Dog breeding requires preparedness in a number of critical phases and one such phase is the mating of your female dog and the delivery of the puppies. Whatever the reason you might have for getting into dog breeding, at the end of the day you desire to produce a better breed than what you already have.

As the dog owner, it is your responsibility to find out the right mating time for the dog and also to look for the right partner. By conducting research, you’ll find out what is the right time to mate your dog – most dogs will be ready between the ages of 12 and 18 months – and provide an ample atmosphere for this to take place. As you intend to improve the breed, choice of a mating partner is paramount. You must therefore look for a mating partner that is healthy, is of the right temperament and has a good genetic history.

After conception, a dog’s pregnancy could be accompanied by various complications which require that the breeder is prepared both financially and mentally. Talking to a vet will help you find out the kind of vaccinations you need and also how to prepare for the arrival of the puppies.

Setting some money aside for contingencies is extremely important. While most dogs will go through labor and deliver without any complications, it is also important to remember that a considerable number of dogs deliver through C-sections and this obviously has financial implications.

The arrival of the puppies

A breeder has to make appropriate arrangements for the arrival of the puppies. On top of making arrangements for the healthy and comfortable housing of the puppies, it is important to remember that the first days of a puppy’s life are critical. Puppies are likely to contract one or several viruses. The most lethal of these (and it usually leads to fatalities) is known as Parvo but there is a host of others and you should therefore work with a vet during this critical period.

Another factor that should make the dog breeder put some money aside for contingencies is the possibility of the dog failing to produce milk in which case you’ll need to get a substitute. In other situations, you dog could produce excessive milk and get infected with mastitis – a condition that will require further attention from the vet. Preparing your dog for breeding and taking care of the puppies when they arrive could be emotionally and financially draining and it calls for adequate preparation.