Breeding Program Development and Expansion

We identify your goals by spending time gathering information from your organisation. This process aims to interview the key people in your organisation in management, and in the field to ensure we understand what you want to enhance in your dog production.  Of equal importance is knowing what qualities you wish to eliminate from your dog colony.

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During this phase we will work with you to;

  • Establish realistic goals and targets for the development of your program
  • Set timelines
  • Decide how growth and success will be measured
  • Discuss breeding program development within your organisational framework – or alongside planned expansion in other areas.
  • Confer about client needs
  • Discuss impact and management of growth on systems
  • Discuss staff education and development


This can be challenging but also very exciting as we identify the building blocks for the future in consultation with your management staff and in line with your strategic goals.

The critical learning at this stage is that appraisal does not mean a backward step!

We will spend more time with your dogs and staff cementing ideas in the following areas;

  • Discuss and observe concerns or positive trends in your program
  • Observe keys lines and breeding animals already established
  • Discuss historical pedigrees
  • Discuss goals and observe your concept of the ultimate working dog – or versions of such a dog.
  • Talk through needs specific to your environment
  • Identify resources, contacts and collaborative relationships already in place


One of the most effective ways to progress your program quickly is to introduce genetic material from dogs that are proven to enhance or dilute trends in a line.

Career Dog has relationships with breeding programs, relating to many different breeds of dog, in all corners of the globe. We will find the dog that can offer you these options. We do the leg work required to search for dogs or semen, researching pedigrees and gathering data on the dog and their production history.

Depending on your country and its import restrictions, options that may be available are – the import of adult breeding animals, the lease of broods, puppy purchase, stud dog lease or frozen semen acquisition.

In order to present options in these areas, Career Dog needs to discuss with you;

  • Production number targets
  • Purebred/crossbred requirements
  • Pup acquisition
  • Adult breeding dogs, stud service and frozen semen acquisition
  • Reproductive technologies available
  • Options for breeding dogs to travel for breeding requirements

With this information at hand, we can present you with all options. We aim to ensure you maintain genetic diversity, and continue to develop your working dog ‘type’ and success rate.


Production planning is often where a breeding program needs the most support.

Contrary to common belief, production planning is not just breeding a certain number of pups or training a specific number of dogs over a set time frame.

Factors to consider in planning your dog production include:

  • Mapping out the breeding career of each dog
  • Knowing how each line will be managed
  • Establishing what lines need to be combined to draw out the potential of both
  • Planning how the program will adjust to plans once progeny statistics begin to surface
  • A back-up plan
  • Insuring the line will not be lost due to poor management; and
  • Identifying which litters will be focused on for replacement breeder selection.

In a program that runs on a “wait and see” approach there will often be disappointment – especially when there is no succession planning at the end of a breeding dog’s career.

Often a brood will be bred ‘one-last-time’ in the hope of a miracle. We help you to avoid panic, and enjoy the security of replacing your breeding dogs while they remain in their prime.

Career Dog can help by discussing;

  • Breeding dog career management
  • Succession planning
  • Brood cycle and season management
  • A process for proving studs
  • Pedigree research, genotyping, foundation line development
  • Temperament assessment and health criteria for breeding clearance
  • Working dog ‘type’ requirements
  • Number requirements (puppies to be bred or purchased)
  • Program seasonal requirements – scheduling busy and quiet times of year due to climate


Pedigree research is the foundation of every quality breeding program. It is not enough to simply like the dog in front of you.

You need to know the trends behind the pedigree, including the litters, the trends in the dog’s siblings, and those developing in the dog’s progeny. Career Dog can conduct all of this research on your behalf.

We are able to;

  • Investigate ideal stud dog matches for your broods, without national or international constraints
  • Research type and trend behind a pedigree
  • Research DNA status of inherited disorders within the pedigree
  • Research conformation attributes of the lines in question
  • Research success rates
  • Research international movement of a pedigree line – collect data from that stud dog from every program it has bred on, not only its resident program


Career Dog has established relationships with breeders around the globe enabling the regular exchange of information and data. This will ensure your dog acquisition is reliable.

Career Dog can also research breeders and introduce them to your staff so quality relationships can be developed and maintained for your organisation.

We are able to:

  • Develop relationships with reputable breeders on your behalf
  • Introduce your staff into already established relationships to enhance knowledge of pedigrees and ‘type’.
  • Seek and acquire the lines you require to reach your goals
  • Coordinate dog, pup and semen import
  • Coordinate quarantine requirements
  • Coordinate registration and ownership transfer


An experienced breeder in the service dog industry will often confirm that a good working dog is not necessarily a good breeding dog, and vice versa.

A service dog breeding animal has unique qualities that can be difficult to describe, but having observed such dogs over the years, they become easily recognised.

We have extensive experienced in assessing potential breeding dogs and can work alongside you to ensure that the dogs moving on to your breeding program offer great potential. It is important that the selection of your breeding animals is made in collaboration with your training department, and not exclusively by it.

Pedigree research takes place at the time of breeding dog assessment and selection, along with a progressive view that gathers together knowledge of other lines at hand for import of genetic material. We will work with your established goals in mind to develop required type and quality;

  • Selecting breeding dogs, while in search of a climbing success rate and dog type which offers broader matching capability
  • Liaising with vets and specialists in the assessment of health
  • Coordinating DNA testing
  • Conformation assessment and reporting
  • Maintenance of foundation breeding lines
  • Managing genetic diversity and outcrosses


Career Dog  can assist in maintaining breeding lines to ensure they continue, remain flexible and  improve in quality from one generation to the next. We discuss with you;

  • The planning of replacements
  • Maintenance of lines – successfully breeding mothers, daughters and half siblings from the same line to prevent a narrow range.
  • Ensuring inclusion of known lines, outcrosses and line-breeding where appropriate to draw maximum diversity in dog replacement

It is important to have processes in place once a quality program is established, to ensure it is maintained.

Successful planning in this regard ensures quality lines are not mismanaged or lost over time.


Career Dog is experienced in improving the practical skills and knowledge base of service dog organisations through staff lectures and workshops.

We cater to small or large groups with a group of six or more being ideal.

Comprehensive written material is provided and assessments are done at the completion of the sessions.

Topics include:

  • Breeding theory
    • Reproductive anatomy
    • Cycles, seasons and ovulation timing
    • Natural breeding, Fresh vaginal AI’s
    • Artificial breeding concepts
    • Care of the Stud Dog
    • Gestation – care of the Brood
    • 3rd Trimester – care of the Brood
    • Whelping – stage 1 and 2 labour
    • Post whelp care – lactation and weaning
    • Caesarean section – post-operative care
  • Lectures in Basic or Advanced Genetics
    • Introductory Genetics
    • Complex Modes of Inheritance
    • Prioritising Traits
    • Interpretation and Use of Pedigrees
  • Lectures and workshops in canine husbandry (both breeding and generalised)
    • Subject areas of choice – reproductive health, ears, skin, digestive health, weight management, orthopaedic health, post-op care, wound care, first aid, infant puppy health care – nervous system development, monitoring and health care, critical care, Brood care – post-whelp, post C-section, weaning, condition and weight management, supplementation of diets, cycles/seasons, ovulation timing, practical breeding, fresh AI’s, artificial reproductive technologies.
  • Lectures and workshops in practical whelping and reproductive management of broods and stud dogs
  • Lectures and workshops in litter socialising and temperamental development


  • Records and data analysis are essential to a quality breeding program. If you require assistance in plugging holes from the past or developing a strategy for the future, we are able to assist, in such a way that data and statistics reflect the need of your colony and its size.

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