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2022 Embark for Breeders Holiday Gift Guide


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Looking for holiday gift ideas for the active dog breeder in your life? Whether a first-time breeder or a well-established one, Embark for Breeders offers these practical and fun gift suggestions for both breeder and her dam’s puppies.                                                         

Litter Announcement Bandana

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Show off your excitement about the arrival of puppies with the “Hey, I have a litter” bandana for the dam of the household. This Whiskers World fashion statement comes in various colors for the scarf and the embroidery thread. Polo, the Norwegian Elkhound, is seen here making a fashion statement. This can be a fun way to make the litter announcement on social media. 

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Embark Dog DNA Test

Not sure what Embark for Breeders Dog DNA Kits your breeder friends or breed club members need at the moment? Try the handy Embark Dog DNA Test Gift Card. It’s available in $50, $75, $100, $150, and $200 amounts. After purchase you can send the gift card via email.


Breeder Whelping Tools 

Durawhelp Whelping Box

whelping box

Since 1994, Durawhelp has been the world’s safest whelping box. It’s easy to clean, lightweight, and comes in a variety of sizes to fit your breed. This breeder’s choice box comes with a number of great accessories. A great gift for the first-time breeder. As a breeder myself, I use the Durawhelp whelping box for several reasons including cleanliness of the box with its easy to clean material, lightweight construction allows me to move the box around easily, and set up is a breeze. 

Therma-Whelp Warming System

Looking to upgrade your whelping box with its own warming system? Keep those pups snuggly warm before they can regulate their own temperature with this safe heating element. This system from Durawhelp comes with a lamp, base stand, and temperature strip. 

Puppy ID Collars with Record Keeping Forms 

puppy collars

Super soft, Gamuda nylon whelping collars come in brilliant colors to help identify individual puppies since they are all equally adorable and cute.  For breeders, like myself, I find these collars with the velcro closures adjust for size easily as the puppies grow. I love the variety of colors to target boys and girls based on the collar color. Handy record-keeping forms help me track all of the puppies essential data from weight to worming, and from vet visits to vaccines. 

Digital Scale 

digital puppy scale

Weighing puppies is crucial from the moment they are born. This Ascher Electronic Scale with Bowl keeps track of daily growth, which is important to make sure puppies are nursing enough and gaining weight each day. 


Around the House 

Impact Stationary Dog Crate  

impact crate

All puppies need a crate for housebreaking, feeding, a time out, and for safe travel in vehicles. Impact crates come in a variety of sizes and eye-catching colors, and are made of space-grade aluminum from 99% recycled materials.

“Flying Saucer” Puppy Dish 

flying saucer puppy dish

Hands down a classic! Dubbed the “Flying Saucer” dish, this litter feeding bowl from Animal Revival Health not only keeps food on the outside of the bowl for easy access, but prevents puppies from stepping in their food, sometimes! I’ve used flying saucer puppy dishes for decades because it’s the best way to feed an age-appropriate litter of hungry puppies all at once. One bowl makes clean up a breeze. This dish could also double in a low-budget sci-fi alien movie. Dishwasher safe. 

Braided Fleece Toys 

fleece toys

This pack of SunshineBoutiq braided fleece toys are perfect to send home with each puppy. Toss the toys to the pups a few days before they depart and it will pick up the scent of the litter to travel with them to their new home. New puppy buyers who come to pick up their new family companion from me love the idea of bringing home a toy with reminders of the pups back home. Washable. 


Gifts for the Dog Breeder 

You Don’t Scare Me I Breed Dogs Coffee Mug

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Remind friends and family of a breeder’s self confidence with this coffee mug every time your breeder friend needs that morning jolt

Personalized Wine Tumbler 

wine tumbler

Create that one-of-a-kind message that only a dog breeder’s sense of humor can appreciate, along with their name, on this festive wine tumbler for the holidays.  

Silky Touch Lounge Blanket 

silky touch blanket

Curl up on the couch after a long day playing with puppies when evenings turn cool and a little extra warmth besides your favorite dog is needed. It’s machine washable, because it has to be if you snuggle with dogs. 


Puppy Play Time 

Puppy Ball Pit and Play Balls  

puppy ball pit

Puppies can’t resist a ball pit! The Jacone Portable Ball Pit is great for building muscles, balance, and coordination in puppies as they mature and get ready to head to their new homes. The Click N’ Play Pack of 200 Phthalate Free BPA Free Crush Proof Plastic Balls are sold separately. Not only are these great for the pit, but my puppies love chasing the balls around the house as they discover a whole new world outside of the whelping box. 

Mini Roller Balls 

The JW Pet Company Mini Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy comes in a pack of three mini roller balls. These two inch-diameter natural rubber balls are perfect for developing the retrieving instinct in the little puppies in your life. My puppies love to prance around the backyard with a roller ball in its mouth. Nothing beats the durability of these soft toys after fun play sessions tossing the ball for the pups to chase and return. 

NapTime Fleece Toys 


fuzzy puppy toy

The Ethical Pet Fleece Bone Squeaky Tough Plush Dog Toy is the perfect companion for puppy play times with littermates. The heavy-textured, natural-colored fleece toy doubles as a pillow when pups plop down after play. 



Lisa Peterson Contributor

Award-winning writer, journalist, and podcast host Lisa Peterson is a canine subject matter expert and Content Strategy Lead at Embark Veterinary. She served as the American Kennel Club director of communications and club communications for 10 years before becoming a Westminster Kennel Club public relations consultant from 2016 to 2021. Lisa began owning, breeding, and handling Norwegian Elkhounds more than 35 years ago, and today is an AKC judge and AKC Breeder of Merit.

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