The demands on dog breeders grow increasingly complex in efforts to ensure future generations of dogs are bred responsibly.
Today's dog breeders have a number of different considerations to make when deciding whether to mate two dogs together, although the emphasis that each breeder places on these will vary according to what they are trying to achieve:
- Breed Type and Characteristics
- Health Screening
- Genetic Diversity
More information on these considerations
Predicting breed type and characteristics requires experience. If you are new to dog breeding then you should
seriously consider joining an appropriate breed club where you will be able to meet and talk to some very experienced
breeders. The guides below, however, can take you through the steps to gain a better idea of the health of
potential parents and the likelihood that they will not pass defective genes to their offspring, increasing the
chances that any puppies born will have the best chance of living a healthy life.
Mate Select has a number of services that will help breeders manage loss of diversity and benefit the breed as a whole.