reasons to breed your bitch
bitch has a good pedigree with an excellent bloodline. She has
tested clear of all indigenous inherited problems and is sound of
mind, body and health. She has correct conformation with no major
or disqualifying faults and is outstanding in at least a couple of
wish to improve the breed and select a stud that is her equal or
better in all of the above listed traits and who does not share
any common faults with your bitch.
have a better than good chance to place each pup in the home that
is right for it.
have the funds to properly care for and raise the litter and to
handle any unforeseen emergencies that may arise.
have the facilities and finances to properly house and care for a
bitch and a large litter even if the puppies are still residents
at 6 months of age.
have the knowledge and integrity to properly evaluate your litter
and will stand behind every sale with some type of health and
are not only willing, but insist in writing in the contract, that
if, for any reason the pup cannot be kept (at whatever age) you
will take it back or assist in finding the right home.
are not good reasons to breed
the kids can see the miracle of birth. Children can learn about
birth from books and videos. This does not justify causing a
litter of perhaps 10 puppies to come into the world in need of
loving homes. Take a trip to the SPCA and see the sad results of
many dogs born for just this misguided reason.
should have one litter before she is spayed/he is altered. WRONG!
There is absolutely NO medical, physical or emotional reason that
a dog or bitch needs to reproduce itself except to continue the
species. In the case of a pet quality dog (or even some show dogs)
this does not apply.
want to recoup your investment. Even if you don't count the
expense of showing your bitch, it’s still an expensive business
to breed. You have to send both the male and female for medical
health screenings to rule out hereditary problems like hip
dysplacia. Routine check for any uterine or vaginal infections
will help ensure a live litter. Add stud fee to a good quality
stud who is right for your bitch and has, himself, passed all the
health screenings. If a C-section becomes necessary, it will cost
even more. Still think you're going to recoup your investment?
Better stick with an altered pet!
just so nice all my friends want one of her babies and I want one
just like her. I refer you to number 3 above. Those friends who
just have to have one of her pups have a strange way of back
peddling when the time comes to actually purchase the puppy. And
there's no guarantee that you'll have a puppy even remotely like
your dog or bitch. So is it worth all the expense to take the
chance? It's a lot cheaper to just go to a reputable breeder and
buy another dog!
She's a champion! She deserves to be bred! True, a championship is
likely a good indication that she is of top quality breeding stock
and many champions are of breeding quality. However some really
lovely champions should NEVER be bred because of health problems
or temperament problems or many of those problems in their
pedigrees. If a dog isn't sound in mind and health, it should not
and the Humane
Society of the United States.
day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000
puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates
exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals.
As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are
euthanized because there are no homes for them.
can you do to stop the suffering?
and neuter your pet! In addition to saving lives, spaying
and neutering can also drastically improve your pet's health
and life expectancy. The idea that pets become fat or lazy
when they are spayed or neutered is a myth. Sterilized pets
lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates
the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly
reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces
the risk of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.
Neutering also will make your pet more affectionate and less
likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.
SPCA (Society of Prevention to Cruelty of Animals) receives on average
1000 animals per month. Out of these 1000 animals, only 30 dogs and 20
cats manage to find a home, while the rest are being put to sleep.
don’t litter – spay or neuter your pets.
the female dog
hysterectomy is the medical name for the surgery that is performed to
spay a female dog. This surgery removes the dog’s uterus and
ovaries, after which the dog will have no estrus cycles (“coming
into heat”) and no more periodic bleeding. The dog will not be able
to conceive and this will prevent unwanted pregnancies and more
unwanted dogs being brought to this world.
is wise to spay female dogs for health reasons. Female dogs who are
spayed before their first heat cycle live longer, healthier lives. The
incidence of canine breast cancer is high in older, females that are
not spayed. Females who are spayed before they ever come into heat do
not develop mature breast tissue, and this greatly reduces the
incidence of breast cancer. In addition, spaying will reduce the risk
of tumors and infections of the reproductive tract.
is a major inconvenience dealing with a dog in heat. Female dogs come
into heat twice a year. A heat cycle lasts for about twenty-one days.
Depending on the individual dog, this cycle begins between the ages of
six months and fifteen months. Small dogs often come into heat at an
earlier age than large dogs. During the heat cycle there are new
problems to deal with. There are the behavior problems as seen in some
females, searching or yearning for available males. Throughout most of
the heat cycle, female dogs are either bleeding or spotting blood. The
discharge will soil the floor and mattress, especially if your dog
sleeps with you on the bed. If you have a male dog at home, the male
dog will go berserk. He will lose his appetite and may engage in
the male dog
a male dog involves the surgical removal of both testicles. The
scrotum is not removed during this procedure, merely opened for
testicle removal and then closed. After some post-operative swelling,
the scrotum usually shrinks in size and lies flat against the dog’s
than population control, there are lots of very, very good reasons to
neuter male dogs. They basically fall into one of two categories…
they're either behavioral or medical. Whether behavioral or medical,
most of the unwanted characteristics or conditions are caused by the
male hormone testosterone, which is produced within the testicle.
of the adverse behaviors of male dogs are sexually based. Although a
large percentage of unwanted behaviors results from lack of training,
sexual frustration can account for some behavioral problems. Strong
anxiety and frustration on the part of dogs
that are not neutered often lead to undesirable behaviors, such
as roaming, lifting a leg to urinate on furniture, and mounting
people’s legs. Neutered adult male dogs tend to be less aggressive
both toward other dogs and humans. The degree neutering has on
suppressing aggression varies between animals and the age at which it
is done. Its effect is greatest if it is done before one year of age.
Another behavioral advantage occurs when you are training or working
your dog. If neutered, he will be a much better student with a much
longer attention span when there are females nearby that are in heat.
medical advantages are numerous and even more significant. All are
caused by the effects of testosterone (male hormones) on the body or
are physical problems that arise within the testicles themselves.
most common medical problems eliminated in dogs neutered at an early
age are those involving the prostate.
Over 80% of all dogs that are not neutered develop prostate disease.
Prostate conditions such as benign enlargement, cysts,
and infection are all related to the presence of testosterone. Some
male dogs develop testicular disease as they get older. Since the
testes are removed when dogs are neutered, such dogs can never suffer
from testicular disease. Other medical advantages include improved
genetics, fewer hernias, and fewer perianal tumors.
consider spaying and neutering
the canine overpopulation problem and minimizing health risks are two
very good reasons to spay and neuter dogs. We know this decision is a
highly personal one, but we’d like to encourage pet owners to
consider spaying and neutering your pets.
Talk by John Ross and Barbara McKinney
You Breed Your Dog or Bitch? by Jill Swedlow
by Hwee Li