Dog Breeding Requires Skill, Knowledge, and Respect for the Animal and Breed

By Steve Kruse

StoneHenge Kennels

A good dog breeder dedicates himself or herself to continuing the breed by promoting its best characteristics. In order to ensure that the hallmarks of the breed pass from one generation to the next, the breeder utilizes his scientific knowledge and discerning eye to improve the breed, litter by litter, by eliminating weaknesses and imperfections. Each dog breed carries its own unique traits and purposes. By striving to produce dogs that meet the standards of the breed, the dog breeder creates a unique link between its historical significance and the future. Factors important to a dog breeder in pairing a sire and a dam include health, temperament, appearance, and genetics.

Learning about these factors takes time and energy, and many dog breeders choose to participate in national or specialty clubs so they have the opportunity to share information and ideas with fellow professionals. Clubs also provide a venue for dog breeders to showcase their dogs. The highly coveted prizes for dog shows, including obedience and performance awards, spur enthusiasm for the breed and inspire dog breeders to bring out the best in each litter of puppies. Stringent guidelines enforce standards for each breed, with the best dogs determined by how well they meet the carefully delineated criteria.

A good dog breeder also understands the proper treatment of dogs, basic medical care, and training. Because a number of dogs will reside at the breeder’s kennels at any given time, a good breeder houses dogs in comfortable, clean surroundings that create a healthy and pleasant environment. In addition, because many of the puppies or dogs will be placed with families or individuals, a responsible breeder spends plenty of time interacting with the dogs so that they will be social, well-tempered animals.

About Steve Kruse:

Steve Kruse is the owner of StoneHenge Kennels in West Point, Iowa. A dog breeder since 1986, Steve Kruse breeds English bulldogs.