Most people breed for the wrong reasons and in doing so become an irresponsible breeder. Here are ten good reasons that you should NOT breed your female GSD!
1. We love our female. We think she is wonderful, beautiful, smart, etc… All good pet owners love their pets, but that is not enough reason to breed. While being beautiful and smart may make a great pet, this alone does not make her a good breeding dog.
2. We want her to have puppies. Your dog does not have the desire to be a mother. You will be risking her life to “let her” have puppies and she does not care one way or another.
3. We want my kids to experience it. There are many other ways for your kids to experience the miracle of birth responsibly. Consider fostering a pregnant rescue female! In the Akron area you can contact the Humane Society of Greater Akron to inquire about having your family volunteer or possibly fostering a dog.
4. She will make great puppies. Actually she probably won’t unless you have already taken the proper steps to ensure that she is in fact breed worthy.
5. She will love being a mommy. While some females do very well with the “job”, others are horrible mothers. Females can ignore their puppies leaving you to do all of the work such as feeding, cleaning and stimulating the puppies day and night. Females have also been known to injure or kill their puppies.
6. I want to continue her line/bloodlines/pedigree. Unless she is from a good breeder and out of titled/health tested parents then there really is no good reason to continue her “line”. Even if she is from something worth continuing, the fact is that there are many other dogs from the same or similar bloodlines. Your dog does not need to be bred.
7. It will calm her down. This is an old wives tail.
8. I want to make money. If breeding is done responsibly, you will not make money. Money should never be a goal in mind when deciding to breed your dog.
9. I know so many people who want a puppy from her. Most people who make this statement are never actually going to take a puppy when they are ready to go. And while some may really want a puppy, there are many puppies available through rescues or good breeders that you can refer them to. In the Akron area, check out the USCA Breed Directory page.
10. I want another one just like her. The fact is that you are highly unlikely to get another puppy “just like her”. Genetics do not work like that.