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If you are considering adopting a former breeding dog, there are a few things to be aware of, so to make an informed decision.

Breeding dogs are typically retired once they have reached the end of their useful life.

While it's very tempting to open your heart and home to a former breeding dog, it's important to stay rational so to avoid surprises. 

If you're considering adopting a former breeding dog, it's therefore important that you understand what this means for your pet's life going forward. 

These dogs have been bred for years with very little human contact and are often scared of people or other animals in general

There are several questions you may want to ask so to know what to expect. This guide will help you out. 

The Joy of Adopting a Former Breeding Dog

Adopting a former breeding dog can be quite a joyful event. It's can be very rewarding too as you help these dogs out!

However, it's always important keeping a level head as you'll have to take care of this dog for likely many years to come. 

So if you are considering adopting a former breeding dog, there are many considerations that you should keep in mind.

Consider that retired breeding dogs may have enlarged mammary glands from the puppy's nursing, and they can be prone to developing mammary cancers should you decide to not spay them, which brings to the first question. 

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Has the Dog Been Spayed?

If you are adopting a former breeding dog from a shelter, in most cases these dogs will have already been spayed. 

However, this is not always the case, so this is a very important question to ask. It's not easy to tell whether a female dog has been spayed or not. 

If your female dog hasn't been spayed, she will eventually go into heat which can be messy and will attract male dogs.

You will have to prevent her from escaping and you will always have to keep her on leash. 

Spaying is also important from a health standpoint, as left unspayed, female intact dogs may become more and more prone to pyometra, a life threatening uterine infection, especially as they get older. 

As mentioned, unspayed female dog are also more prone to mammary cancers. 

What's the Dog's History?

If the dog is coming from a reputable breeder who has decided to retire the dog, the dog may have been pampered and is used to living in home. 

Dogs who were bred by backyard breeders may not have been fully socialized and potty trained, so they may pose some challenges. 

Things may get more complicated if the dog in question comes from a puppy mill. Puppy mill dogs have been neglected and will likely take some time to adjust to their new homes and routines. 

Any Behavior Issues?

The former breeder, or the foster parents, if the dog was fostered, may be able to report any behavior issues. 

Some dogs may be nippy and jumpy from all the excitement of seeing humans. Others may be prone to barking at people or other dogs if they haven't been socialized well. 

Some others may guard food, toys or other items. 

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It's important being aware of these things ahead of time, so to know what to expect. 

Dogs that have been bred often have a history of neglect and abuse, which can lead to them being fearful or aggressive. 

It is important that you understand what you are getting into before adopting one of these dogs.

You may need to work with a dog trainer or behavior consultant if there is fear or aggression. 

They dogs may need time and patience to adjust to their new life and to humans. However, despite having led a stressful life, they're still good pets and can make a great family dog.

Any Medical Conditions?

It's a good idea asking whether the dog is suffering from any medical conditions.

Researching the breed can be important. Some dogs breeds are prone to certain medical conditions. 

For example, Pomeranians are prone to luxating patellas, cataracts, entropion, skin issues, and bad teeth.

Much of this information can be found online by researching dog breed health issues. 

Where to Find Retired Breeding Dogs?

There are several rescues that specialize in finding retired breeding dogs loving homes. 

Puppy Spot, in particular, offers a special program whose mission is to assist in rehoming older adult dogs who are no longer bred. 

All dogs have been spayed or neutered, and have been  socialized with puppies, other dogs, and people.

Other sources may be the breeders themselves who may advertise their retired breeding dogs needing new homes.

How Old are Retired Breeding Dogs?

This will vary, considering several factors. For instance, most retired breeding dogs are around the age of 5 to 7 years.

However, they may be younger if they have encountered problems getting pregnant or are in need of frequent Cesarean sections. 

How Much Do Retired Breeding Dogs Cost?

The average cost of adopting a former breeding dog is $200. This is what it costs on average to adopt a dog from a rescue organization.

The exact cost of adopting a former breeding dog though can vary widely depending on the type of dog, and the age, health, and location of the animal.

The cost can therefore range widely from $50 to $500.

Why Should You Consider Adopting a Former Breeding Dog?

Breeding dogs are often discarded after they have fulfilled their purpose. This is a terrible fate for these canines, who have the potential to make great pets.

The process of breeding dogs is very cruel and the health of the animals is often not taken into consideration. 

They are repeatedly bred to produce puppies with specific physical traits and then are discarded when they are no longer useful.

There are many reasons why you should consider adopting a former breeding dog. 

The most important being that they will be grateful to have a home where they will be loved and cared for into their old age.

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