Dog Breeding

Course Summary
Course Details

It’s vital that those looking to breed dogs have an extensive understanding of best practice and potential risks. This course covers valuable educational techniques to quickly and efficiently provide students with the knowledge they need to successfully and safely breed their dogs.

The course consists of six units, designed to cover the bases in breeding dogs.

You’ll receive your first unit as soon as you enrol, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Category: Canine Level: Enthusiast Subject: Breeding

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What You’ll Learn

Unit 1 

  • Introduction
  • Ethics
  • Interpretation of standards
  • Principles of breed type

Unit 2 

  • Anatomy
  • Structure
  • Conformation
  • Balance
  • Movement
  • Abnormalities

Unit 3


  • Genes
  • Chromosomes
  • Transmission of genetic material
  • Expression
  • Dominant and recessive genes

Unit 4


  • Single gene characteristics
  • Characteristics controlled by more than one gene
  • Genetic controls
  • Genetic and environmental influences
  • Heritability

Unit 5

  • Pedigree and parentage
  • Foundation stock
  • Prepotence
  • Line breeding
  • In-breeding
  • Out-crossing
  • Breeding better dogs

Unit 6

  • Mating
  • Whelping and weaning
  • Rearing
  • Nutrition and conditioning
  • Poisonous foods
  • Need for exercise
  • Suitable toys

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Distance learning is designed to be flexible, but as a guide, each unit of the Dog Breeding Diploma is expected to take around two months to complete – around 4-6 hours of study a week.


On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Animal Care College Diploma* in Dog Breeding, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at Level 3 from ABC Awards and Certa Awards when you complete this course**.

This confirms that you have completed a validated training course at a recognised level of study.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise.

* The Animal Care College Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.

**ABC registration fees included.

What's Next

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career in the animal care sector, or better understand your own pet.

Once it’s completed, you may wish to further your study. If that’s the case, we’d suggest:

Advanced Canine/Feline Care

If you’d like to turn what you’ve learned into a career, or you’re wondering how best to apply it to your existing role, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. We classify our courses by level to guide students towards the best course based on their experience. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you’re open to challenging yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £395 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course


Pay a deposit of just £75, followed by 8 instalments of £40