to Breed Puppies
Start advertising as soon as you can. This gives people time to save up and get their gardens puppy-proofed. Some folk advertise as soon as the dog is pregnant. They work out when the pups will be ready to go and take orders. You have roughly four months from the mating to find homes for the puppies. Don't wait till the last minute or you'll have to reduce the price. Some breeders ask for a deposit to book a puppy. They refund it if they are unable to give a puppy for any reason. Perhaps a puppy will die, for example.
WHAT TO CHARGE FOR A PUPPY
Itís always difficult to decide what price to ask for a puppy. In Godís eyes, all dogs are equally valuable, yet to humans, some dogs are worth more than others. If the parents have been shown in the show ring and have been judged as being up to standard, then the pups can fetch a top price. Top breeders always show their dogs and wait till they become champions before allowing them to mate.
Lots of people do not show their dogs, and just assume they are up to standard. The pups would then be of lesser value, as the parents have not been proved in the show ring.
Puppies with no papers are the least valuable. From a monetary point of view, it is more worthwhile financially to produce dogs with papers.
The price you paid for the parents will give you a good idea of the price you could charge. You can also check what other breeders charge.
Things to put in your ad:
You can advertise on this website. Many people have sold whole litters on this site!
HOW TO REGISTER PUPS
Once you are sure the puppies are going to survive, you can start the registration process before you sell the pups. If both parents are registered with KUSA, ask KUSA to post a form to register a litter. Both the owner of the mother and the owner of the father must join KUSA, which costs a small fee. Forms for joining, and a form for registering a whole litter can be obtained from KUSA.
Some of the info required on the form is
1) Date of mating
2) Date of birth of pups
3) Names of pups. You need to think of two names for each pup in case the first name is already in use. One canít have two dogs with the same name! Imagine the confusion if one was a champion and the other wasnít!
4) If you wish, you can put breeding restrictions on the papers. The progeny is not for registration. Folk that buy your puppies will be unable to register any puppies they produce.
5) If you wish to apply for a kennel name, you need to ask for another form, and pay an extra fee. Getting a kennel name registered can take months, but it's not necessary to have your kennel registered, as long as the puppies are registered, the buyer will buy with confidence.
Post the form with the fee to KUSA and they will post the registration certificates to you. You then sign the certificates and post them to the people who bought puppies from you.
Registering a litter may sound a little daunting, but itís worth the effort. Your pups deserve the best papers they can get, which gives them a perceived value. Get the forms and read them slowly. KUSA will always guide you over the phone if you have any questions.
NB Dogs registered with other registries cannot be entered in KUSA dog shows, cannot become champions, and won't be recognised as "registered" if the dog goes overseas. In South Africa, KUSA is considered to be the best registry, so let's give the buyers the best possible papers.