Should You Consider Getting Your Pet Dog to Mate?
Almost every dog owner thinks about breeding his/her dog at least once. Raising a whole litter sounds fun and easy, but having puppies is not the only thing there is. Breeding dogs’ calls for more responsibility and effort than many people are ready for. Therefore, before you think about getting your pet dog to mate, here are a few things you should consider.
- The Level of Responsibility: Whether you want more puppies so you could sell them later or just want to add to the Fido Family, you should know there is great responsibility involved in both cases. Do not just assume that with selling the puppies, your care and responsibility comes to a halt. No. It will be your job to know where those puppies are six months, 12 months, and five years from now and whether or not they are being treated well.
On the other hand, raising puppies is a full-time job and you will have to make sure that a warm, dry and safe environment is provided along with the right food and water. Furthermore, the grooming, cleanup, training, and medical responsibility also add up to a ton of effort and money, which can mean not much free time and savings for you.
- If you want your dog to mate because you “want a dog just like this one”, keep in mind puppies have a 50-50 chance of taking after the other parent instead. Your canine is special, and the heredity laws aren’t making things easier for you, which means it is impossible for any two dogs to be exactly alike. Many qualities that you love in your dog are adopted and developed over time, not something they are born with. On the other hand, if you want another puppy, simply buy it from the pet store or adopt from a shelter house. That way it will be much cheaper.
- If you have people in your life who keep giving you hints on how they want a dog after seeing your own pup shouldn’t be completely trusted. You don’t have to just jump into breeding simply because you think that people will buy/adopt from you. You will be surprised to find how many people suddenly don’t have time for a puppy, are “not ready”, or aren’t prepared to pay you the right price. Bottom line: don’t count on imprecise promises.
- If you believe your dog should mate simply because you think the experience of sex will settle him down, you are wrong. Female dogs only think about mating in season and male dogs only think about it when near a female dog in season, and the experience is quickly forgotten once the season has passed.
Breeding doesn’t help your dog settle . In fact, if you have a male dog, it will only make matters worse for him as he might become uncontrollable around other female dogs in the neighborhood, lose his house manners, or become violent towards other dogs. If they have never experienced it, they won’t miss it. Settling down your dog comes with training and maturity, not sex!
- If you are looking to make a profit out of breeding your dog, keep in mind that raising your puppies can be cost you more than you actually profit. Further, it brings hassle and you will need to dedicate to your puppies a good chunk of your time and money.
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