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Inside a Profitable Dog Breeding Business | The herald


The herald

Kundai Marunya lifestyle writer
She puts on a white fur coat, tight fitting white gloves in her hand, a signal that winter is here.

On a leash and walking beside her is a white poodle. They pair well, from the color of their “coats” to the way they gracefully walk.

The animal is his best friend and they seem to click well. This lady’s behavior is not unique.

Dogs are a man’s best friend.

People fall in love with them for different reasons; some are cuddly, others smart, protective, fun to be around while others just make great fashion accessories.

Relationships then differ with people opting for different races for their varying skills and traits.

So fashionistas, especially women, opt for trendy, lively and alert Chihuahuas and Poodles.

Security companies and businessmen choose German Shepherds for their noble character, loyalty, curiosity and high intelligence, Boerboels and Rottweilers for their large size, obedience and territorial nature. These and many other reasons have strengthened the relationship between dogs and people over the years.

In the relationship, great value has been created with men willing to part with thousands of dollars to own a breed of their choice.

Due to the demand for different breeds, many people are turning to dog breeding for commercial purposes.

Zimbabwe has caught the virus, with a number of pastoralists breeding mainly in urban areas over the years.

The trend broke the monopoly on dog breeding, which was largely dominated by veterinary societies. Individuals are now converting their backyards into breeding grounds.

Among the rising wave of entrepreneurs is Revai Mazani who is raising German Shepherds and Rottweilers in Waterfalls, Harare.

“I started raising dogs in 2015 after my dad bought me two Rottweiler puppies to breed.

“When he brought them home, they were not for breeding but for our safety as we had been the prey of break-ins for a long time,” he said.

It was pure coincidence that Mazani became a breeder producing at least eight puppies per month.

“When my dogs grew up they naturally produced six puppies. I didn’t want to keep a lot of dogs so I started looking for markets to sell them, that’s when I found out people are willing to part with an average of US $ 400 for a purebred puppy, ”he said.

Mazani, who had just finished high school, ended up selling her puppies, investing the earnings in German Shepherds and another female Rottweiler. He built more kennels and researched the best way to breed dogs.

“As I spent more time researching breeding dogs, and as my business grew, I discovered my passion for veterinary work so I am studying for a degree. in veterinary nursing, ”said Mazani.

He is now working with the help of his brother so that he can have more time to focus on his studies.

A walk through the high and low density suburbs in the morning or evening will guarantee you a view of dog breeders walking a group of dogs on a leash.

With a continued increase in burglary and theft cases, most breeds are Boerboels, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers, among other favorite security dogs.

Dogs, however, require high maintenance as they require constant vaccination against diseases such as rabies.

“You have to constantly vaccinate your dogs and feed them properly,” said Dr Sean Rusike, animal rights activist and veterinarian.

“You have to be very careful about what, how and when to feed your dogs. It’s still important to feed them at least twice a day, a light meal and water in the morning to prepare them for running in the heat, and at least five kilograms of hot dog food in the evening.

Dr. Rusike encouraged dog owners to include plenty of protein.

“It’s not that starch is bad for dogs, but if they want to grow up with strong bones, you need a lot of protein,” he said.

To avoid the expense, some breeders only have one male dog that they hire out to mate with others at the owners’ request.

Arcadia-based breeder Edgar Meares said owning a purebred male is lucrative.

“We’ll be surprised how many times my Rottweiler is hired to mate. There are dog owners who only own females because keeping both males and females is expensive, so they choose to use my services, which only cost US $ 35, ”he said. he declares.

Meares’ dog is also hired for crossbreeding with different breeds.

“My dog ​​is not always hired by those who breed for business but also by people who are in love with Rottweilers but cannot afford to buy a pure one,” he said.

Even though dog breeding makes a lot of money for many people, many breeders do not invest in research and education on how best to care for dogs.

This sparked criticism from animal rights activists over whether backyard farming should be encouraged or not.

“There are laws that require dog breeders to be licensed and there are strict requirements for one to be licensed. Due to greed, many breeders ignore them and breed in their backyards without proper knowledge of how best to do it or the facilities that dogs require. Responsible authorities should make enforcement of these laws a priority so that animals are not mistreated, ”said Dr Rusike.

He added that there are dogs like the German Shepherd who require a lot of exercise and therefore need large spaces to walk around.

“I really don’t encourage backyard breeding for such breeds, but when people continue to do this they should take their dogs for long walks and exercise,” Dr Rusike said. .

Although for some they remain best friends, dogs have evolved into the primary source of income for many.