(Closed) Does anyone breed?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’ve read that you don’t breed for money, but because you love the breed and want to improve the health and popularity of the breed. Be prepared to sink a ton of money into health care, facilities, testing, and puppy care, and possibly not make a profit at all. Be sure you do extensive genetic testing on the bitch and stud, and write up a contract for potential buyers that says you can take the puppies back at any time.

the Internet has a lot of good breeder/bad breeder guidelines

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

No experience breeding, but working in animal ER I see when things go bad frequently.  Here is a good article about some of the negatives most people interested in breeding don’t conider: http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/breeding/breeder2.html

If you are seious about getting into breeding (would you be showing your breeding dogs as well?) I would contact an established breeder that works with labs and ask if they would be a mentor.  There are a lot of things you may not expect coming in as a first time breeder.

Post # 6
246 posts
Helper bee

I really can’t discourage this enough.  Wanting a new dog is NOT a reason to start breeding.  It takes years of educating yourself and thousands and thousands of dollars to do this the right way.  There are so many unwanted dogs out there, purebred included.  I urge you to reconsider.

Post # 7
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

God help you. Close this thread and run.  This is one of those topics that flare up faster than politics. Goodluck!

Post # 8
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@VeggieBee:  +1, PLEASE don’t do this OP.

Post # 10
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t, but my cousin breeds a whole horde of dogs (boxers, boston terriers, and english terriers) and also shows a lot of them. She generally finds a reputable, show-worthy dog to breed her winners with and then also works really hard to find the right owners for the puppies while taking care of their medical needs and beginning their training. If she cannot find suitable owners looking for show-quality dogs, she will be their owner and take responsibility for them. Most of the new owners she already knows from the show circuit, and they may have expressed interest before she even breeds. Many of the puppies go on to become show dogs as well, which is largely the purpose of breeding her dogs (she would not call it a hobby, but her life’s passion).


She does this on top of having a full time job, and she spends most of her free funds, time, and energy doing it. It’s a lot of work and a big responsibility. You really have to be committed if you want to be sure to find the right match for breeding, take care of the mother and the puppies, and also make sure to find responsible owners. Also note that pure-breds have a lot more medical issues than mutts due to less genetic diversity, so be prepared to take care of any pups who have medical problems–are you willing to take them on yourself if you can’t find responsible owners for them?

Post # 12
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

No. Cannot stand people that want to just up and breed and because “oh well I like puppies.” A friend of mine breeds Finnish Spitz (she also shows them) and recently had a birth go wrong. The bitch wasnt progressing, so she had to take her in to have a c-section. That alone cost over $1000 and then after that the bitch got sick from birth related complications which cost another almost $1000.

Post # 13
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jb20:  I breed reptiles and it’s a pain.  Be prepared to lose a lot of money if you want to actually care about the animals you breed.  If you want to make a profit, you will either have to invest a large amount of money on your breeding stock (i.e. show quality dogs) or you will have to be unscrupulous.  I would definitely advise against breeding dogs, especially labs since the market is over-saturated.  If you just want puppies in the house, ask your local shelter/rescue if you can foster.

Post # 14
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you decide to breed, you really need to educate yourself by talking to other breeders, NOT people on Wedding bee. Also, it will take a lot of time and money to breed healthy puppies.


I pray you change your mind, especially if it is the money that is interesting you. You are doing it for the wrong reasons. If it is for the well-being of the breed, let people more experienced people do that. labs are already overbred.


Post # 15
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@imalittlebirdie:  lol seriously OP. You’ll be ripped to shreds. 

Post # 16
3076 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

My fiance really wanted to start breeding American Eskimos, we had two and fell in love with the breed. But then again I don’t think he really thought it through, I think he just wanted to see them as puppies for a while then give them good homes, though his dream would be to keep them all lol. The reasons we’re deciding to fix our boy is because I’m really paranoid about what Will happen to the puppies, will they be taken care of or just bought as a child’s gift then taken to shelter when they start growing? I’m scared they’ll go to a home where they’ll not get the attention they need and also there’s a rescue in my city for the breed, so I’d hate for them to end up there 🙁 

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