Advice for breeders

Introduction to Breeding

We would like to advise that you should not consider breeding a golden retriever bitch unless you have consulted a vet. The information on this page is highly researched but it is not alternative to the care and advice a vet can provide. Breeding is a big responsibility which is why it should be taken very seriously. It is a good idea to take professional insights into breeding and a reputable and experienced breeder nearby could be of help. You should not seek monetary rewards from profession of breeding as breeders these days do not make good earnings from selling breeds.

goldenretriever-adviceWhy do you want to breed?

If you want to contribute to the society by producing a breed that scientists can use to produce better animal based products and livestock, then breeding should be the perfect profession for you. However, you should consider doing a course, such as animal or agricultural science, before you take up breeding.

How much space do they require?

Though it is not really necessary, you should consider having a roomy and fenced backyard for your puppies. What would be a must is a large home with an extra room or two for the puppies’ beds and toys. You must consider the space requirements for the Golden Retrievers before you breed a bitch.

Do you have the patience and responsibility?

If you are not patient enough, you should not take up breeding as your profession. If you are one of those who yell at kids and friends, then you should step away from this profession. You must be flexible enough to make sure the puppies will get affection. You may have to correct the behaviour of your puppies over and over again. Each puppy has flaws in its character and temperament and you must wait for it to soak the lessons and corrections you provide.

Can you provide constant care?

As a responsible breeder, you should always be ready to provide care to the sire and dam. To tell the truth, you should expect good and healthy puppies only if the parents are healthy (both mentally and physically) before the puppies are born. It is imperative that you be able to provide:

  • Screening for genetic problems
  • Veterinary care
  • Good nutrition
  • Regular exercise
  • Pre-breeding health tests

Do you have the canine commitment?

You will have to dedicate a good 10 to 14 hours a day to your Goldens to prepare them for breeding. You must accept the canine commitment before you decide to breed. If you cannot be committed to the overall healthcare of your Goldens over the long haul, you should not proceed.

Do you know your legal responsibilities?

According to the Breeding and Sale of Dogs Act 1999, if someone enters upon a career of breeding dogs, they must get a license if the female dog gives birth to 5 or more litters in any given period of 12 months. The breeder must stick to the following:

House Keeping Record Keeping
Construction Disease And Infection Control
Accommodation Numbers Of Puppies
Bedding Identifying Marks
Kitchen Facilities Whelpings
Cleanliness And Disinfection Matings
Exercise Areas Sales Records
Isolation Facilities Oestrus
Fire Prevention
Emergency Procedures
Food, Water, Storage And Provision
Staff Training And Facilities

How to prepare the bitch?

The minimum age for breeding Golden Retriever bitches is 2 years. Are you sure that the bitch is mature enough to give birth to more than 5 or 6 litters? To prepare the bitch, you must provide your female Golden Retriever sufficient nutrition, training and health care. For more information, you should consider consulting a vet.

Paperwork required

You must not forget to record the following:

Litter Record Heat Record Additional Litter Info Puppy Record
Breed Name of bitch Time each puppy was born Ribbon colour
Registered name and KC number of dam Litter Number (way to differentiate between litters at your kennel) Ribbon colour or other identifying mark Call Name
Registered name and KC number of sire Date of onset Colour of puppy Registered Name
Sire’s owner’s name Interval Sex Sex
Date mated Smear date and results Weight at birth Colour
Date litter whelped Progesterone Test date and results Length at birth KC Litter No.
Number of male puppies born Breeding dates and comments on breeding A description of any problems KC Registration No.
Number of female puppies born Palpitation dates and results Whelping date Date of Birth
KC Litter Number Ultrasound date and results Sire and Dam Sire and Dam
Sex, Colour/Markings, Puppy ID number, Date Sold, Date Died, Name and address of person to whom sold, Dates when following paperwork was supplied: registration application or certificate and bill of sale; name and KC number of puppy. X-ray date and results Time whelping started and ended Weight at Birth and when sold
Notes on pregnancy Notes on whelping Vaccinations Given
(Date and Type)
Track weight gain weekly Owner (include address and telephone numbers)
Track temperature from day 58-65, 3 times daily Date sold
Date and time whelping began Conditions of sale
Date and time whelping ended Price
Date and time whelping ended Notes on Development and Temperament
Notes on whelping On the back of this form, track the weight of the puppies daily until they are three weeks old and then weekly thereafter.

Litter and Puppy Registration

As a breeder, you ought to register your litter with the Kennel Club. To do so, you need to complete the application to deliver the correct paperwork to your buyers. After you are done with the registration process, you will be sent a registration form in order for the buyers to register with the Kennel Club.

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