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People who are serious about whippets and about breeding carefully nearly always show or race their dogs, at least a little. And yes, they plan litters hoping to get a great winner. But most of the puppies in every litter will go to pet homes because of a minor cosmetic or structural flaw (often noticeable only to the breeder!) --- the breeder can only keep so many whippets! Those pet puppies come from the same meticulously planned breeding and receive the same attention and loving care as the "pick of the litter." That's why you want to buy your pet from a breeder who shows or races.

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Chapter One: The Plan
Chapter Two: The Pregnancy
Chapter Three: The Whelping
Chapter Four: Rearing Puppies
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This is a run-down of the money we spent to breed Ivy and raise the puppies until they went home with their new families. It illustrates pretty clearly the fact that small kennels breed for the love of the dogs, not for any kind of profit.


Pre-breeding expenses for Ivy:

  • Eye exam & certification: $50
  • Brucellosis test (a sexually transmitted disease): $35
  • Thyroid panel: $52
  • Pre-breeding exam: $30
  • Heartworm & fecal exam: $30
  • Long distance charges (stud research & consultation): $50
  • DNA test for AKC: $40


Pre-breeding expenses for Chase:

  • Eye exam & certification: $50
  • Brucellosis test: $35
  • Thyroid panel: $52
  • Pre-breeding exam: $30
  • Heartworm & fecal exam: $30
  • Treatment for urinary problem (travel to repro vet in N. Virginia): $400
  • Antibiotics for urinary problem @ $60/month for 4 months: $240
  • DNA test for AKC: $40


Pre-whelping expenses:

  • Whelping supplies (milk replacer, whelping pads, alcohol wipes, disinfectant, etc): $125
  • X-ray and vet checkup for Ivy during last week: $130
  • Worming protocol for Ivy for 25 days @ $2/day: $50


Litter expenses:

  • Dewclaws removed & vet exam for pups: $100


  • 1st shots & worming - DH-P (6 weeks) $12 per pup: $72*
  • 2nd shots & worming - DHL-P + Bordatella (8 weeks) $16/pup: $96*

  • Puppy food & extra for Ivy during nursing: $100


  • First dose of heartworm preventative - $6 per puppy: $36
  • Puppy pack (leash, collar, book, etc) - $25 per puppy: $120
  • Litter registration: $20
  • Long distance charges (puppy buyers): $50
  • Extra laundry, electricity, paper towels, etc.: $25
  • Advertising: $150
  • Puppy vet check ups before going to new homes @ $30 each: $180
  • Spay/neuter rebates as provided in sales contract: $150

*we gave vaccinations ourselves

TOTAL EXPENSES: $2568

INCOME

Four puppies sold at $500 each: $2000

TOTAL INCOME: $2000




Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2008 19:30