I own a chocolate male Havanese and I was thinking about getting a chocolate female Havanese. I may breed the two together, and I was wondering if it's bad to breed a chocolate with a chocolate?
Thanks for your response!
Breeding color is always risky. I think it takes a long line study and much knowledge to breed, period. And it takes a much longer time and knowledge to breed colors together. Where did you get your first chocolate, does that breeder have chocolates and will they help you? Actually I would be very careful of breeding now, this breed has become so popular and there are so many people who do not really know what they are doing breeding them that it is difficult and expensive if you unwittingly breed two dogs together who have the same problems..
If you are sincere in wanting to breed for color, I would suggest you start by in depth research on color...some of it is fun like the McKay's site, but most of it is very detailed and intense...of course keep in mind you also need to be able to look at and identify the good points your dog and the other dog have along with the bad ones...physically. But the more difficult part is being able to know what is behind both dogs genetically...
If your dog came from a breeder who will help you that is great..
Reputation of a breeder comes through many years of hard work, but you are right, if your puppies are not healthy and well, or the color promised, you will get many complaints...funny how bad news travels faster than good news..but true. So you are right in worrying about your reputation...
Do you know the old saying "When you are ready the teacher will appear!"? You have asked some good questions, now look further for the answers. There will be someone who will guide you...it is a process not a quick solution. Good Luck