Whether you are a voracious book worm or the kind of man who only reads when new skills need to be learned there are a few books that every dog breeder, occasional or professional, should read.
We have written this article so you have the definitive list of the best dog breeding books that should already be on your bookshelf, Kindle or iPad.
1. The Dog Breeder's Handbook
Your definitive ebook to start, run, market and grow your dog breeding business from day one. This is the most up-to-date breeding guide and it does offer all the modern tools for you to profit from responsible dog breeding using various breeding methods and cutting-edge, easy to implement, marketing strategies. The Dog Breeder’s Handbook deals with what really matters for dog breeders, whether they are full-time or occasional.
It explains a lot more than what’s listed below but it includes how to:
- use the most appropriate dog breeding styles
- elaborate your breeding plan
- write a dog breeding business plan
- setup your own legal company
- look after your accounting and bookkeeping
- avoid breed-specific hereditary conditions
- pick the best breeding and founding stock
- manage mating, pregnancy and whelping
- rear your puppies and raise your litters
- feed your dogs like a real dog breeder
- become a reputable breeder
- soar your dogs’ value to increase margins
- attend the right dog shows at the right time
- build your own professional website in 5 minutes
- master social media and search engine optimization
- sell your dogs at the right place for the right amount
Most books only go through a particular part of what the life of a dog breeder is about, but this dog breeder’s guide is about the dogs, the breeding, the business, and the marketing. Over 200 pages of amazing content!
THIS BOOK IS FOR… new and experienced dog breeders who want to step up their breeding and selling game to the next level
2. The Dog Breeder's Guide to Successful Breeding and Health Management
This heavy book digs deeper into breed improvement and dog genetics but to 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 work gives the reader a vulgarised 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, microbiology, endocrinology, parasitology, and nutrition.
This volume does not touch the business side of the breeder’s life, and even less the marketing side. It only deals with dog genetics and health management. It is an important book to have for all professional full-time breeders!
THIS BOOK IS FOR… professional breeders with advanced knowledge already acquired but looking at improving the breed
3. Breeding Dogs: A Practical Guide
The author has written several articles and books on dog-related subjects and was featured on radio and television multiple times. Stephen Hollings, her husband, and she has been breeding sound and healthy Weimaraners that stayed true to the breed’s characteristics and they succeeded at breeding over sixty-five UK champions!
Patsy Hollings wrote this book for newcomers in the breeding industry, whether they are in it for the pleasure of rearing dogs at home or with a view to exhibiting. She puts an emphasis on the duties and responsibilities involved in creating a genetically-sound dog that will require a healthy existence, thorough socialization and the commitment of its new owners for most of their own lives.
THIS BOOK IS FOR… inexperienced dog breeders eager to learn the breeding basics about working with a dog stock
4. The Dog Encyclopedia
Covering history, breeds, standards, dog care, health and training, The Dog Encyclopedia is an indispensable owner’s guide and reference for every soon-to-be dog whisperer.
Through all these pages, you will find an extensive list of over 400 dog breeders, with pictures, profiling, and high-quality photographs. This is not a book dealing with dog breeding properly speaking but, it does deal with the dog world and dog history, which is a must-know for all dog breeders. It lets you look at dogs from a historical perspective, and offers a fact-packed guide to canine evolution, grooming and even a 101 on fictional dogs and heroes.
THIS BOOK IS FOR… everybody who loves Dogs with a capital D, those who want to know more than their own breed
5. The Science Behind Canine Raw Feeding
A lot of the information is clinical and scientific rather than helping the dog breeder to actually use the diet, it is a great foundation for breeders to understand why and how raw feeding should be put in lace.
Hope Turner details the evolution of dogs and their feeding history and breaks down the details of canine digestion to explain why raw is best in a clear and understandable manner.
THIS BOOK IS FOR… breeders who want to understand how to naturally feed their dogs with scientific facts to support everything it states
6. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk shares hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition.
When dog breeders outline their social media strategy, they plan for the “right hook”—their next ad or campaign that’s going to showcase their new best litter. “Jabbing”, on the other hand, is patiently engaging with potential customers to build the relationships crucial to successful social media campaigns.
The winning combination of jabs and right hooks is explained by Gary Vaynerchuk in a time where social networks proliferate like bunnies. It’s not just about developing high-quality content, but developing high-quality content perfectly adapted to specific social media platforms!
THIS BOOK IS FOR… business owners who want to sell more using social media as a primary marketing strategy
Let’s Wrap This Up!
These books are touching different topics and reading them all gives you the keys to excellence in your domain: profitable dog breeding business.
You cannot just be good at breeding dogs, or good at doing business, you must be great at both. This is the only way you will be able to work hard and yield amazing results and profits that will allow you to sustain your passion and activity.