World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. For the occasion, we have listed 5 amazing dog breeding books for dog breeds who are really passionate and devoted to improving their breed and want to flirt with breeding excellence. From canine genetics and dog DNA to socializing your newborn puppies, everything is covered with these wonderful books!
1. Breeding Dogs For Dummies
— by Richard G. Beauchamp
This is a classic for everybody who starts breeding dogs, it is made following the same spirit of the “For Dummies” series and vulgarises most concepts. It is a great introduction to what dog breeding is about. From understanding the genetics and genotype characteristics behind purebred dogs to finding the right owners for your well-socialized pups: Breeding Dogs For Dummies is the perfect little guide to start, run and grow your dog breeding kennel!
2. The Dog Breeder's Handbook
— by Breeding Business
Join thousands of dog breeders and read over 200 pages to learn the most updated dog breeding knowledge: canine genetics, breeding techniques, care to a pregnant bitch, rearing newborn puppies, marketing your kennel name, etc.
Being a dog breeder is hard work. Beyond choosing and caring for your dogs, you need to think about local licensing, health and safety rules, and eventually sell your puppies to the right homes. Many dog breeders don’t make it because they ignore or underestimate the workload, stress and expenses linked to breeding dogs.
This offering is no bland book—it’s a barking learning program that will help you avoid the most common pitfalls that plague dog breeders. Myths, reality, do’s and don’ts…
When you dive into this program, you read modern knowledge and genetics-based information. This is not a get-rick-quickly scheme, but we can assure you that dog breeding when executed rightly, is pleasurable. Seeing that sparkle in your future forever homes will fill you with joy and pride.
Too many people affirm that you cannot make a profit if you breed your dogs properly, and it is indeed difficult, but who cares? We are helping you lose as little money as possible while keeping your breeding program as close to perfect as possible.
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3. Puppy Intensive Care: A Breeder's Guide to Care of Newborn Puppies
— by Myra Savant-Harris
One of the most important part of a dog breeder’s life and adventure throughout his years of activity is the care given to the brood bitch and her pups. Once the litter is here, you have to care for the newborn puppies. Because you are living sharing your house with your vet, you need learn these skills in case of emergency or just for precautionary measures. With this great book, written with non-technical terms from a long-time breeder, you will know how to dispense and apply effective measures to help puppies in distress and anxiety.
4. The Dog Breeder's Guide to Successful Breeding and Health Management
— by Margaret V. Root Kustritz
The book is a deeper dive into breed improvement and dog genetics. However, too keep it simple to the reader, each section begins with frequently asked questions and their answers that will then be developed in the next pages. This Bible gives the reader a general knowledge of canines’ body systems and their influence through the whole breeding process. The most important points developed in this book include male and female reproductive systems, pharmacology, vaccinations, genetics, microbiology, endocrinology, parasitology, and nutrition.
5. Breeding a Litter: The Complete Book of Prenatal and Postnatal Care
— by Beth J. Finder Harris
Going above the common knowledge and basics, Beth J. Finder Harris offers key information and explanations on the various steps a dog breeder goes through in his breeding business: the selection of his breeding stock, the care given to newborn puppies, the social conditions and the puppy development, the breeders’ responsibilities towards Nature and the Dog, the paperwork, contracts and sales advice.
6. Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health
— by W. Jean Dodds and Diana R. Laverdure
A must-have for any dog owner, dog breeder and dog passionate, this oeuvre explains how brilliant health begins within the cells and gives the reader the keys of transforming your dog’s cellular health with the power of the ground-breaking nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of the interaction of nutrition with genes and vice versa. Especially with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease. If you love this topic, I would highly recommend our introduction article about the biologically appropriate raw food diet for dogs written by a dog breeder herself!