Five Steps to Becoming a Responsible Breeder

Five Steps to Becoming a Responsible Breeder     By Dexter Blanch

Before deciding to become a professional breeder, it is important that you prepare yourself for the responsibility that lies ahead. Breeding is not a get-rich-quick scheme or a lucrative business idea. Most people breed dogs because they are genuine animal lovers who are passionate about preserving their favorite breed.  Establishing and maintaining a professional kennel requires a tremendous amount of physical, emotional and financial investment.

Here are five steps that will put you on the fast track to becoming a well-respected, responsible breeder.  Whether you are a pet owner who simply loves Golden Retrievers, or if you are looking to establish a long-term breeding program, these tips will help you get off on the right foot.

  1. 1.     Educate Yourself.

The phrase “knowledge is power” is almost a cliché. But it is true. The more you know the more effective you will become. It is essential that you learn all you can about canine health and breeding standards. You will need to know what to do in case of an emergency, how to properly feed your pregnant dog and how to raise healthy puppies.

In addition, you should strive to familiarize yourself with your breed. Try to become an expert on breed standards so you can perpetuate these qualities. Attend dog shows, study pedigrees and investigate the lines of champions. Veteran breeders are a gold mine of information, so be sure to do some networking!! You should also talk to local veterinarians, subscribe to magazines and read various books.

  1. 2.     Strive to Improve the Breed.

Responsible breeding is all about being objective. You cannot breed your female German Shepherd simply because “she is the sweetest dog in the world.” You have to be willing to recognize genetic flaws and work to eliminate those. If your favorite dog suffers from hip dysplasia, keep her as a pet, but do not allow her to have a litter of puppies. As a breeder, your goal should be to continually work to improve your breed. Strive to produce champions!

  1. 3.     Select the Proper Mate.

When searching for a suitable sire for your puppies, do your research. Examine the bloodlines and characteristics of this dog in order to determine what he will contribute in the way of quality. Oftentimes, selecting the more qualified candidate may result in a higher stud fee. But this is well-worth the price. It is essential that both the sire and dame are AKC registered. This entitles their offspring to the same privilege. Registered puppies are easier to sell, as it guarantees their alignment with breed standards.

Try to breed dogs that compliment each other and make up for each others weaknesses. If your dam has a dull coat, look for a sire with glowing fur. It is also important to understand that temperament is hereditary. As a result, never breed a dog that has a nasty disposition. Fear biting, skittishness and aggression will be passed on to the puppies.

  1. Conduct Health Screenings.

Before breeding your dogs, make sure both parents receive a thorough veterinary examination. The female should be tested for parasites and all vaccinations should be current. In addition, it is important to conduct screenings for genetic problems. Many breeds are predisposed to certain conditions such as hip dysplasia or deafness. Never breed a dog that has genetic defects as these flaws will be passed on to the litter. Go to this link for more recent information on pro’s & con’s of Spay and Neuter.


  1. Prevent Accidental Breeding.

In order to raise high-quality, pure-bred dogs, it is essential that you keep your female  protected when she is in season. Unfortunately many accidentals breeding take place every year, resulting in mixed breeds and the perpetuation of defective genes. To ensure that your female is bred by the stud of your choice, you may have to keep her under close supervision while she is in heat. Another option is to utilize a recently-invented product to protect your pet from accidental breeding. This product is called the Pet Chastity Belt or Pet Anti-Breeding System. It straps onto your dogs hindquarters, offering complete protection. A six-point buckle system ensures proper fitting and an adjustable rear-end flap enables your pet to perform all natural bodily functions. For more information visit


Dexter Blanch is the president of Highly Favored Creations and inventor of the Pet Anti-Breeding System. This revolutionary product is designed to prevent accidental breeding and promote responsible pet ownership. You can contact Dexter by calling 318-683-1661 or you can email him at