Our Breeding Scheme
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a world-leader and centre of excellence for training hearing dogs.
Over half of our dogs are produced via our own Kennel Club Assured Breeding Scheme with the remaining number being adopted from breeders. In addition we select and train a small number of puppies from rescue centres, as and when suitable recruits are identified.
The most successful breeds utilised by the Charity throughout its’ history have been those of the gundog group such as the Labrador, Golden retriever and Cocker spaniel. Miniature poodles have also been very successful. In response to this the Breeding Scheme was started to provide the Charity with a steady flow of young pups from within these breed types.
We have around 40 brood bitches and studs (hearing dog mums and dads) in our Breeding Scheme which are placed with volunteers who care for them in their own homes. They also attend regular training clubs at our centre in Buckinghamshire.
Around once a year a brood bitch will have a litter of puppies. The development of our puppies in the first few weeks of their life is vitally important in equipping them with the skills they will need in their careers as hearing dogs. For this reason each of our puppies enjoys a gentle program of play-based socialisation throughout their time in the litter to ensure they move onto the initial stage of training having had the best start in life.
Please contact the Breeding Department on 01844 348 100 (voice and minicom) or via email@example.com for more information.
Breeding Scheme volunteering
The Breeding scheme couldn’t exist without support from a network of volunteers. We are always looking for long term volunteers to look after our breeding dogs in their homes.
Breeding Scheme Guidelines
The Hearing Dog’s breeding scheme strives to provide quality dogs with the required personality and good health for training as Hearing Dogs. This aim drives the following specific guidelines: