Dog breeding

What you need to know to run a successful dog breeding business

Dogs at the Kenya Society for Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA) in Bamburi, Mombasa County. [Kelvin Karani, Standard]

The dog business is slowly gaining popularity. I have received many inquiries about dog breeds, breeding, and making money from the business. So what does it take to run the business?

Mugo Wambui, an established dog breeder, shares information about dog breeding and business with The Smart Harvest. For him, his passion for dogs started when he was young.

Growing up, when he went hunting with his dog-owner friends, he was still considered a lower-class citizen and received only loot intestines.

He has sworn to himself that he will own many dogs one day. In 2012 he bought a German Shepherd puppy and today owns 17 dogs of different breeds.

He has sold many puppies of the many litters he has had over the years.

Start small

For those who are interested, he says, it is prudent to start small in order to learn the ropes along the way before expanding the business to take advantage of economies of scale.

To grow healthy, puppies need nutritious, well-balanced food and clean water.

“How and what to feed these furry creatures is essential for their overall health and productivity. I feed my dogs boiled chicken heads and broken rice, and I also supplement commercial feeds for vitamins and minerals from time to time, ”says Wambui.

After feeding the puppy well, it enters puberty and then maturity. It can then be served to give more puppies.

It is advisable to breed the bitch when she is over 15 months old because at this age she has fully matured physically and sexually.

Drops of blood where the dog sleeps are a sure sign of heat. You can take the bitch for mating a few days and allow mating as many times as possible to increase her chances of getting a large litter of up to 12 puppies.

Early reproduction from six months to a year has its share of complications such as difficulties during childbirth that would call for a cesarean section.

Pests and diseases

Parasites and illnesses in your dogs are affecting their overall growth and health.

From an early age, it is crucial to adopt a vaccination and deworming schedule. Parvovirus and rabies are fatal. To raise good quality puppies, Wambui says purebred parents are a must.

He searches for parents from registered kennel clubs in Nairobi and from friends who keep pristine records of their dogs’ genealogy.

There are different breeds of dogs, but demand dictates which breeds one can venture into locally. In his breeding, Wambui has German Shepherd (GSD), Boerboel, Pitbull, Roller Coaster, Maltese Terrier and Labrador breeds.

Prices for a puppy range from 30,000 to 150,000 shillings depending on the breed, with GSDs ranking low and roller coasters at the top of the list. As in any business, record keeping is essential.

Each dog should have their own passport that contains details such as their breed, date of birth, gender, vaccination records, deworming records, and treatment records.

Kennel hygiene

Hygiene in kennels complements vaccination and deworming to ward off diseases. Wambui ensures that the dogs are clean and live in a clean environment.

Training dogs in simple commands and socializing them helps them be strong enough for the family and to better secure their family and property.

Wambui trains dogs to obey simple commands.

Exercising dogs maintains their physical shape and strengthens their socialization skills.

“As a family, we walk the dogs every night in the neighborhood. It helps them exercise, reduce nervousness and boost their self-confidence, ”explains the breeder.

A good puppy marketing strategy is essential. After keeping a few puppies in each litter for future breeding, Wambui sells the rest to his circle of friends, neighbors and on social media.

At one point he sold a litter of 10 puppies to a security company each for Sh 50,000. This is how he bought his first car.

For anyone considering venturing into this lucrative business, Wambui has a word of caution: “Have passion, do things right about the breeds, feed them right, hang out with your dogs, keep dogs. records and be versatile in your marketing. ”

The costs of starting a dog breeding business can be substantial, although they are controllable. The amount you can do depends on the quality of the dogs and the number of litters you breed per year.