Becoming a Responsible Dog Breeder–For Life

1Breeding dogs should be something you do out of passion for the breed of dog you love. You should establish an intention to improve the breed, knowing the desired traits of that breed and wanting to maintain or enhance them. Take the necessary steps to become a responsible dog breeder and you can have a successful and ethical breeding program that you can feel good about.

Learn, Learn, Learn

Devote yourself to studying your breed. You’ll need to know as much as you can about the genetic traits, diseases, behaviors, and temperament that are common for your breed. You’ll also need to be an expert in dog training and health care of dogs. Talk to other breeders, trainers, and veterinarians for the best advice and to gain contacts in the world of dog breeding. Have a good handle on the handling and care of your dogs before you start breeding. You’ll be a source of information for many owners over the years and you’ll want to offer sound advice.

Have a Good Relationship with a Veterinarian

If you’re going to have a robust litter of puppies that meet the breed standards, you’ll need to first do what you can to acquire parents who meet or exceed the breed standards. Use your good relationship with your veterinarian to establish a proper veterinary care routine, meaning your dogs receive the necessary care like vaccines, routine blood work, parasite prevention/management, and of course, good nutrition. If you’re using a dam or sire that isn’t yours, make sure they also see their veterinarian regularly. Genetic screenings for orthopedic or other medical disorders should be a requirement for your breeding program. The last thing you want is to breed a litter of Labrador puppies whose parents are both genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia.

Be Responsible When Homing the Puppies

You’re probably breeding because you want to create a program that’s going to do good for the breed. If this is the case, you’ll want to be particular about who the puppies are going to. Puppies who aren’t up to standard should be neutered or spayed before being homed to prevent the breeding of undesirable traits. Puppies who will be going to breeding/showing homes should have their new owners “screened”. Don’t be shy to ask for references from their veterinarians and/or trainers to ensure the dogs they already own are well cared for. Some breeders even require home visits to see where their puppies will be living and to meet the rest of the family members, both two- and four-legged. This is critical if your dog is going to a home where they will be breeding; the last thing you want is to send one of your beloved puppies off to a home that’s a puppy mill or hoarding case.

Being responsible for the dogs you breed doesn’t end when they go to their new homes. A good breeder is willing to take their dogs back in instances where their family can no longer keep them. It’s being willing to give advice and counsel to new owners who are experiencing difficulties with their dog. Being a breeder means you’re a breeder not just for the duration of your life, but for the life of all of the dogs you send out into the world, too.


Most Docile Dog Breeds

1If you are a dog lover and want to increase the number of your pets from two individuals to a family you will need to have a complete knowledge about dog breeding. Breeding a litter however a very effort demanding and time taking process. You need to be very patient and careful if you decide to breed your bitch. If you are new to dog breeding and have no or little experience about the breeding process then you should read the resources on purebred breeders.  They provide the best and pure bred puppies in al over the U.S. they help you find the best puppies that are an ideal match for you and your family.

Despite the fact that dogs will pretty much become what you bring them up to be, many of the breeds tend to have natural qualities that rarely change, no matter the household they are raised in. For people who are happy to have a dog in the home, but have no personal experience with them, it is not surprising that they would seek out dog breeds that are known to be docile. Others may have had a bad experience with dogs when younger and want to get over their fear.

Certain breeds tend to be friendlier and more inclined to be obedient, making for a better choice in these situations. The best way to arrive at a suitable choice based on your personal needs and circumstances is to consult with a specialist. Organizations like are very helpful because they help match families with the right dog from a reputable, professional breeder. If you are still at the research stage however, here are a few recommended dog breeds that may be just what you are looking for.

  • Golden Retriever

Not much of a surprising recommendation, this breed is well known for its patience and friendly nature. It is a popular choice for families with young children who do not want to have to worry about leaving the animal alone with their kids. Their larger size allows them to cope well with small children climbing all over them. The dogs are also very smart and easily catch on when being trained. Much like with other dog breeds however they are still a bit hyper when puppies and you should set aside enough time to play with them to work off their energy. This is especially important if you do not have young children they can engage with.

  • Labrador retriever

This is another retriever breed that has a very sweet disposition. This breed is perfect for families and enjoys being with is owner.  It can be quite playful, especially when younger but grows into a loyal and protective pet. Their calm nature means you are less likely to ever see aggressive reactions from them, even when they meet other dogs. They are however a large breed and quite energetic. They are a good choice for those who have the space and time to enjoy them outdoors.

  • Poodle

It is with good reason that we often see poodles portrayed as pets for elderly ladies in movies. They are a very clever and gentle breed that actually does very well in households with small children. They are also very good for those with allergies as they shed very little. You can easily teach the dog tricks and still look forward to peace as they calmly settle down for naps.  They do however have more intense grooming needs.

  • Newfoundland

This breed is known to be very gentle in nature, despite its larger size.  Not only will it be very protective of your family, it really enjoys playing with children. The Newfoundland is great for young families and elderly couples. In some parts of the world it has been known to be a rescue animal, saving human lives in emergency situations. Its size however recommends it to homes with large outdoor areas. It also tends to shed a fair bit.

  • Bulldog

Smaller dogs are not often recommended for those looking for docility, especially if taking in a puppy. An exception can however be made for the bulldog that is a fairly lazy breed. They are very calm and surprisingly resilient when children bother them. They are also very loyal but tend to be somewhat stubborn. They do however do well even in smaller living quarters like apartments.

  • Greyhounds

Retired greyhounds are a very ideal choice for anyone looking for a calm animal. They are often happy to be off the racetrack and easily adapt to any new home situation. Despite their active lifestyle when younger, they do not require much exercise and can spend many hours curled up in a corner napping. Because they are however taken in when older, you cannot expect as much longevity as when adopting a puppy.

Remember again that dogs are in many ways like children. How you train and treat them will have a strong influence on their behavior. Where you need help curbing certain behaviors you should consult a professional like a dog trainer, breeder or your veterinarian. Dogs are a pleasure to have as pets in the home and when you teach them who is in charge you should not have problem enjoying their presence as a member of your household.