So you want to buy a Vizsla to breed from?
There are a few misconceptions about breeding the first and most common its any easy way to make money!
Buying a puppy to breed is not an easy way of making money, you will receive your puppy at 8 weeks of age you then need to socialise and train your puppy ensuring he or she becomes a well adjusted adult.
You will need to health test your dog at 12 months of age
Hip scoring- involves the dog being put under sedation or GA
Elbow scoring- "
DNA profiling- Cheek swab
DNA Longhaired gene testing if not clear by parentage - Cheek swab
Eye testing including glaucoma. (not mandatory at present)
There is always the risk that you puppy you have lovingly reared for the last year will fail these tests and there for not be suitable to breed from.
Responsibility and time-
Do you have the time to rear a litter that will involve someone being home 24/7 for around 10 weeks.
Do you have the facilities and time to take back in offspring that need rehoming, remember these could be adult dogs with issues when they come home to you.
Are you be prepared to take responsibility of all your dog or bitch produces and to help new owners that may be struggling.
Breeding a litter is costly here is a approximate break down of some of the costs using a basis of 10 puppies born-
Initial puppy purchase £1200
Feeding you puppy till breeding age £2050
Insuring your puppy till breeding age £680
Health testing your puppy £ 600
Stud fee £800
Whelping box £350
Heat lamp £50
Whelping first aid kit £50
Vet bedding £100
Puppy milk £50
puppy food for the litter £300
Registration fees £ 200
Dew claw removal for a litter £200
Vaccinating a litter £ 200
Microchipping a litter £150
Advertising puppies £50
puppy packs to go with puppies £ 300
Total cost £6830
Income from puppy sales £ 10,000
Total profit £2970
divde this by the time spent rearing the litter i.e 24/7 for 10 weeks and it gives you an hourly wage of £1.76 an hour!
This doesn't take into account any loses for emergency vet treatment etc..