Dog breeding and dog grooming are very popular this time and lot of pet lover want to know more about various dog breeds. What is the reason behind this? Perhaps due to their fierce loyalty to their masters dogs are referred to as man’s best friend. As dogs have been disciplined around 15,000 years ago, it makes the dog an ideal pet. There are various dog breeds such as Terrier and Mastiff, and dog types. These these two words shouldn’t be confused as dog type means to categorize the animals by the function it performs. Breeding dogs is the practice of allowing specially selected specimens to mate in order to preserve or create certain qualities or traits.
The qualities of the puppies are left for nature to decide when dogs reproduce without human involvement. Getting an enhanced new generation of dogs would thus be the motive of many dog owners who breed dogs. However, breeding dogs is not an easy task. One needs to have a rather comprehensive knowledge about the genetics of the dog, health and its intended purpose in order to be successfully breeding dogs. In addition, dog breeders normally record the birth of puppies in stud books of associations like kennel clubs, where the data regarding the dog including, the dog’s lineage and special achievements are entered. The American Kennel Club (AKC) is one such famous organization.
It’s crucial when it comes to breeding dogs that correct records are kept about dogs. Once an owner is in possession of data regarding the dog, he/she could analyze them and figure out what qualities could be anticipated and what should be avoided. The decision regarding whether to inbreed or to outcross is one that should be taken by the dog breeder. In addition, there are certain rules and regulations that have to be followed when breeding dogs. According to the breed, kennel club and country these regulations may vary. Generally, the rules are designed for the well being of a certain breed or a few dog breeds and dog breeders have to stick to the laws of an organization to be recruited in their breed programs. Different test might have to be done in addition to come to a decision regarding the health condition and qualities of the dog in question in accordance with these regulations and an evaluation by and expert breeder might also be necessary.
Although breeding dogs is a popular thing, there are certain groups who oppose and condemn the practice. Animal rights groups state that breeding dogs to be sold is immoral and claim that most breeders care only about the profit while totally disregarding the welfare of the animal. In addition inbreeding has also been criticized as this may cause the inherent genetic disorders of the dogs to continue into new generations.
Thus, breeding dogs can be considered a very delicate matter. A comprehensive knowledge is required by anyone who wishes to perform it.