The Pros and Cons of Dog Breeding
The decision to breed your female dog is an important decision and one that should be taken very seriously. Some important considerations for the process, include finding the ideal mate for your female dog and the handling the possible health issues that may manifest during your dog’s pregnancy, after giving birth and thereafter.
If you are considering breeding your female dog, you should be able to answer yes to several questions. Some of these questions, include is the female a champion dog with championship ancestry? Is the male dog a champion dog with championship ancestry? Do the female and male dog have a great character and do they demonstrate the finest possible personality for the breed? Are both the male and female dog certified as free from hereditary or other health conditions? Are both dogs certified as well by a vet?
Additional questions that you should absolutely be able to respond, comprise are both dogs current on all vaccinations, worming and flea treatments? Is the female dog as a minimum two years of age and has it been no less than one year since her last litter? Can you monetarily afford any treatments that may be necessary for either the female, the puppies should there by any emergencies, or other circumstances arise? Do you have the time, room to house a litter of puppies, and are the puppies pre-sold and are the buyers able to provide suitable homes?
If you are able to presell the puppies, this can be some assurance that the puppies can go to the best, suitable homes. In addition, you as the breeder can interview and decide on which owner is best for your puppy.
The negative aspects of breeding your female dog are affiliated with possible health issues concerning the female and its puppies. Note that there are no guarantees, despite the healthiest of dogs. Issues during pregnancy as well as whelping and associated issues with the puppies can still manifest.
When female dogs have had a litter of puppies already, they are at a higher risk of contracting breast and ovarian cancers. Additionally, they could contract bladder control problems and infections of the reproduction system that could lead to the dog’s death. Certain breeds are prone to problems with whelping and giving birth. Thus, these breeds would benefit from veterinarian assistance while pregnant. If these female dogs do not have constant supervision, these dogs could have major complications during delivery that may include death.
After the puppies are born, they will need to have check ups by a vet and receive their first round of shots before being sent home with their new owners. In addition, puppies could have difficulties with their health that requires ongoing vet assistance and support. It is important to be prepared with adequate funding if the puppies should require such assistance.
Breeding your dog can be an emotional event, but it is still to think through every aspect of the process. This decision should not be made simply, because your family desires additional puppies to play with or should it be done on a whim. When you have done proper research, including speaking with a vet, breeding your dog can be a rewarding experience both emotionally and financially.