Are you thinking about breeding your purebred poodle? Lets look at the information you need to know before you mate your beloved poodle pet.
First a few questions to ask yourself are:
What is your purpose for breeding?
Will this be a one time event?
Are you breeding for show quality?
Are you planning to sell the puppies?
Answers to these questions determine whether it is important to have a registered female poodle and a registered male poodle to breed. Also the answers determine whether it will be important for you to become a licensed breeder in your state and a registered breeder with the AKC. If this is the first time breeding you do not need to become a licensed breeder or to register as a breeder. This will be necessary if you want to continue breeding and make this a business.
Even if you are not interested in showing your dog, or breeding professionally, it is vital to learn best practices for breeding. Not spending the time to learn how to breed places your pet at risk for health problems, infertility and having unhealthy puppies. One best practice is not breeding the female until her third heat cycle. The health and her ability to have more litters are at stake. If you love of the Breed of Poodles, please breed properly as incompetent breeding leads to genetic health ailments for the breed.
Genetic Health Problems for the Poodle
As poodles became in vogue, poodles were bred for puppies to sell without regard for the wellbeing of the dam or future generations.
When purebred poodles are improperly bred genetic health problems develop. Some genetically predisposed diseases of the poodle are hip dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, sebaceous adenitis, patellar luxation. These are strange names, however they are serious health diseases.
Concerned thoughtful people want to stop any puppy mill. Puppy mills are where dogs are bred consistently hurting the breed and creating potential health problems for the puppies. A place where dogs are kept inhumanly and bred without regard for the wellbeing and personality of the puppies needs to be closed.
A Healthy Poodle
It is possible to obtain a healthy poodle puppy. While incompetent breeding has hurt the bloodline for poodles, many competent breeders have and are breeding healthy poodles with a bloodline without genetic ailments. Breeders are able to be registered and licensed to help improve the standards for the poodle. Healthy poodles with a healthy bloodline do exist. It is possible to find and to breed poodles that are not genetically predisposed to the common ailments of the breed.
Begin the Mating Process
A place to begin breeding is to have the female dog examined by a vet to guarantee she is in prime condition for pregnancy and providing milk for her puppies.
Earning a Profit
Keep in mind it is not likely you will generate money breeding the female dog. It is more likely that you will spend money. Hopefully you are breeding poodles to develop wholesome generations of the poodle breed and to have happy healthy pets.
As this may be your first time breeding your pet poodle, making a profit should not be your goal. To have a profitable business selling poodle puppies involves owning many dogs and business regulations. This can be determined at a later date.
Dog Breed Information – The Genetics
To have puppies that can be registered with the AKC both the mother and father need to be registered with the AKC. This keeps track of the DNA history and ensures that inbreeding does not occur. The AKC has a DNA bank for the breeds.
Inbreeding, when the same bloodline is mated as a brother and sister, creates many health problems for the puppies and harms the breed.
If your pet in not registered with the AKC, your pet and her puppies will not be able to be a show dog and you are breeding for pets. If showing is important, there are alternate registration for showing in select shows. If the poodles will be pets and possibly spray or neutered AKC registration is not necessary.
When your pet is not registered with the AKC, you can find the genetic details by having your vet perform a DNA procedure. This will make possible for you to learn of virtually any genetic health problems without having to spend extra time and money trying to find the lineage of your pet. We are doing this to ensure healthy poodles who will be a joy for a long time to a new owner or yourself.
In addition to finding predisposition to health ailments, a DNA test will also help identify which physical traits will most likely be carried down to the puppies. Physical traits include muzzle and ear shapes, coloring of eyes and coat, personality traits, and even traits such as its personality. However, it is unrealistic to expect to breed exact replicas of the sire or dam. While you may end up with puppies that are similar, there is no way to create a replica. Once you have obtained substantial hereditary information about your own dog, you should do your best to learn as much as possible about your dogs future mate.
It is equally important to ensure that the male meets the same health requirements and genetic prerequisites as your female. This can be done if the stud is registered with the AKC or having a DNA profile.
Another expense are stud fees, which can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the dogs bloodline.
The location of the stud is another factor. When the stud is nearby, getting your female to him is not a major inconvenience.
On the other hand, if your stud is located across longer distances, the mating process may be somewhat more complicated and expensive. For the male dog to be confident, it is best for the mating to happen at the home of the stud.
Two solutions to a stud located far away are having the sperm shipped or traveling to the location of the stud.
A potential successful method is to have the sperm shipped and stored. This is not always successful because of the risk of the containers breaking or the sperm dying due to temperature changes.
Many believe having both dogs present will increase the chances of a healthy litter. Depending on your purpose for breeding and if the stud’s bloodline is valuable enough, you might consider traveling with your dog to the location of the stud.
Healthy Poodles are The Goal
What is emphasized in this article is the fact healthy puppies requires research and preparation before the breeding begins. Get the data on your dog and the stud. Do everything possible to assure healthy puppies, and a healthy dam (breeding female) and the joy will be immeasurable.
Future healthy litters of poodles is best done by caring knowledgeable breeders such as yourself.