In Finland, there are approximately 13,000 dog breeders who have bred a litter in the past five years. Most of the breeding is very small scale home breeding. It is important for the breeders to know their breed and the matters affecting its health extremely well in order to take these matters into account in their breeding and to give puppy buyers important information to support dogs’ development and well-being.

The Finnish Kennel Club supports responsible canine breeding. Breed clubs and associations promote the breeding of their breeds. The Finnish Kennel Club and the breed clubs joint guidelines for breeding and its guidance are defined in the Finnish Kennel Club’s general breeding strategy.