Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

    Arlington Heights

    Animal Breeder is one of the career choices for this career focus.
    Animal Breeders raise and sell dogs, cats, horses, birds, and other animals. They select animals to mate based on good genes, which results in high-quality offspring.


    • Earnings Range: $18,000 – 60,000

    Level of Education

    • High School
    • 2-Year College or Technical Training
    • 4-Year College or University

    Core Tasks

    • Feed and care for animals
    • Monitor animals for diseases or health issues
    • Keep records of health and reproductive histories
    • Decide which animals should mate based on genetics and health
    • Sell young animals to owners and pet stores

    Attributes & Abilities

    • Organized
    • Research skills
    • Record-keeping skills
    • Physical strength is needed to work with large animals


    • Self-employed or work for breeding operations
    • Work indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of animal bred
    • Full-time breeders often work long, irregular hours
    • Care for the animals 7 days a week, or hire help
    • Breeders of large animals usually live in rural areas

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    High School Certification Options in Fort Worth ISD

    Counted Towards Performance Acknowledgement:
    Texas Beef Quality Assurance
    (Texas Beef Council, Texas and SW Cattle Raisers Association AND Texas Agrilife Extension)

    Not Counted Towards Performance Acknowledgement:
    OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification