Serowe — Dog breeding is slowly gaining momentum in Botswana and all thanks to the growing market demand for certain breeds.
The demand has seen more breeders mating selected dogs with the intention of maintaining or producing specific qualities and characteristics.
The sudden resurgence for dog breeding is rooted in the centuries long understanding that dogs are loyal to their owners and some people are so passionate about dogs that they are willing to part with some money just to own a well trained breed.
"There are always people looking to buy a dog on any given day and if you love dogs, you can make some money as a dog breeder and trainer," said dog breeder Mr Ealotse Reikeletseng.
Mr Reikeletseng is owner of RIMA Boerboels, a South African Boerbel Breeder's Society (SABBS) registered boerboel kennel, which started operating fully in September 2018 at Tshimoyapula lands.
Speaking in an interview, Mr Reikeletseng from Serowe and well known as Ricky opined that reliance on government initiatives breeded laziness as evidenced by the fact that most businesses that had been given hand-outs by government failed.
Even though he does not disapprove of government helping citizens, he said most beneficiaries lacked the drive, determination and passion to run their projects and ended up abandoning them due to lack of commitment.
Mr Reikeletseng said his love for dogs motivated him to start the business and that it was not a bed of roses as many people might think.
"As you start working on your resolutions, it is wise to think about those businesses that can easily guarantee a return on your investment," he stated.
The RIMA Boerboels kennel has a number of dogs, breeding females and males and senior males and puppies available for sale.
"We sell our puppies for P5 000 at 8-10 weeks old and to date we have sold close to 22 dogs to different breeders. Old ones are sold at around P15 000." He said.
He noted that although the Boerboel has become a popular breed internationally, the centre for breed specific knowledge remains in South Africa.
Mr Reikeletseng said the breed is manageable, reliable, obedient, trainable, intelligent, self-confident and fearless, further indicating that it is a dog with a strong protective instinct and loyal to members of the family.
He said it shows courage when threatened, steadfast and calm, with a balanced and confident nature when approached and males are distinctly masculine, larger and more heavily built with stronger bone, while females are distinctly feminine, but without weakness of substance or structure.
The dog breeder said the ideal height of a male is 66 cm but not lower than 60 cm while the ideal height of a female is 61 cm but not lower than 55 cm and the shape and size of the head is a typical feature of the breed.
Source : BOPA