New Zealand
Breeding your Cairn

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  You have money set aside or to spare or your willing to do without so your dogs don't.
  You're not breeding to make money and realise getting a great dog doesn't come cheap or easy.
  When you can bear the loss of a newborn puppy and still care for the rest of the litter.
   When you can do what's best for your dogs and puppies even if that means ending their life.
  When you can turn away people you don't feel would give your dogs quality homes.
  When you are prepared to care for each and every dog your produce even if it comes back to you at 10 years of age.
  You are breeding to better the breed.
~ One plus One does not equal a litter ~
Breeding dogs can give you the greatest joy and sense of accomplishment but can also bring you the greatest of heartbreak!
Are you ready to breed?
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Despite our best efforts,we were  unable to track down either the author, or a website contact, to gain permission to either reprint or adapt, something we strongly
believe is a 'must do'.
Nor was there any mention of coptright attached to the article.
Should the author request our adaptation be removed, we will do so immediately and humbly apologise for any inadvertant breach of copyright,
However, we feel it is too good not to include in the information on this site and hope the correct permissions will eventually be obtained.
What if someone returns a dog to you after 4 years would you be prepared to take it back?

In short, are you willing to do everything within your power to make sure your dogs receive good health care and good loving homes?

If your answer is still yes to all these questions then you are ready to begin your exciting journey.

Many long time breeders are hesitant to place a "show quality" female with a novice and may require a co-ownership arrangement to ensure you make the best possible decisions when the time comes to breed your bitch.  If this happens, ensure you understand everything that is involved with a co-ownership.

They want only their best dogs used in a breeding program and currently the only way for a novice to validate that quality is with a judge's critique in the show ring, so be prepared for your breeder to encourage you, perhaps even require you, to show your puppy as part of your purchase contract, before even considering breeding from your new puppy. 
If your puppy is not considered to be of sufficient quality to show, then nor will she have sufficient quality to breed from and should be registered on the NZ Kennel Club's Restricted Register - which means 'not to be shown, not to be bred from'.

We will assume you have purchased a well-bred Cairn, with full NZKC Registration, whether in co-ownership with her breeder, or outright ownership.
Your breeder should now become your mentor!

She will be there to advise you on how to groom and train your dog for the show ring; what shows to enter.
You need to learn about structure, temperaments and type; health issues in the breed.
She should now help you research bloodlines and pedigrees, tell you why you shouldn't think about using that top winning stud who has a front all wrong for your bitch and explain why the one who may not look quite so 'flashy' will compliment her. 

By the time your bitch is old enough to be bred you should have a good idea of what a perfect Cairn would look like and how to work towards that goal.

When the time comes to whelp your first litter it would be best if your mentor or some other experienced breeder can be on call to help you deliver the litter as problems can and do arise. A good Veterinarian is a must and ideally will be available for emergencies.

The most important part of being a responsible breeder is finding quality homes for your pups.  You should always be ready to keep pups as long as you need to until that perfect home comes along.  Even though you may have a waiting list buyers do back out.

To protect your pups, the buyer and yourself you should have a purchase contract.  This will outline what is expected of you and the buyer but is primarily designed to protect the puppy.  The contract will cover your guarantee, what care you expect the puppy to receive, a spay/neuter agreement and your first right of refusal should the purchaser no longer be able to care for the dog.
If only it was as easy as putting a male and female together to produce a litter of puppies.

But, breeding dogs responsibly takes research, education, devotion, time, money and, sometimes a lot of heartbreak.

If you want to breed dogs the first question you need to ask yourself is Why? 

Unless you are committed to breeding the best possible quality puppies it would be best to spay or neuter your pet.  Breeding a litter from your Cairn is not something to do 'just because'.

Dedicated, responsible breeders spend hours researching pedigrees and bloodlines, learning genetics and outlaying large sums of money on health tests and exhibiting their dogs.  Do you have the resources to breed responsibly?
Are you prepared to have to put a newborn puppy to sleep?  How about that puppy you have lived with for six weeks only to find out it has some terrible disease?

How would you feel if you lost your bitch while she was whelping?                                         Could you take the time off from work to bottle feed the litter?