How To Start Your Own
Wanna try your hand in this particular venture? Molde shares some of the tricks she has learned from her long experience in the trade.
- Map out space. The first thing to do, she said, is to check out your available space. If there is a small space only, she said the best option is to go for the smaller breeds like Pomeranian, Shih Tzu and Chihuahua. According to her, a 3×3-meter space would do for starters.
- Stay in the loop. Make it a habit to read pamphlets and talk to other breeders for tips and to stay updated on industry trends.
- Focus on the food. Ensuring that your mutts stay well fed is one of the main ingredients for success in this line of business. Molde says for 10 small dogs, a 25-kilo sack of dog food ought to be enough for a month. “If you have 10 small dogs, your expenses will only be about P2,500 per month for maintenance, and that would include the dog food and vitamins. You will also need clean water, of course, particularly for puppies,” she said.
- It’s a home based business. This business lends itself well for stay at home people, because they can watch over the dogs from time to time while doing other house chores. If you have a day job, you can feed the dogs before going to work and then do it again when you come back.
- Vaccines are very important. Make sure your dogs are vaccinated annually.
- Keep track of your schedule. Dogs normally start to mate after eight months, it will then take them another 60 days to give birth. You will need to take care of the puppies for another two months before selling them. These two months will cover the four weeks of deworming, and 5-in-1 vaccines for the fifth week and seventh week.
- Make sure you get quality dogs. “If you are a beginner, it is best to buy from a breeder and not from the pet shops because the prices are lower and you can go back for replacements,” Molde said.
Tips: The fastest selling breeds, Josephine said, is the Shih Tzu. Its puppies sell for P10,000 for female and P8,000 for male.
Once you have learned the techniques and have become acquainted with the trade, that is the time to go for the larger and more expensive breeds. But she warned that these varieties do not sell as fast as the smaller ones, and they require bigger space.
In the end, Josephine said the most important thing to do is to love the dogs, cuddle them, and really spend for them. The satisfaction they bring and the return in investment, of course, will make you feel that it is really worthwhile to consider the dogs as man’s best friend.
Caring for Your Dogs
To ensure that the dogs are healthy you have to make an investment in giving them the best of the best. There are expenses to cover just like in any other business including the cost of vaccines to prevent illnesses on the puppies. You can’t always count the puppies will be 100% healthy, even in careful cases of selection and mating, there has been cases of ill puppies. These puppies must be treated with love while at the same time you can’t sell them as part of your dog breeding business.
Make sure the dogs you purchase for the purpose of breeding undergo a thorough evaluation. You need to know everything about the dog before you start training and mating. This will help prevent problems down the breeding line.
Have all the dog’s documents, including medical history, proof of registration, and other items, up-to-date at all times. This is required for customers who expect proof of pedigree, and to sell the puppies with all documentation ready to go.
Once you have a few female dogs you’ll need a place in which to house them safely and comfortably. In most places it’s not required that you register a kennel if it only contains 2 or 3 dogs. If you want, name your kennel and register the name with the PCCI. This is a good way to advertise your dog breeding business and build up a reliable reputation within the community.
As your business grows, consider getting a permit for the kennel. After you learn how to start a dog breeding business, make sure you continue to learn how to expand your operations. In addition to breeding, you could also expand into a dog kennel business.
Your dogs will require a good amount of care while pregnant, and need at least one prenatal visit to the veterinarian. More visits may be required depending on the situation. Learn about the birthing process ahead of time and prepare properly for the event. Do everything you can to keep the dog healthy during the pregnancy.
Set aside a comfortable spot for the birth to take place with a whelping box, clean towels, and a heating pad. You can either purchase a whelping box or make one yourself.
More Business Tips
If you want your dogs to be part of the professional dog breeding community, it’s essential to know the standards that have been set in place for the breed. Keeping up to date on breed trends is a key element of success when learning how to start a dog breeding business.
Join local associations with other dog breeders to forge good relationships in the industry and keep up with the latest news and information. You may want to show your dogs at competitions so it’s easier to fetch a higher price for your puppies at a later date.
Of course, breeding dogs is a continual learning process, so it’s recommended that you research the history, appearance, feeding habits, temperament, and other information on your breed beforehand. Learn about the grooming and training required to keep up the standards of the breed.
Where to find dog breeds locally?
You can check both ads online or offline at Buy&Sell ads.
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