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So what’s the big deal about breeding purebreds? You put two compatible dogs alone together in a room, lower the lights, put a Barry White CD on the stereo and voila, two months later you’ve got yourself a litter of purebreds—and the rest is gravy, right? Not quite. Simply breeding dogs takes considerable space, time, and capital. Consistently breeding mentally and physically sound purebreds, on the other hand, is a labor of love that involves all of the above and a whole lot more. If you really love dogs then you need to consult with an expert on the many responsibilities, rules, and regulations dog breeding entails before you take the leap. And that’s where Breeding Dogs For Dummies
Written by Rick Beauchamp, professional breeder, exhibitor, and author of numerous books on the care and feeding of purebred dogs, Breeding Dogs For Dummies fills you in on every facet of the business. Packed with priceless insider tips and expert advice and guidance, it tells you what you need to know to:
- Decide whether dog breeding is really for you
- Choose the right breed for you
- Create the best possible breeding environment for your dogs
- Establish a breeding program
- Find the right breeding stock
- Comply with all government and AKC regulations
- Care for and socialize your pups
- Find the right owners for your dogs
Explore what it takes to start a breeding program that will ensure your dogs’ health and enhance their lineage for fun and profit. Topics covered in detail include:
- Selecting breeding stock and keeping track of breed types
- Understanding purebred genetics and genotype characteristics
- Finding and selecting the right stud dog and brood bitch
- Prenatal care, whelping, and raising puppies
- Running a successful dog breeding business—including tips on budgeting, taxes, registration, charting, planning litters, transactions, sales contracts, and more
Breeding puppies involves many responsibilities, but it can also be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of your life. Make sure that it is—order a copy of Breeding Dogs For Dummies today.
Packed with tips on breeding champion-quality puppies
Start a breeding program that will ensure your dogs’ health and enhance their lineage
Breeding puppies involves many responsibilities, but it can also be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences you ever have. This friendly guide provides all the information you need to create a positive breeding environment for your dogs so that they produce happy, healthy offspring.
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About the Author
Richard Beauchamp is a respected breeder and prominent dog show judge. He has been involved in breeding, training, and showing purebred dogs for most of his life.
Table of Contents
Part I: Should You Be a Dog Breeder?
Chapter 1: Passing the Responsible Dog Breeder Test.
Chapter 2: Important Stuff You Need to Know.
Chapter 3: Choosing the Right Breed for You.
Part II: Understanding Purebred Dogs.
Chapter 4: The Origin and Development of Dog Breeds.
Chapter 5: Categories and General Characteristics of the Breeds.
Part III: Breeding Stock.
Chapter 6: Selecting Your Breeding Stock.
Chapter 7: Keeping Track of Type.
Part IV: Getting Your Breeding Program Started.
Chapter 8: Establishing a Breeding Program.
Chapter 9: Bare Bones Genetics.
Chapter 10: Recording Genotype Characteristics.
Chapter 11: The Brood Bitch.
Chapter 12: The Stud Dog.
Chapter 13: Putting the Act Together.
Part V: Prenatal Care, Whelping, and Raising Puppies.
Chapter 14: The Wonders of Pregnancy.
Chapter 15: Whelping the Litter.
Chapter 16: Growth and Development of Puppies.
Part VI: Business or Pleasure?
Chapter 17: No Bizness Like Dog Bizness.
Chapter 18: Getting Down to Brass Tax.
Chapter 19: Conducting Transactions.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Characteristics of a Good Breeder.
Chapter 21: Ten Tips to Help You Breed Better Dogs.
Chapter 22: Ten Signs You're a Responsible Breeder.
Appendix A: Resources.
Appendix B: Glossary Plus.
Book Registration Information.