Considering breeding your Sheltie?
Breeding dogs can be both challenging and extremely rewarding. It can also be expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally difficult. Purebred dogs should be bred with the intent of improving the breed, so if you have the determination to succeed as a Sheltie breeder, it is essential to become thoroughly familiar with the breed standard, study breed history and the Shelties of the past, and attend as many dog shows as possible to get to know the Shelties of today. Make plans to attend the next ASSA National. Join an ASSA member club, or attend a local club event. Learn about possible inherited conditions in Shelties in the health issues section. Most importantly, get to know your fellow Sheltie breeders. Our breeders have a wealth of practical knowledge learned through experience.
Read the ASSA guidelines for ethical behavior to learn about the qualities possessed by ethical Sheltie breeders, owners, and exhibitors.
The AKC has many resources for aspiring purebred dog breeders. A Guide to Breeding Your Dog is a comprehensive set of printable articles that describe the goals, issues, preparation, and process of breeding dogs from start to finish.
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