DOGS ARE FAMILY
When my wife and I decided to start breeding dogs we chose to buy our stud first. My wife`s niece, however, when she started chose to get only females and not her own stud. Reflecting on those years of breeding, I have a few thoughts about our business plan.
Being fortunate, we found a good stud. Through the years, he gave us some beautiful puppies. We were breeding Anatolian Shepherds. These dogs are a working-class dog. Very large dogs, our stud was 130 lbs. and we had a female that was 150 lbs. One of their offspring ended up weighing right about 180 lbs. when he was full grown.
Having your own stud for breeding gives the advantage of knowing what type of pups you will get. The drawback to this plan is that you will not to keep purchasing females after your current females end their breeding tenure. You never want to over breed a female for the fact it is not good on the dog and you will start having medical issues with the litters. Another factor that we did not consider was the fact that when a female went into heat keeping the stud away from her if we did not want to breed her that cycle was tuff, Once we had a female, all she wanted to do was to have litters of pups. Once the two of them tunneled under two sets of fencing from both sides so they could get together.
Reflecting, if I were to do it over, I would not have bought a stud at the beginning. Furthermore, I would not have gotten both females from the same breeder. In doing so it limited my ability to create a long lineage of breeding pairs. In my do over I would have paid stud fees and have both females matched up with different studs on the first round would have given me multiple pairings in the future.