Animal Breeder

Research animal bloodlines and match up specific traits to be reproduced.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Animal Breeders do?

Technically speaking, if you allow Fido and Fluffy to give birth to a litter of puppies you are an Animal Breeder. And it’s not a bad way to make a few bucks on the side either. You could also sell a few calves while running a farm, or help increase the population of an endangered species through your efforts at the zoo. As you can see, there are many ways to involve yourself as an Animal Breeder.

If you already own animals that you wish to breed, you might look for certain qualities in them—speed in a racehorse, or a shiny coat in a particular breed of dog, for example. You research the bloodlines of these animals, and then make matches that increase your chances of a valuable offspring. In addition to performance animals, Animal Breeders breed animals for meat or by-products (eggs, milk). Or, they specialize in increasing the populations of rare animal species, such as pandas.

Regardless of the species, the process is basically the same. You evaluate the animals for traits, health, age, and cost (when you rent a stud, for example). You introduce the animals, and hope for a natural connection. If a natural connection doesn’t happen, or if you don’t wish to bother waiting for nature, you help the process along through fertilization techniques.

You extract semen from the males, insert it into the females, and watch for signs of pregnancy. Once the baby (or babies) arrive, you provide care and arrange for the sale, keeping careful health and financial records along the way.

Should I be an Animal Breeder?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: AI Technician, Animal Husbandman, Artificial Insemination Technician, Broodmare Foreman, Dairy Husbandry Worker See More

    How to become an Animal Breeder

    Most Animal Breeders have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9makat&chl=no+college+%2848%25%29|certificate+%2830%25%29||bachelor%27s+%288%25%29||doctorate+%2815%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,48,48
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