raising a Litter star[offsite link]
If youīre considering breeding your dog to make some extra money - read this. The vast majority of breeders do not make money from breeding litters. And itīs not because they are bad at managing money. Itīs because raising a good litter costs money, and raising a disastrous litter takes even more money.

Determining the Ovulation Period star[offsite link]
To determine the ovulation period, a breeder can combine several methods of varying and complementary accuracy.

Dog Reproduction and Whelping Guide star[offsite link]
Mating, "is she pregnant", the whelping box and whelping supplies, labor, pictures of a live birth, what to do in a difficult whelp, postnatal care, puppy care and weaning. Includes "Ask Dr. Gabe" - answers to whelping questions.

Drugs to Avoid in Pregnant or Nursing Dogs star[offsite link]
With a few exceptions, one should avoid using all medications in pregnant and lactating (nursing) dogs. See this partial list of drugs that should be avoided in pregnant or nursing dogs. If you have concerns regarding another drug, you can type it in the search box.

Eliminating Genetic Diseases in Dogs star[offsite link]
An effort to make progress toward the elimination of genetic diseases in dogs, and to generate additional interest in that effort.

Fading Puppies star[offsite link]
Learn the causes of neonatal death, prevention and treatment.

Fetal Resorption star[offsite link]
Fetuses will normally only be resorbed if they die during the first 1/2 of the pregnancy. Dr. Mike explains the causes.

First Time Breeders star[offsite link]
The cost of breeding a litter is dependent on whether you do the breeding PROPERLY or not, which stud dog you use, any complications you encounter, how long you keep the puppies before placing them, etc., etc

Hand-Raising and Supplementing Puppies star[offsite link]
The hand raising of newborn puppies is time consuming and tiring. Read this article by a breeder who has hand-raised puppies of different breeds with much success.

Know the Facts Before Breeding Your Dog star[offsite link]
Itīs extremely important to learn the facts and possible consequences in advance if you are contemplating breeding your dog. Read some important points that should be reviewed carefully.

Medical Management of Complications Affecting Delivery (Whelping) star[offsite link]
Complications that arise during pregnancy and whelping are infrequent but when they do occur may constitute immediate and life-threatening situations to both the dam and the puppies. Early recognition of warning signs followed by immediate medical treatment goes far in preventing fatality to the dam as well as increasing the survival of the puppies.

Pregnancy and False Pregnancy in Dogs star[offsite link]
From VetInfo.com, Dr. Mike answers reproductive topic questions about pregnancy. Is it a false or real pregnancy? Also about C-Sections, Spotting during pregnancy and premature puppies.

Pregnancy Termination in Dogs and Cats star[offsite link]
A large number of pets become pregnant despite their ownerīs wishes. In most cases, the best solution to this problem is to have the aniamal spayed, which will not only solve the current problem, but prevent it from happening again.in Spaying during pregnancy, unless very close to term, does not pose significantly elevated risks to the animal over and above the standard surgery.

Questions for the Potential Breeder star[offsite link]
Many people think that breeding dogs is easy. However, the reality is quite different. Before you even consider breeding your dog you should be able to answer many important questions. Read more....

Risk Factors Linked to Puppies - Neonatal Disorders star[offsite link]
Puppies are born blind and deaf, but this delay in development is not only limited to the sensory organs. It also affects thermal regulation, immunity, hydration and metabolism, in addition to which, there is a lack of hepatic and fatty reserves. All these handicaps make the puppy susceptible to numerous disorders of origins as diverse as trauma, infections, dehydration, hypoglycemia or low body temperature.

So You Want to Breed Dogs Do You? star[offsite link]
Are you sure? Read these true experiences of fellow breeders. Breeding is NOT for the faint of heart!

Testing For Canine Genetic Disorder Made Easy star[offsite link]
Contemporary DNA-based technology has unveiled new horizons for the identification of a genetic disorder. Click on the links on the left side of the page for genetic DNA testing by name or by breed, plus research projects and educational programs.

Whelping Calculator star[offsite link]
This will calculate a due date based on the date of your first breeding and using the standard of a 63 day gestation period.

Whelping: The birthing process for the canine star[offsite link]
The act of delivering, or whelping, is a natural process for many dogs, but there are exceptions where normal birth is extremely difficult or sometimes, impossible. This article explains the pre-labor period, labor, and complications.

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