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Things to Know Before Purchasing a Stud

  Do not purchase a dog until you have your kennel established and are in a position to derive some advantage from possessing him. You should also have a thorough knowledge of the ethics and science of breeding. The best procedure is to leave the purchase of a stud until after you ha ve become the owner of several bitches. When you have bred these bitches to carefully chosen sires you will have acquired considerable knowledge concerning the quality of the pups which they throw as well as breeding principles in general, and you will be in a much better position to know what qualities you desire in a stud.

  Before buying a stud you should long since have become a subscriber to some national dog magazine, and have read every possible bit of information concerning your breed. Study all the articles. Learn all you can about the various blood lines, and read the advertisements as well. Know what public studs are available, and learn as much about each as you are able to discover. In this way you will be adding to your knowledge of your breed, and when the time comes that you wish either to make use of a public stud or to purchase one for yourself, you will know where to go to get the qualities which you desire.

  Good stud dogs cannot be bought for the price of a nice house pet. Your choice must be governed by your ability to pay. Your stud dog's earning ability is also governed indirectly by what you pay for him. The more you pay, the better the dog. The better the dog, the greater his earning capacity, for more outside breeders will take advantage of his services. This being the case, I would advise a beginning breeder not to purchase a stud unless he is in a position to get a good one, and has first learned how to handle him.

  The qualities desired in a stud vary with the breed, and without knowing the blood lines of your bitches and your individual requirements it would be impossible for anyone to advise you. That is something which you must work out for yourself with the help of experienced breeders who are in a position to know all the facts concerning your stock—breed, pedigrees, blood lines, and faults—with the qualities necessary to correct them. Do not hesitate to ask the advice of any breeder you may know who is in a position to give an intelligent opinion.
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