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How to Start a Dog-Breeding Business

The idea of working out of your own home is appealing, especially when it involves being around man's best friend all day. With dedication and lots of planning, you can start a successful dog-breeding business.


  • Step 1: Provide your dogs with plenty of high-quality food and water.
  • Step 2: Vaccinate your pets annually to keep them healthy. The puppies will also need to be vaccinated. Remember, you are running a business and you want every member of your business to be able to be happy and healthy.
  • FACT: As of 2010, the world's tallest dog was Giant George, a 43-inch-tall Great Dane.
  • Step 3: Buy quality dogs from a breeder where the prices will be a little lower. They should be at least two months old. Learn as much as you can about the parents of the dogs you are considering buying, what their temperament was like, and if they were well taken care of.
  • Step 4: Learn the basics of dog breeding. Dogs start to mate after they are eight months old. They are ready to give birth 60 days after that. You must take care of the puppies for at least 2 months after they are born before you can sell them.
  • TIP: Read up on industry trends in the dog-breeding world.
  • Step 5: Make sure you have plenty of space for your dogs and all the puppies. A 10 foot by 10 foot space would do for a smaller dog breed like Pomeranian or Chihuahua. Expect to provide more space for a larger dog.
  • TIP: Consider the amount of space you will need for your dogs outside, as well as inside.
  • Step 6: Gather as much information as you can about dog-breeding. Talk to other breeders for tips, read about the breed you will be working with, and organize an internship so you can work with an established breeder.

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