Breeder Julie Martinez Mittelwest Kennels Wonder Lake IL explains the process behind breeding your own female German Shepherd dog. It takes time and effort to establish and prove your female’s breed worthiness, find a proper stud dog and take the necessary steps to educate yourself about the breed that you chose. Once this has been done, you are ready to breed your first litter.
First step should be to contact the stud dog owner and make sure that the dog will available during the timeframe that your female is in heat. Please make sure that your female checks in at proper weight, is in good health and condition. If you find out that your female is under or overweight, you should wait until that normalizes before breeding her. This can put unneeded risk for her and the puppies. All of these conditions should be met in order to ensure that your female avoids all possible complications during pregnancy and whelping.
Julie Martinez Mittelwest Kennels Wonder Lake IL cautions to watch your female very close as she gets close to coming into season. It is important to catch the first day of her heat. Be aware of the fact that some females will keep themselves clean and it could be easy to miss that day. If this is a case with your female, wipe her with a white issue daily and check for any signs of blood.
You can consider it the first day of the heat cycle when you notice any discharge. Immediately contact the owner of your partnering stud dog and let them know that your female has entered her heat cycle. You will also need to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian and have necessary testing done, such as brucellosis at this time.
You will also need to start thinking about doing the progesterone testing. Some breeders will elect to conduct this type of a test at a regular interval, while others do not do it at all. These tests can be expensive and it is sometimes required to do a few of them at a time and costs can add up. However, be mindful that the added cost can be the difference between having a nice size litter and not having any puppies at all. With this in mind, the initial added cost can be worth it.
Julie Martinez Mittelwest Kennels Wonder Lake IL is an established German Shepherd breeder in the greater Chicago area.