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Annual CERF eye certification.
Wait until 2 years of age before breeding, then have OFA hip and elbow certification
Have all breed-specific health clearances performed—check with veterinarian and national
breed club (may include heart, thyroid, genetic testing and many others).
Have Brucella canis test performed 1 month in advance.
Have a complete physical examination performed on your dog prior to breeding. This should
include digital vaginal exam to check for vaginal bands/stricture.
By Joni L Freshman DVM, MS, DACVIM
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Labradors has an excellent page on Breeding. What to expect, Questions asked and
answered and a story from a well know breeder. The page is well exampled, well written and
eye opening. http://www.godivalabs.com/bitch.html
Check out these links for further information:
Being Responsible in Breeding Pets
Dog Breeders Worksheet—Preparing for Breeding Your Favorite Pet Dog
Thinking about Breeding Your Wonderful Dog?
How to get started as a dog breeder
Thoughts on Responsible Breeding
Breeder’s Codes of Ethics Links
Breed health issues
Inbreeding: A quick Note
What does AKC “papers” buy you?
Checklist for the Responsible Breeder