I'm working on a GoFundMe to raise starting and operating capital to actually make this venture go from a guy with a good idea to a fully fledged organization that will serve the disabled veteran/wounded warrior/military and first responder community. (Well, we already started, and have donated two pups, but I bore the total costs for that, and folks, it ain't cheap.)
I'll provide a breakdown of everything that goes into breeding *good* dogs for you, just to give you an idea.
First, you need a bitch. Not just any girl in heat will do, either. What you need is a dog with a great lineage, so you know what kind of genes you're dealing with.
Then you need to make sure she's healthy. That means more than a trip to the vet to ensure she's able to bear pups without killing her.
You need to ensure she has good hips and elbows, so that you aren't passing on dysplasia.
Then you need her annual eye exam, to ensure there's no signs of eye problems because you don't want to pass that along.
You're going to require these things of the sire, too. (If you're using your own or from someone else's dog.)
So now you're in for about $1000.
But wait! There's more!
You've set up the deal for fresh chilled semen to be shipped to you because the breeder is 1500 miles away, and an amorous rendezvous isn't in the cards for your dog. Even if your stud is right next door, and you're trying natural, you're not saving much beyond shipping costs and insemination costs.
About selecting a breeder--you're looking for an AKC registered/certified Breeder of merit. These are breeders who ENSURE they are not damaging the breed, not passing along bad DNA, and raise healthy dogs. I'm not one--yet. It takes a minimum of five years of breeding right before you can become one.
And naturally, you need his and her DNA test done, because you're going to make sure there's nothing hiding in the woodpile that'll get passed on (or that the likelihood is very small.) Here's what labs should be tested for:
- Achromatopsia type 2
- Centronuclear Myopathy *
- Exercise Induced Collapse *
- Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis *
- Hyperuricosuria *
- Inherited Retinal Dysplasia/OSD
- Skeletal Dysplasia Type 2
- Degenerative Myelopathy *
- Canine Cystinuria *
- Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency *
- * Items are grouped into a single, $200 panel, other tests can range from $40-150 each.