Finding a good dog breeder

by Leanne Thompson on November 5, 2011

If you are looking to bring home a new puppy from a breeder, rather than obtaining a pet dog from a rescue centre, then you must ensure that you buy your puppy from a responsible and reputable dog breeder. How a puppy is treated in its early life can have an effect on the puppy’s behaviour as the puppy grows into an adult dog.

As you are bringing your puppy into a family home, it may be wise to obtain a puppy from a dog breeder who breeds the puppies within a family home themselves. Make sure that you visit the dog breeder before making your decision, and see the puppies with their mother so you can observe the puppy’s temperament around people and other dogs.

Most importantly, you must observe the breeder to ensure that they put the appropriate amount of care and effort into raising healthy puppies. A good breeder should ensure that they take the time to raise the litter and take the appropriate health care precautions. A good breeder should not breed to order, or breed too often, so you may have to be prepared to wait for a puppy from a good breeder.

Finding a good dog breeder can take a lot of effort, but it is worth it. Going to dog shows and talking to other dog owners can help you pick up tips on reputable breeders – those who are a very knowledgeable about their breeding, socialise their puppies well and, most importantly of all, care about what will happen to the puppies that they breed.

How to tell when your dog is pregnant

by Leanne Thompson on October 16, 2011

There are some recognisable symptoms in dogs, just as there are in humans, when your dog is pregnant. They go through stages and display signs which you can look out for if you think that your dog is expecting.

Firstly, your dog will display some changes in appetite – dogs can get morning sickness too! At the beginning, your dog may not have their usual appetite although this will change as the pregnancy progresses and they will soon regain their appetite and start to gain weight. Your pregnant pet may be lazier than normal too, depending on the breed of dog. She may not (more…)

Questions to ask a dog breeder

by Vivien Richardson on September 21, 2011

If you are looking to buy a purebred dog, you will need to find yourself a good dog breeder to ensure that you buy a healthy puppy, pay a fair price and are not supporting a disreputable dog breeder by purchasing an animal from them.

Often, you may see advertisements in local newspapers or shop windows, or even on the internet, but you want to ensure that the dog breeder is professional and knowledgeable before you buy. Your dog breeder may be able to provide you with references (more…)

Top tips to choose a stud dog

by Mark James on September 2, 2011

If you are thinking about dog breeding, then before you do, you need to be certain that you can spare the time for this, as dog breeding involves a lot of commitment and it can become costly. However, you should never choose a stud dog just because they are free or cheap.

You are not just choosing your stud dog, you are also choosing the owner of the dog. You can also ask for (more…)

When your dog has puppies

by Leanne Thompson on August 18, 2011

There is a lot of work to do when preparing for your dog to have puppies. Depending on the breed of dog that you have, there may be special considerations to take into account before your dog gives birth. Certain breeds can be more prone to problems, and so it is important that you seek advice from a vet or someone who has considerable experience before your dog is due to deliver puppies.

The majority of dogs can deliver their puppies on their own, but as a dog owner, there are things that (more…)

How to prepare for the birth of your puppies

by Darren Jamieson on July 20, 2011

You’ve hired the stud dog, seen your dog through pregnancy but once your dog has given birth to its puppies, now is the time for the hard work as you have to take special care of them. Caring for puppies can be a huge responsibility.

You need to be organised when preparing for the whelping. Ensure that you have a good sized box that is clean. You need to make sure that your dog is able to move comfortably inside it, but not too big in size. A good measuring guide to use a box that is approximately a foot wider and six inches longer than the sides of your dog.

Once you have got your box, fill it with clean plastic and some newspaper, do this (more…)

Breeding your dog

by Mark James on July 15, 2011

Before offering your dog for breeding, you need to take serious consideration to many factors before you go ahead and offer your dog for stud purposes. Dogs should always be bred responsibly as there are already too many dogs either being mistreated by private owners or end up in dog sanctuaries after being abandoned or due to a shortage of good homes. It would be irresponsible to breed your dog without knowing that you can find committed owners for them to go to or without acknowledging that you have (more…)

Things to consider before breeding dogs

by Leanne Thompson on July 10, 2011

People go into dog breeding for many reasons. There are many considerations to take into account before attempting to establish yourself as a dog breeder and it is certainly advisable to answer some essential questions before starting to breed your dog.

Firstly, why do you want to breed dogs? Cute looking puppies are adorable but do not be swayed by their appeal and, certainly, dog breeding is not a way to make ‘easy money’. Dog breeding can involve an outlay of costs that can be expensive with vet bills, dog food, equipment and stud dog fees.


Not only requiring an outlay of costs, dog breeding is time consuming and will take considerable focus, not only when the newborn puppies arrive and need caring for, but care for the bitch in the days leading up to the labour. Vet trips, numerous (more…)

And they called it puppy love

by Leanne Thompson on June 1, 2011

A dating website has been launched with a slight difference. It’s for dogs (the canine variety, as opposed to unattractive women). The scheme, which is more of a stud dog and bitch directory site, has been set up by the Kennel Club to ensure that pedigree puppies are free from genetic problems.

Mate Select is what the Kennel Club are calling this project and they want to ‘promote in every way the general improvement of dogs and will connect pedigree dog breeders

The KC hopes the scheme will dramatically reduce the amount of inbred dogs that are (more…)

Pregnancy and your pet dog

by Vivien Richardson on March 27, 2011

pregnant dogA huge grey area exists for many would-be dog breeders when it comes to mating your dog in the hope of breeding a litter of puppies.

Age is everything; a dog that becomes pregnant too soon can be susceptible to lots of medical problems. Breeding too soon is risky for the female, and different breeds of dogs are ready to mate at different stages in their lives. I can depend on the maturity of the breed of dog; most breeds have a more enjoyable pregnancy if they are mated at the age of 18 to 24 months.

A young dog that is not fully mature may have a problem breastfeeding her litter, as she can almost be considered (more…)

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