What "benefit of the female"?
The benefit of her happiness.
Are you an adult or a student trying to find out information? Just curious. If a student I would suggest talking to our breeder experts for your assistance.
I'm not a student, but talking to more breeders sounds wise. I've never been to a dog show, but I'd like that to be an option for any puppies I may have. I have spoken to some breeders, but only a couple, and none who bred for shows.
Grace LCM wrote:
If you've never bred dogs before, it would definitely be better to just start out with a stud imho. A lot of things can go wrong in having a litter, and owning both dogs if you're not experienced will only complicate your life. Many people decide after one litter they never want to do it again for one thing, as it is a lot of work/time commitment and can be very stressful. Also, if your house is small, your life and your male's could be especially miserable for several weeks at a time if you need to separate them during each of the bitch's seasons. If after the first litter, you discover something congenital is wrong with the puppies, you also may not know whether it is due to the mother or father so you may need to stop breeding from one or both of your dogs and you'll need to decide what to do with them if not keep and spay/neuter them. Bear in mind as well that if something goes wrong and say your female needs to have an emergency c-section, this could cost you a couple grand. Also, if after your first litter, you discover you are having problems finding good homes for the puppies, you may end up keeping the ones you can't place and end up with a houseful of dogs which you didn't intend to have. Better to continue your research, consider the risks, and start with small steps before plunging into deeper waters.
Yeah, I think that's probably what I will end up doing. I'm actually in the process of finding a house to buy and the size of th back yard I need depended on whether or not buying a male was something I was going to do. But this way I can fully focus on giving my girl all my attention, which I like better.
Something to remember is that a LOT of members of the Zim forum are involved with rescue to varying degrees . . . . so we've seen what happens when people don't think through the entire breeding process, and the puppies they bred end up in rescue. A responsible breeder takes back EVERY puppy they've bred . . . so you have to be ready for that possibility.
If you are serious about wanting to breed, I suggest going to some dog shows (search http://www.akc.org
for shows in your area) and talking to breeders there. They will be able to provide you with plenty of insight into the world of breeding. While there are breeders on the Zim forum, the vast majority of the members are pet owners, and won't be able to answer your questions.
I'm a huge advocate of birth control and responsible parenting for all races. But that's a whole other soap box. (