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Should you breed your dog?

Because I have two male dogs, I have been approached on more than one occasion by somone inquiring if I would be willing to breed them.

My oldest one is small for a Shitzu...he was the runt of the litter...and the smaller size is desired by some people. I also found out (to my surprise) that when my young is old enough, he will be desirable because he has the cinnamon coloring which is not common.

At first I used to joke about setting up a brothel for my boys and listing a secondary income on my tax return as a "dog pimp". Of course, thinking of what I could do with the extra cash every time they bred put a smile on my face.

However, reality set in after talking to some people I know who volunteer at pet shelters. With so many homeless animals waiting to be adopted, the question became should I even consider being responsible for bringing more dogs into the world?

Of course, everyone wants the puppies. They're cute, kids love them and they provide hours of amusement. However, puppies grow into adult dogs and then people tend to get bored with them. Taking care of them is full time commitment and, it's pretty obvious by the over-populated shelters, that a lot people just aren't willing to devote the time and energy it takes to raise a healthy dog.

In the end, I looked to my cousin as an example of a responsible breeder. She has bred her female Shitzu twice, and only when she had committed buyers who she personally knew and was able to keep tabs on the welfare of the dogs after they left her home. This to me sounded like a reasonable compromise...make sure the dogs had good homes before bringing them into the world.

So, how is my pimping operation? Pretty broke. Right now my earnings are at zero. Why? I haven't found anyone with a female Shitzu that is as committed as my cousin to ensuring that the new puppies have good homes. Will I ever find one? Maybe not. But that's okay because at least I don't worry about the lives of their offspring.


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