Breeding or Whelping Akitas or any dog is NOT something just anyone should try to do!! When done properly it requires total dedication to the thorough knowledge of the breeds' standard, health issues and pedigrees to insure: only the best represen- tations of the breed are used as breed stock; that the dogs are bred only for the improvement of the breed as a whole and NEVER bred just for profit. A reputable breeder will stand behind their dogs with health guarantees and PROOF of health screens and testing certifications from OFA and CERF.
A Breeder has a responsibility to the breed, puppy buyers and to the general public to breed, guarantee and place puppies responsibly. At OshoZen Akitas a strong emphasis is placed on stable temperaments and careful placement of all puppies.
Raritan River Akita Club site on breeding is wonderful source of FAQ's and sound logic on the why's and why not to breed your Akita - very helpful and enlightening site.
Think you are ready to breed your Akita? Read below and see if you can "cut the mustard" - breeding Akitas is NEVER something to take lightly, let mother nature handle unsupervised or be approached for the shear delight of the experience.
WHAT IS A Responsible BREEDER author unknown
A BREEDER is one who thirsts for knowledge and never really knows it all, one who wrestles with decisions of conscience, convenience, and commitment.
A BREEDER is one who sacrifices personal interests, finances, time, friendships, fancy furniture, and deep pile carpeting! They give up the dreams of a long, luxurious cruise in favor of turning that all important Show into this years "vacation".
The BREEDER goes without sleep (but never without coffee!) in hours spent planning a breeding or watching anxiously over the birth process, and afterwards, over every little sneeze, wiggle or cry.
The BREEDER skips dinner parties because that litter is due or the babies have to be fed at eight. They disregard birth fluids and put mouth to mouth to save a gasping newborn, literally gently blowing life into a tiny, helpless creature that may be the culmination of a lifetime of dreams.
A BREEDERS lap is a marvelous place where generations of proud and noble champions once snoozed.
A BREEDERS hands are strong and firm and often soiled, but ever so gentle and sensitive to the thrusts of a puppys' wet nose.
A BREEDERS back and knees are usually arthritic from stooping, bending, and sitting in the birthing box, but are strong enough to enable the breeder to Show the next choice pup to a Championship.
A BREEDERS shoulders are stooped and often heaped with abuse from competitors, but they're wide enough to support the weight of a thousand defeats and frustrations.
A BEEDERS ears are wondrous things, sometimes red (from being talked about) or strangely shaped (from being pressed against a phone receiver), and always fine-tuned to the whimper of a sick puppy.
A BREEDERS eyes are blurred from pedigree research and sometimes blind to they're own dog's fault's, but they are ever so keen to the competitions faults and are always searching for the perfect specimen.
A BREEDERS brain is foggy on faces, but it can recall pedigrees faster than an IBM computer. It's so full of knowledge that sometimes it blows a fuse: it catalogues thousands of good bonings, fine ears, and perfect heads....and buries in the soul the failures and the ones that didn't turn out.
The BREEDERS heart is often broken, but it beats strongly with hope everlasting...and it's always in the right place!!! Oh, yes, there are breeders, and then, there are BREEDERS!!!