Information for Breeders

This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes information and articles which would be of interest to both existing dog breeders as well as for those considering becoming dog breeders.

For the potential dog breeder, there is a collection of informative articles that are must reads. The breeding of dogs is something that must be very seriously considered beforehand and if, after reading through this information, breeding is still something you are considering, then the articles provided for the existing dog breeder would also be of interest to you.

Also included here is a selection of Reference Books and DVDs specific to the subject of breeding dogs.

Must Read Information for the Potential Dog Breeder

Informative Articles and Guidelines for Existing Dog Breeders

  • Code of Practice for CKC Members — Link to the Canadian Kennel Club Code of Practice document, and applies to all breeders who are members of the CKC. Its purpose is to provide breeders with a set of mandatory standards and requirements relating to the proper maintenance, breeding, selling and overall protection of their chosen breed(s).
  • Responsible Breeding Steps — From the American Kennel Club
  • Pregnant Dog Care
    (Added: 25 May 2012)
  • Whelping Management by Cathy Ochs-Cline
  • Whelping List also by Cathy Ochs-Cline
  • Breeding, Whelping, and Rearing Puppies by Liza Lee Miller
    — This very informative article includes information on preparing the bitch, choosing the stud dog, pregnancy and puppy timelines, financial considerations, finding and choosing puppy buyers, and much more. (Note: This article has been placed under the section for the potential dog breeder as well.)
  • Stud Dog Management
  • Miracle Worker — "Come on, little man," I pleaded, tears of exhaustion and frustration rolling down my cheeks. "Hold on! You have to live!" For what seemed like the hundredth time that night, I opened the mouth of the tiniest little morsel of a collie puppy I'd ever seen, and placed a drop of milk-replacer formula on his tongue...Read More
  • Another Yellow Brick Road — The continuation to Raff's story — Miracle Worker, by Meredith Moore.
  • What is a Breeder? — The breeder is the mainspring of the dog world. Without the breeder, there would be no dogs. Without the dogs, there would be no kennel clubs, no dog shows, no judges, no handlers, no trainers, no dog food companies, no dog publications...Read More — Reprinted with permission from Trojan Reg'd Rottweilers.
  • Seven Foundations of a Successful Dog Breeder — by Jonathan Jeffrey Kimes
  • A Breeder's Formula
  • Super Dogs Are Made Not Born(PDF Format) — Just what are the critical periods in the life of a dog? What must a Breeder do and not do in order to help a pup develop his aptitudes to the highest possible potential? What can a Breeder do to assure a sound out-going temperament, while helping the pup develop confidence without being aggressively dominant? Where does the responsibility of the Breeder begin and end? It isn't enough to select a stud and bitch for their sound genetic qualities and temperament. Super dogs are not bred. They are carefully molded each step of the way through the established critical periods. This article provides some of the answers for the Breeder. Each of the critical periods is explained in everyday language. What must be done and what must not be done is spelled out in detail, along with the reasons why.
  • The Canine Diversity Project — The Canine Diversity Project is an attempt to acquaint breeders of domesticated Canidae (dogs) with the dangers of inbreeding and the overuse of popular sires.

Breeding Reference Books, DVDs, and More

Books are listed in alphabetical order by the author's name.

  • Born to Win: Breed to Succeed
    by Patricia Craige
    Philosophy, practical ideas, and experiences of one dedicated breeder-exhibitor, based on a lifetime in dogs! Planning a breeding program, making the plan work, becoming a winner!
    — Available from and from
  • The Standard Book of Dog Breeding: A New Look
    by Dr. Grossman
    — Available from
  • Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development
    by Pat Hastings & Erin Ann Rouse, Editors
    From Pat Hastings and other experts, learn about the impact of puppy-rearing practices and socialization on a puppy's ability to develop happily and confidently. A must for breeders and those interested in early puppy development.
    — Available from
  • The Whelping and Rearing of Puppies: A Complete and Practical Guide
    by Muriel P. Lee
    — Available from
  • The Complete Book of Dog Breeding
    by Dan Rice
    Sound guidance for serious breeders with details on the seasonality of heats, choosing and conditioning breeding stock, recognizing potential breeding problems, and more.
    — Available from
  • The Genetics of the Dog
    by A. Ruvinksy
    — Available from
    by Myra Savant-Harris, Published by Dogwise Publishing, 2006 Paperback Edition
    If puppies are on the way, you want those newborns to have the best possible chance of survival and good health. Learn how to administer simple but effective measures to help puppies in distress if you cannot call upon the services of a vet in a timely manner. What you need to know when you most need to know it delivered in friendly, non-technical terms from a long-time breeder. Comes with a 32 minute DVD to better illustrate the techniques recommended.
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    by Myra Savant-Harris, Published by Dogwise Publishing, 2005 Spiral Edition
    The essential breeder's guide to canine reproduction problems, artificial insemination, diet, progesterone levels, C-sections, whelping help, removal of dew claws and much, much more.
    — Available from
  • The Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog
    by Ann Seranne
    — Available from
  • Successful Dog Breeding: The Complete Handbook of Canine Midwifery, 2nd Edition
    by Chris Walkowicz, Bonnie Wilcox
    Handbook of canine midwifery. Leads you through the process of selecting a mate, orchestrating a match, caring for the pregnant bitch, and weaning puppies.
    — Available from
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