To find a dog you can breed your own dog with, you must follow three simple steps:
- Understand your dog’s weaknesses
- List the partner’s ideal complementary characteristics
- Find the ideal mating partner in dog shows or online communities
Most dog breeders will own a single breeding dog or a single gender. Some prefer to focus on breeding male studs while others favor bitches. Unless you are very experienced, you do not want to breed both genders within your own kennel. Ideally, you want to own one dog, and look outwardly to find complementary mating partners.
Finding a dog to breed with your dog is a process that happens in real life as well as on popular and trusted online communities. Health checks and pedigree analyses must be performed assiduously to avoid expensive mistakes.
Assess Your Dog
Long before making the decision to breed your pet and finding a dog to breed with your dog, you must take into consideration your dog’s weaknesses and strengths. Knowing what your dog is good at, what he excels at, and what he can improve will prove to be absolutely invaluable when it comes to the future of your breeding business.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Running a kennel is a long process that entails numerous periods of trial and error and backtracking from initial plans. These experiences serve to provide valuable insight into your dog’s basic assessment. Often times, a breeder may recognize certain traits that at first glance were not apparent and will have to consider these new findings into their future breeding plans. Breeding dogs is a moving target.
Finding a mating partner and recognizing certain litter aspects will only produce fruition when a certain amount of predictability can be expected. In doing so, you will be able to take into account what certain desirable, and undesirable, traits in your dog are worth accounting for. You can, at any given time, be able to gauge with a more confident certainty which strengths are present in litters and how they affect the overall regime in terms of breeding perfect and being recognized in shows.
Your dog’s shortcomings should also be a focus as it will help determine where exactly a breeder needs to take charge and begin making viable changes to lessen the effects of the weaknesses, or at least be able to assess how these traits are likely to reproduce.
It’s a good idea to look back on your dog’s track record now and fortify a legit track sheet of all his strengths and shortcomings by looking into pedigrees, distinguishing what activities he is best at, and past accomplishments, as well as the activities he does not particularly enjoy or is necessarily “skilled” to do.
Moreover, if your dog has participated in dog shows and trials in the past, keep track and take note of what judges have said about your dog and the type of praise and criticism he has received. In addition, it’s a great idea to take note of his or her offspring. If your dog has already produced a litter, look at the puppies’ trajectory and evolution in terms of appearance, skills, and overall health. Assess your dog’s siblings’ puppies in the same manner by determining factors that are missing, and those that are worthy of praise.
Outline the Ideal Partner
At this point, you should already have a clear appraisal of your dog’s most strategic aspects as well as any critical attributes that may hinder the bloodline in the future. Now it’s time to draw a portrait of an ideal mating partner that will accommodate your breeding plan and provide the right mix of qualities to secure your findings.
Imperatively, you must realize that without a correct and measurable evaluation of your own dog’s positive and negative features, you won’t have the necessary foundation to instruct the formal proceedings of finding the perfect partner. This is because you just won’t have concrete traits to base your outline off and judge dogs by.
Strive for Balance
You want a dog who will unequivocally complement your dog in every way possible. Consider this, your dog’s weaknesses are not necessarily bad nor does it make him any less valuable in a breed standard. What your dog’s weaknesses tell you and highlight is that you need more of what is missing, basically, to make up for it in a potential mating partner. Likewise, your dog’s inherent strengths will hold as a leverage for his mate’s shortcomings within the same means. In finding a mate for your dog, you want to strive for balance.
You want to find measurable and factual criteria, as opposed to observing the abstract features many breeders often mistakenly do. Measurable qualities include features such as possessing a muscular body as opposed to a weaker stature, long legs as opposed to shorter ones, or the color of the eyes and coat, to name a few. This is to give you a general idea of what to look for when creating the ideal outline that will produce measurable results. Try to avoid abstract descriptions that don’t necessarily define your dog’s factual appearance, but gives more of an open, general assessment such as “fast dogs“, for example. Once your ideal dog mate is established, the process of picking him or her out in the herd will be much more feasible.
Finding the Dog to Breed with Yours
Finding the right mating partner for your dog really depends on what type of dog you own and most importantly, what gender of dog you are trying to breed. If you own a female, you may want to consider looking into a stud service. If you own a male, you can initiate your own stud service for attracting the perfect female dogs. If you don’t know enough about stud services, now is the time to inform yourself about how it works.
National Breed Clubs
National breed clubs are often prime candidates for seeking your desired canine mate. Check your breed clubs for your selected breed. After contacting your specified club, you will automatically be referred to stud owners who match your criteria. This process can be quite handy as they provide stud contracts that detail the dog’s performance, skills, and pedigree analysis and both parties will remain with a copy. In addition, the best places you can gain insight into a dog and his or her life is by making yourself present in the places where you can actually see the dog in action and perform.
Dog shows are brimming with opportunistic applicants and all you have to do is sit back and observe. Dog shows, as well as the numerous national and international pet events, all help breeders in seeing the dogs in all their rawness and originality. This serves as a way to shop and “peruse the aisles” before purchasing, so to speak.
Additionally, by attending dog shows regularly and even when you have no cock in the fight, you will inevitably learn which breeders should be trusted. On the same token, you will be able to know what bloodlines are popular, and frequently winning.
Using the Internet and its wide range of media to find the right breeder is possible but not recommended, unless the breeder is very much reputable in your location. Facebook Groups are binary so they will either be wonderful and packed with knowledgeable breed fanciers, or full of scammers. Never ever go ahead without seeing the dog and visiting the breeder’s kennel facilities first.
It’s important to remain in close contact with the breeder in which you will be conducting your breeding affairs. The point here is to make worthwhile, and profitable, connections. However, do not rush the process. This needs to be taken in gradual steps. Get to know the breeder over time and let the process naturally progress. This will also give you time to assess things with clarity. After enough trust has been reasonably established over some time and both breeders have gotten to know each other, as well as both the mating dogs, you can go ahead with your desired plan. The dogs, at this time, will already be familiar with one another.