This page is designed to give those considering breeding an idea of what is involved, both in costs and time/effort commitment needed. (For costs see the table below, for effort please see Work Involved).
As you will see, most breeders do not make much, if any money from a litter.
If you are hoping to breed to make money you are breeding for the wrong reason!
The main reason to breed should be to improve the breed.
From table below you can see that we test all our breeding animals for eyes and hips/elbows. In the future it is likely that Von Williebrands Disease and thyroid testing will also be added.
Health testing is not cheap nor is it an iron clad guarantee. However, it does help track possible problems and lets you breed with the healthiest animals you can. (Our health testing results can be found here Health).
The real work involved in having a Litter does not cover everything a breeder does during the 9 weeks of the bitches pregnancy, nor during the 8 weeks they have the puppies – if it did it would be a massive document. It is just mean to give an overview and an idea of just how much is involved in raising a litter of puppies.
Note: It covers what FireDragon Kennels do with their litters. All breeders will be slightly different in their approach, but the basic concepts are the same.
Costs as of June 2005 in Victoria, Australia
Assumes that 10 pups are born and survive.
|Dam eye test/annum||55|
|Dam hip/elbow test||297|
|puppies vaccinations (55* no of pups)||550|
|puppies microchip (50* no of pups)||500|
|puppies eye test (55+43* no of pups)||450|
|puppies dew claws (55+10* no of pups)||155|
|First vet check||55|
|emergencies (hopefully not needed)||?|
|litter rego (24.50*no of puppies)||245|
|Original equipment costs:|
The owner of the Stud Dog will normally take care of the testing of their dog and thus their costs are not included here.
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