Breeding Tips

If you choose to breed your Akita, you need to make the
following considerations before you take that plunge. First
you need to decide if you're willing to risk your bitch's life.
Next you need to know that BOTH dogs are sound in
temperament, structure and genetics (i.e., health) before
you breed. All pure breed dogs have health problems and
the Akita is no exception. Just because your dog(s) are
AKC registered is NOT a health guarantee. Keep in mind
that the AKC is simply a registrar of dogs.
Here is a checklist for you to follow if you are going to
consider breeding.

* Both dogs are purebred
* Both dogs meet the AKC standard for the American Akita
* Both dogs are AKC or CKC registered
* Are both dogs titled? (that is, Champion in conformation)
* The male (sire) is at least 12 months old and not over 12
years old
* The female (dam) is at least 2 years old and not over 6
years old
* You have met both parents of the sire and the dam and
there are no health problems or temperament problems in
either bloodlines
* Both the sire and dam have had their hips x-rayed (OFA or
Penn-hip) and the results are good or excellent
* Both the sire and dam have good elbows and knees (vet
* Both parents have been certified against eye diseases
* Both parents been checked for Thyroid disease
* Neither parents have allergies, immune diseases and are
not obese or anorexic
* The breeding will not be considered "in-breeding" or too
closely line-bred That is, you have a 5-generation pedigree
in front of you and you know the blood lines/history of each
* You have enough people waiting for your quality puppies.
Average litter size is 6, but can be up to 10!
* You are prepared financially to assume this responsibility
* Your bitch could die from complications or cost $600-
$1000 for a Caesarian-section if whelping goes wrong
* Will you be there for the mother if she encounters
problems? Which could mean lost wages from work
* Feeding mom and puppies "quality" dog food. Mom eats
more when pregnant, as do the puppies when they are
* Pre-breeding vet visits
* Post whelping vet visits
* Puppy vaccinations
* Worming
* Vet visits if the puppies have a health problem (e.g.,
Parvo disease)
* $100+ per week on milk replacers if the mother cannot
* Space to keep the puppies until the right home is found
AND if someone returns one of your puppies
* Money for potential law suit. Yes, if one your dog's
attacks someone, often time the breeder is named in a
* Are you willing to help new owners with the cost of
* You have the time to socialize the puppies
* You have the patience to keep those puppies for at least
8-10 weeks, which is the premium age to release a puppy
to a new home. Less than 8 weeks is detrimental to the
psychological well-being of a puppy.

checklists for
breeders and buyers


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