Take a tour of Carl McGrath’s breeding farm in Shepparton, which has produced many champion greyhounds including Proven Lethal, Proven Alias, Proven Wizard, Proven Nitro and Proven Impala.
Successful breeding is a complicated process, but these tips will help:
Starting off with the best female that you can should be a priority.
A city winning female with a good pedigree (lots of city winners in the first few generations) is certainly the ideal starting point. Not everyone can start there, but you should certainly look at the female’s form. If she has been mated previously, check the form of her offspring before deciding she might have the potential to produce good quality dogs. If she has not managed to produce any winners within one or two litters, it is very unlikely that she will suddenly produce a good dog.
Selection of a suitable sire for your female is a very hard decision. There are glossy adverts, varying stud fees, and ‘popular’ sires to consider. How do you find the dog that is right for your female? You should not just use the popular stud of the day, or the dog that seems to have done the most winning – it is far more important to seek out the sire that actually produces the traits that you desire in their progeny, and one that compliments your female.
Although the cost of the stud fee may be a factor, don’t just use the cheapest dog, or the one that is located conveniently close to home, thinking you will save money. The cost of the stud fee is only a small part of the cost of whelping and raising a litter – it costs just as much to whelp and raise lesser quality pups as it does good quality pups!
The key step in selecting a suitable sire is to list your female’s strengths and weaknesses. Once you have these, you need to prioritise the things you would like to improve. This then becomes your ‘shopping list’ as you consider each sire. When considering a sire, keep in mind that you do not want to double up on faults or weaknesses.