Are you thinking about breeding your dog (or cat)? Part 1
Many people, who are not hobby or professional breeders, decide they would like to breed their dog (or cat) one time. There are many reasons for this including: their pets are aging and they want a replacement; they want to carry on the lineage of their beloved pet; they think it would be a good experience for their children; they want a new puppy and don't want have to try to find the right breeder to do it; they want to get in on the trends in producing designer dogs.
There are over 400 officially-recognized dog breeds and 70 cat breeds worldwide. Most breeds have been developed to suit a particular need/niche. Combination of two or more purebred animals to develop a new breed with specific traits from each of the other breeds takes many years of careful planning. Simply breeding two dogs of different breeds together will result in a litany of characteristics which cannot be consistently recreated. It takes at least 17 generations of breeding to have consistent genetic traits.
When breeding dogs, remember most will be placed as pets, so it is important to breed healthy animals that will have good quality of life and longevity.
Combining two breeds not only brings the good traits, but also the bad ones. If both breeds have the same trait or gene, the result may be amplified considerably. This is great for good traits or genes, but can be disastrous for bad traits or genes. Health testing for both parents, along with any of their siblings should be performed. Check the National Breed Club website health page and the AKC CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) database for the types of tests that should be performed for each breed.
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