Steps 4-6 on Breeding Responsibly

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Step Four-Choose a Suitable Mate

You first have to make sure your dog is AKC registered. When you are going through the process you want to make sure that you mate animals that compliment one another. You should choose a dog whose bloodlines will strengthen the female dogs’ weaknesses and bring out her good qualities. Two factors you must keep in mind as you make your selection are health and temperament. Temperament is hereditary in dogs although it can be influenced by external factors. You should never consider breeding dog if you have concerns about there temperament.

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Step Five- Know your Genetics

A breeder must have a basic understanding of the science of genetics. The genes passed on by their parents will determine everything about your puppy. You also need to be aware of the genetic problems that affect your breed. Genetic defects can occur at any time in any breed and can affect any part of the body. Many diseases follow a dominant pattern meaning they only need one abnormal gene. If only one parent is affected, the disease will show up in each successive generation. Sometimes it can be difficult to detect because of how mild it is. If that is the case, the condition can mistakenly be thought to skip generations. Some diseases follow a recessive pattern, which only occurs in homozygous individuals; dogs with two abnormal genes. Dogs that have one bad gene and one normal gene are known as heterozygous. They seem normal but they can still pass their abnormal gene down to their offspring. You can also have chromosomal anomalies, which is a defect in the chromosome number and structure. Usually dogs have 39 pairs of chromosomes on which the genes are located so major abnormalities in this could cause major defects in the breed.

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Step Six- Finalize stud contract

It is highly recommended to work out a contract between the breeder and the owner of the dog. The fees should be in writing and clearly state all obligations and circumstances. All parties involved should sign the papers and each party should each get a separate copy. The dog’s owner determines a stud fee, which causes the amount and the way of payment to differ. But you must keep in mind that the AKC can’t settle disagreements between parties in regards to the breeding arrangements.

“”Responsible Breeding and Dog Mating – American Kennel Club “” – American Kennel Club. American Kennel Club, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2015.

2 Comments on Steps 4-6 on Breeding Responsibly

  1. nbm5100
    November 6, 2015 at 9:48 am (5 years ago)

    I didn’t know about most of the information you provided, so I found your post very informative. From what a gather, there are a lot of factors that go into breeding and it’s nice that you outlined all the necessary steps people should make when breeding. Also, the puppy pictures were very much appreciated!

  2. slq5019
    October 30, 2015 at 10:51 am (5 years ago)

    I found this post really interesting, as a passionate dog owner myself. I liked that you took a very scientific approach to it, but made it digestible for the average reader. You clearly have done your research!

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