7 Tips For Starting a Successful Dog Breeding Business

  • 27/04/2019
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dog-breeding.jpgDog breeding business is definitely one of the industries that, undeservingly, gets a lot of bad credit due to neglectful or irresponsible dog owners who mistreat these lovely creatures. However, for people who love dogs and see them as lifelong companions, no field of activity could be seen as worthier. First of all, this is an industry that has benefited dogs as a species throughout the history, seeing as how it has allowed for the appearance of new species, removal of undesired traits, preservation of rare breeds and more. Nonetheless, knowing why you do it is merely a first step in turning this into a successful business. Here are seven tips to help you get there in no time.

1. Have both male and female dogs

The first thing you need in order to start a successful dog breeding business are some beautiful dogs (preferably with great pedigree). Now, while it would be ideal to have both male and female dogs from different litters, keep in mind that this really isn’t necessary. You see, a breeding session can be arranged between two dog owners, with money or a puppy from the future litter as compensation. On the other hand, with the help of a vet, female dogs can be artificially inseminated as well.

2. Get your paperwork in order

One aspect of this business that often gets overlooked is the issue of proper paperwork. First, you need to register your kennel, regularly pay your taxes and get all the certificates in line. After all, you’re still a business. Then, make sure you have the paperwork regarding all your dogs. An official pedigree is something that will both determine the price and be insisted on by your clients. Taking care of this ahead of time is a massive burden off your shoulders.

3. Designing the kennel

Constructing a quality kennel is a costly project that straight off the bat determines your business capacities. For the sake of maintenance, you should set up the kennel on a concrete pad and keep a part of it covered in case of rain. Bear in mind, however, that this is a massive investment, which means that you’ll have to have some capital on your side. While using your personal funds might seem like a good idea, you might want to look for an additional source of funding to make it all work. One idea is to look up affordable online loans as a means of funding your business. Alternatively, you could ask your friends and family for help, but unresolved money matters may ruin your relationship.

4. Collaborate with a reliable vet

Other than just caring for your dogs, you need to understand that they are your source of income. It means that should anything happen to them; you might stand to lose money (other than just becoming emotionally distressed). This is why you need a reliable vet on your side. Besides treating the sick, they need to take blood samples from female dogs in order to see when the time is right for breeding, as well as to confirm the pregnancy later on.

5. Have all the necessary supplies

Having to feed so many canines is not a laughing matter, which means that you have to set aside a portion of your funds for dog supplies. Dog food and vitamins are crucial; however, you also need to get some basic maintenance/cleaning equipment in order to keep the kennel clean. Bear in mind that, apart from just paying for these supplies, you also need to think about keeping them in adequate conditions. Unless you already have them, this too might be something worth including in your construction process. 

6. Online advertising

In this digital era, the whole planet is your marketplace. It would be safe to say that every corner of the world has a potential buyer and that a beautiful dog with a good pedigree may be worth shipping half-a-way across the globe. Still, in order to reach out to these international audiences, you will probably have to start advertising online. At the very least, it would be a smart idea to start using social networks to advertise your offer. Once you develop the following amongst dog enthusiasts, you’ll enter a sub-community that will help you develop an easier growth.

7. Selling them for a profit

The last thing you need to understand is how to sell these dogs at a profit. Keep in mind that breeding itself costs money and so do the feeding, housing and training. While selling puppies yields the least profit, it’s also a business model that requires the smallest investment and carries the lowest level of risk. Adult canines, especially pregnant female dogs, are the most profitable, yet, getting there takes time, supplies and investment.

Of course, there’s much more to this industry (and this lifestyle) than it could fit any blog post. For those who want to grow in this field, two things are necessary. First, they need to learn as much as they can about the animals and second, they must study the business world. Regardless if it’s a dog breeding business or any other, writing a business plan, handling your accounts and conducting a marketing campaign are universally important skills. This, however, is a topic for another time.

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