Many veterinarians and serious dog breeders receive calls from pet owners who wish to breed their pet animals.
When these owners feel that their dog has a fine temperament and is a healthy specimen of the breed that it
represents, it is sometimes very difficult to help them understand that good breeding should be approached as both a
science and an art, and that to do so requires knowledge and experience with dogs.
Dogs should be bred for one reason and only for one reason -- Improving the quality of the breed!
Both the Bitch and Stud should come from lineage that has, to the greatest possible extent, been cleared of
hereditary diseases present in that breed. Just having a healthy dog does not tell one what is in its background
genetically (e.g. hip dysplasia, congenital cataract, progressive retinal atrophy, hemophilia or other blood disorders,
etc.) When a bitch and dog are bred, the breeding should be planned by someone who knows the good points and
faults of each so that a pair of animals are chosen who compliment each other.
Dogs should NOT be bred because:
Thousands upon thousands of dogs are euthanized each year (a large percentage of them being purebred) because
there are just not enough humans for every animal. Too often the neighbor or friend who wants a puppy with that
same wonderful personality changes his mind, and the amateur breeder is left with a houseful of unwanted animals.
So before encouraging anyone to breed his dog, the owner should be encouraged to study his breed and learn what
constitutes a good specimen. He should be apprised of the fact that too many dogs are being bred and that some or
most of his litter may have to be euthanized. He should be discouraged from breeding mixed breeds (peek-a-poo,
schnoodle, cock-a-poo, etc.) because mixed breeds are not necessarily healthier. The truth is that just as many, if not
more, dogs with "high strung temperaments" and genetic disorders can come from cross breeding as from poorly
Breeding, when done properly, is hard work and is certainly NOT the road to wealth. Each potential litter must be well
thought out, with a sincere desire on the part of the owner to breed better dogs. Quality, not quantity, is the hallmark
of the knowledgeable breeder.