Breeders Club

Things to Consider

Before breeding from your bitch, what do you need to consider?

Breeders Club

Why should I register?

1. Week by week updates on your dog’s pregnancy

2. Expert advice on all aspects of dog breeding

3. Enjoy discount rewards on Burgess products

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  • Can you devote 8 weeks of your time to caring for a litter of puppies until they are ready to go to their new homes?
  • Could you cope with a very large litter e.g 10 or 12 puppies?
  • Are you prepared to care for puppies for 6 or even 8 months if it takes longer to find homes for them? Or potentially indefinitely if they don’t sell?
  • Are you in a position to take back or re-home any puppies if it becomes necessary?
  • Do you have sufficient knowledge to rear the litter correctly, including on worming, vaccinations and socialisation?
  • Have you made sure you are knowledgeable enough to advise new owners about the various aspects of caring for their puppies, including rearing, diet, training and health problems?
  • Do you know enough to help the bitch during the whelping if there are any complications?
  • Can you afford to pay for a caesarean should the dam have difficulty whelping the litter?
  • Can you afford to pay for the recommended health tests for the bitch prior to mating her and, where necessary, her litter?
  • Is your dog, and the stud dog, clear of hereditary conditions?
  • Would you be able to find good homes for the puppies?

If you have not been able to say yes to all of the above questions, then dog breeding may not be for you. You may therefore wish to consider having your bitch spayed to prevent unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.

If you have been able to say yes to all of the above questions, do not forget that you will also need to keep the following in mind:

  • You have a moral responsibility to ensure that each litter that you breed should be an improvement on the parents.
  • Responsible dog breeders give careful consideration to health issues, temperament and soundness.
  • Responsible dog breeders plan ahead of each mating so as to ensure that each puppy produced will be bred in the best possible environment.
  • Responsible dog breeders accept responsibility for a puppy which they have bred, and make themselves available to give advice, help and information to new owners.

Why should I register?

1. Week by week updates on your dog’s pregnancy

2. Expert advice on all aspects of dog breeding

3. Enjoy discount rewards on Burgess products

Register now

Have a question?

If you have a question, please email us or call us on 0800 413 969. Our dedicated consumer care team are available to answer any questions you may have. If you are concerned about the immediate health of your pet, please seek the advice of your vet as soon as possible.

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