You're thinking about breeding your dog. You're thinking about getting some or all of your money back by either studding your male out or breeding your female. Sounds like a good idea, maybe not. You might want to consider some of the following issues.
I am not going to get into a lot of detail, but I will bring up some things you need to consider before your get yourself into breeding.
Let's talk out the male first. He is a fine looking guy, healthy and should put out some beautiful pups. Consider the female that you do not own. Pretty, good build and healthy. Or is she? There could be a possibility that she could have or carry brucellosis which will wipe out your breeding program with that male and your females. Do some research on this. Where would or could he get it from? They would have to be tested which would be an added expense.
Now, let's look at the female. Let's say she is bred. The time is getting closer for her to whelp. Here are things to take into consideration. Are you ready for any of the following?
Things seem to be going very smoothly. All the puppies are born and they are so cute. Then, one by one the pups are not with the others nursing. They are dying or some are already dead. Are you prepared to explain this to your kids?
Your female is doing fine during her whelping. She has several puppies cleaned and are nursing. Then she has another pup born dead.
Your female is doing fine. Puppies are nursing. Mom is exhausted. Your female dies. Are you prepared to explain this to yours kids? Are you prepare to start immediately on bottle feeding, especially since the pups can not have cows milk? Are prepared to bottle feed 8-10 puppies every 2-3 hours for the next several days and take time off from work?
Your female develops mastitis. Or your female doesn't have enough milk or doesn't have any milk. Are you prepared for this?
You leave mom and her pups alone because everyone is napping. You return to find that some of the pups have smothered or have been laid on. They're dead.
Are you prepared to go thru the expense of a C-section if necessary?
Are you willing to spend those critical hours with your female and her pups?
Your pups are doing fine. Mom is doing fine. You have started your pups on solid foods. The next few days, the pups have come down with a case of diarrhea. Your pups need to go to the vet. Coccidosis or Giardia or something else. Can you take the time to medicate these pups?
One pup coughs once in a while. Kennel cough is starting to spread thru the entire litter.
Your pups are 5 weeks old now. So far so good. You notice one pup is not eating and just standing there. The pup refuses to eat and is losing weight. You take the pup to the vet. Can't find anything wrong. You have to give the pup meds and force feed several times a day. Can you take time off work? You've worked hard at getting the pup to eat and is finally eating, after a week and a half, maybe four weeks of force feeding. The pup is gaining weight finally. Things are looking better. You go to feed the pup again, the pup died. Are you prepared also for the emotional affects of breeding?
I'm trying to get you to realize that breeding boxers or any breed of dogs is serious business and shouldn't be taken lightly. Not all whelping are the same; most turn out just fine, but you should be prepare for anything and everything that could happen.
The Whelping Chart
Let's say, you have found loving homes for all your puppies. A few months down the line, one puppy owner calls you to complain that their pup was diagnosed with demodex. The pup is about 7-8 months old. Of course, the vet has blamed it on the breeder, because the vet is NOT going to tell the client, that it was their fault for the pup's immune system is low and/or the pup was stressed. The vet would lose that client, so they blame it on the breeder who is not there to defend him or herself. Read our Demodex page. Are you prepared for any complaints that may arise later for something that isn't your fault?
Once the pups leave your property, you have no control over anything that happens to the pup. Yet, the new puppy owner blames it on the breeder.
You have all your pups checked by the vet before they go to their new homes. Everything is good! Your new puppy owners take their new pup to the vet. Maybe, the vet find worms (which is common) but the new owner complains about it. Maybe the vet finds nothing wrong, but sends a stool sample to a lab. Results from the lab, that the pup has Giardia. Giardia is highly contagious. All the pups should have had it. The others have no problems. The lab was wrong. (They, the lab, feels that sometimes they have to come up with something) So, you as the breeder gets the complaint. Are you ready for this?
We are NOT trying to discourage you in breeding your dog.
We are Not going to encourage you either.
We want you to be aware of mishaps, complications and expenses that can occur in the breeding process. We don't take breeding lightly and either should you. We are Not in for the money (what money?) but we want to produce what we want and what you want:
A high quality, good disposition, good healthy pup that will make a good companion, family dog, watch dog and great family member. A pup that will entertain you, be a buddy to you, will want to go where you go. One that will comfort you when you are sad. One that will make sure if you spill something on the floor, that he/she will clean it up for you. One that will LOVE you dearly, and not sass you back. One that knows you are "his".
All of our puppies ask: That you train them in the way they should go, so you will be proud to say, "That's My Dog". To take care of them when they get hurt or get sick, and keep them with your family until the day they die. They want to "enjoy life with you", not kept in dog house or tied to a tree in the back yard. Is that asking too much from one that believes you and your family are his life, even though he/she can not read or write?
That's the kind of boxers we raise, for you who want a boxer!
Below is an article I found on the internet that let's you take the subject more seriously about breeding. It is very blunt on this subject:
Q-WHAT'S THE BIG CONCERN ABOUT BREEDING MY DOGS?
A- Breeding dogs has become quite a science in the last few years. With the growing popularity of Dog Shows, and the increased exposure from T.V., many people get into breeding thinking that they can produce a dog that it is a very profitable venture. As breed popularity surges and wants, fly-by-night breeders try to meet demand by mass-producing puppies. Also, there is a constant market for pets. Thus, puppy-mill operators are thriving. Unfortunately, indiscriminate breeding is inviting a host of problems, as every breed has it's share of inheritable disease. In order to prevent the puppies you produce from inheriting these diseases, you need to spend a lot of time researching pedigrees, testing your breeding stock, and working with fellow breeders to produce dogs that are healthy and good representatives of their breed. There is a huge amount of responsibility undertaken when breeding your dog. It should not be taken lightly.
Q-I PAYED GOOD MONEY FOR MY DOG, WHY SHOULDN'T I MAKE SOME OF IT BACK?
A-Unfortunately, breeding healthy dogs is not profitable, and usually expends quite a chunk of change from your pocketbook. The only way puppy-mill owners make profits is by compromising the quality of care that the breeding stock receives. We've all seen the horrible pictures of cages stacked upon cages full of dirty, half-starved dogs and puppies. Females are bred every season until they cannot produce anymore pups. They are then sold at auction or killed. Many puppies are shipped out when they are just 6 weeks old, and a (not) surprising large number never make it to their destination alive. That $1500 puppy in the pet store was bought from the puppy mill for $350. With such a small profit, I can guarantee you the animals do not get the best care available. In order to breed responsibly, your dog must receive routine veterinary care, be free of disease, have a good temperament, and not have any severe fault or disqualification listed in the breed standard.
Q-WELL, OUR DOG IS A FAMILY PET. WE AREN'T A PUPPY MILL!
A-The majority of purebred dogs come from what's commonly called the "hobby" breeders, namely those who own a female and want to have a litter so that the kids can see "the miracle of birth", or maybe to make some spending money, or because they want a puppy "just like Buffy". Although these dogs receive much better health care, most being family pets, the owners do not think to check for inherited disease or temperament problems. Also, once the puppies have been sold, the breeders no longer feel responsible for the future health of the pup. Very few of these 'breeders' would stand behind a puppy they sold if it came up lame with hip dysplasia 2 years later. And because of their lack of 'lifelong' commitment, many of those cute puppies end up in homes that are not appropriate, and thus, the dog is condemned to a life of living in a backyard or worse, ends up at the local pound. The conscientious breeder screens potential puppy owners to make sure the dog will have a good home, and they are there for the buyers for the life of the dog. As for the "miracle of birth", there are many things that can go wrong at whelping, not to mention it is a very messy and bloody affair. Are you prepared to explain to your children why that puppy died? Why it was deformed? Or why the dam died? Are you prepared to expend a great amount of money should a c-section be required? Are you prepared to take enough time off of work to watch over the pups the first critical weeks? Are you prepared to hand-feed orphaned puppies every three hours if the dam dies, does not have enough milk, or develops mastitis and cannot nurse her puppies? The less prepared you are for trouble; the more likely you are to have it. There is no fun in consoling your children when they witness the ugly side of breeding.
Q-SO WHAT MAKES "RESPONSIBLE" BREEDERS SO DIFFERENT?
A-The responsible breeder is a devotee of the breed. They know the breed inside and out, they are usually active in some way in dog events. Their main concern first and foremost is the health of the parents and puppies. They take the steps necessary to ensure that the parents are disease free and that the pups have the best chance for a long and healthy life. They do their best to produce dogs which closely follow the written standard for the breed. They stand behind their puppies and are always there for the purchasers for the life of the pup. They put their heart and soul into their dogs. Some of these people are well-known breeders, some aren't. They produce several litters a year or they may go several years between litters. Either way, they are cautious about what type of home the puppies go to and are willing to take one back if need be. When choosing a stud for their female, they find the one who is most compatible physically, mentally, and pedigree-wise. If they offer a male for stud, they not only make sure he is healthy, but that he is a good example of the breed and can pass on the desired characteristics. They also are cautious about the females he is bred to. They too must be good, healthy representatives of the breed. A good sire owner is as concerned about the future welfare of the coming pups as the dam owner.
Q-WHAT ABOUT WHITE BOXERS?
A-Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, "white" boxers ARE NOT RARE! They appear in many litters, and should not be bred. Ethical breeders follow a code of conduct which prohibits them from breeding white puppies. While some breeders do 'cull' their white pups at birth, this is (thankfully) a shrinking practice as more breeders are placing these pups in loving homes. In fact, many breeders are choosier about homes for the white pups than the colored. Too many consumers are suckered out of large amounts of money for a "rare" white boxer, which may suffer from deafness in one or both ears. This is not saying that white boxers are less desirable. They are every much as wonderful as colored boxers, but due to their color inheritance, are more prone to deafness than their colored siblings. And because white is a disqualifying color in the breed, they should not be bred. But they are capable and welcome to participate in obedience, agility, and tracking. A good breeder will do their best to make sure they do not intentionally produce white boxers. Knowing and understanding breeding to keep from producing white boxers, is the key to a good responsible breeder.
Just for thought: NO breeder can guarantee that a puppy will be free from any disease or injury or mishap. Things happen that no one can control.
The materials offered on this website are intended of educational purposes only. Weepin Oaks Boxers does not provide veterinary services or guidance. Please contact your veterinian in reguarding the care of your animals.