Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I'm sort of going that direction, though I own a male so luckily I don't have the bulk of the work or expense dealing with the pregnancy and puppies, but even starting out with one male dog there is a lot to learn. I have a friend who has bred over 30 litters (different breed, but same species) and owns a stud dog and she is helping me with all the gory details. Also the first breeding my male is doing will be to a friend's female and my friend is also experience with breeding and owning a stud dog so she will show us the ropes. It's funny, I always thought the hardest part would be getting the dogs trained, titled, getting all the right health certs, and finding complimentary pedigrees to breed but there's a lot of other details that make it a ton of work (writing up a stud contract, deciding how often to test my dog for brucellosis, what is the time frame and type of bruc. testing I will accept from a dam, making sure my stud dog will mount a female, making sure he can be collected if needed for long distance, making sure he actually has viable sperm, making sure I have a good repro vet nearby for any sort of emergency and one that will do AI and ship chilled semen when requested). I've also been doing tournaments almost once a month and now I have to think about the requests I've had to use my male and whether I can make him "available" at a moment's notice based on the bitch's progesterone testing or whether I'd rather miss a breeding to keep competing (we never compete locally). I suppose it would be a LOT easier if you owned the male(s) and female(s) and did everything in house.