Myths About Breeding
There are many myths on breeding your pet.
Let's say you or your spouse bought the dog as a family pet and now are thinking about breeding.
Please read this.
1) Every female should have one litter before being spayed. FALSE
There is no reason, physically or temperamentally to breed any female except improvement of the breed. If spayed, she is less likely to develop mammary cancer, surely won’t develop uterine cancer, and won’t suffer whelping risks.
2) I want the kids to see the miracle of birth. WRONG
Every puppy born is the ultimate responsibility of the breeder as long as that dog is alive. That means if the puppies aren’t all placed by the time they are 8-10 weeks old, you deal with it.
You don’t take them to the shelter for someone else to have to place or destroy. You don’t give them away in front of the supermarket – you don’t let them loose in the country and hope they find homes before they starve, get hit on the road, or die of disease.
You feed, vaccinate, clean up after, socialize and love them until good, permanent homes are found. If they need to be relocated a year later – you deal with it.
Every litter born means a 10+year commitment.
You do not want to teach your children that life is unimportant. Let them watch a video on whelping while you have your nice pet female spayed.
3) I want my male to be a daddy, it will settle him down. FALSE
A neutered (castrated) male is happy. He is not at the mercy of raging hormones. He is not at risk of escaping when tempted by neighborhood females. He will never get testicular cancer. He will be less likely to indulge in marking pattern wetting.
Unless he is such an outstanding example of his breed that, after proving his excellence in the show or performance arenas, it would be necessary to use him, he is much better off neutered.
A pet dog should be just that, a pet. He or she does not require reproductive organs to be a pet.
4) My dog was expensive. I want to earn back his/her cost. WRONG
It cost money to properly raise a litter. Vet fees, breeding fees, food, testings – all cost money. If you are lucky, you may just break even.
Time and money is spent on making sure each pup is well socialized and healthy. Not to mention that mom also needs pre-natal care and a special diet.
5) My aunt (uncle, best friend) wants one of Fluffy’s pups. WRONG
Very seldom will Fluffy have only one puppy, and that of the desired color and sex.
Refer to #2 for questions about the rest of Fluffy’s litter! There are also sexually transmitted diseases between dogs, hip X-rays, eye checks, blood checks....
Breeding dogs in today’s world is best left to the professionals. Genetics is essential when breeding if you are to have healthy and sound puppies with great temperaments.
Ethically and financially, it is better to spay or neuter your pet.
Valley Pet News Sacramento CA @ 1991
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