SO, YOU WANT TO
BE A BREEDER ....
(An extract from the Compuserve dog world forum - author unknown)
So you want to be a breeder do
you? Good for you! That's what I am, a breeder. But before you decide to go
ahead and breed dogs, here are a few things you need to know, and a few things
you need to have.
1. You'll need to be willing to clean up vomit, urine, feces, chewed up
couches, ruined shoes, and destroyed garbage cans. Then you'll need to be
willing to do it all over again the next day, and the next, and the next....
2. You'll need a strong stomach, to be able to stand the stench of rotting
fetuses aborted mid term by your pregnant bitch you've been waiting two
years to breed. You'll need that strong stomach when you look down on the
occasional deformed monster your bitch gives birth to, and you'll need it
when you humanely destroy that same puppy.
3. You'll need a strong heart to
be able to nurture and love your healthy puppies until they're ready to be
sold into the hands of strangers who may abuse, neglect, starve, beat, or
at best ignore them. You'll need that strong heart when even the puppies
that go to good homes end up run over by accident, or put down from illness.
You'll need it when the tears of those good owners are pouring their way
into your heart.
4. You'll need lots of room to
be able to keep bitches in heat away from stud dogs, stud dogs away from each
other, and puppies away from everything. Don't forget about those last two
pups that you couldn't find homes for, or the rescue dog your breed club begged
you to take in, or the pup from your last litter that the owners decided just
wasn't right for them.
5. You'll need to be able to stand
grief and loss. Like the way you'll feel the first time you lose a bitch
during labor, and realize that it was your decision to breed her that killed
her. You'll need it when you explain to your kids why the miracle of birth
has a dark side as well.
6. You'll need an employer that
will understand if you have to take time off work because your bitch died
in labor and you're tube feeding the new puppies.
..........Wait a minute you're
saying by now! Give me a break! All you breeders are the same. You only tell
us the gory stuff, the stuff intended to scare us off breeding forever. What
about the money? I mean you guys just don't want anyone else to compete
Oh yes the money, glad you mentioned
7. You'll need money. Lots of it.
Probably lots more than you have, especially if the above mentioned employer
didn't turn out to be so sympathetic after all. Lets do some math shall
we? Vet bills, Cesarean section, stud fees, registrations, shots, worming,
puppy check ups, special diets, whelping gear.... Let's say an average of
$2500 per litter, if nothing complicated arises. All this must be paid out
before the first puppy ever sells, assuming that they're not all stillborn,
in which case don't forget the cost of autopsies. Even if every puppy in
the litter is show quality (we can all dream after all) and you find each
one a dream home, you're still going to lose about $750 per litter.
.........Wait! Where are you going?
I didn't tell you about show fees, or handling, or picking the right stud
dog, or government forms, or AKC registrations, or dog runs, or irate neighbours,
or city licenses.......