|Barked: Wed Feb 4, '09 10:10pm PST |
|I am a breeder of Beagles. I show and breed AKC dogs. A word of caution, breeding is NOT all the it is cracked up to be. It is very, very common for Beagles to require c-sections and often only result in just a few puppies. If your bitch is not experienced she can lay on the puppies, refuse to feed them, and even kill them. Not to mention loosing puppies due to genetic defects, chills, and many other things that can kill young puppies as they are very fragile and can fade fast and for no reason. None of this is easy for a child to take and can be upsetting. You should do all required health testing (hips, eyes, heart, and thyroid) as should the sire. Beagles can produce a variety of ailments, such as allergies, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, heart murmurs, Musladin-Lueke syndrome, chrondrodystrophy, hyper or hypothyroidism, etc. Are you prepared for what happens if a puppy you sell develops one of these? If you have a litter of 9, I highly doubt you plan on keeping all of them. Some will go to other homes. Imagine how you would feel if you purchased a puppy, who became your children's best friend, that developed one of these conditions. Do you know for a fact that your dog does not carry for any of these diseases? What about her parents? Her grandparents? Great grandparents? Same goes for the sire. Genetic flaws can pop up 16 generations later.
Breeding a bitch does not help their temperment. In fact spaying them helps their temperment more. Intact bitches are more territorial, moody, more likely to pick fights, not to mention heats are messy and a pain in the rear. I do it because I love the breed. I breed to produce dogs that are healthy in body and mind. All my dogs have passed their health tests and have earned their CHIC titles from the Canine Health Foundation. They are AKC champions and often have an obedience title or CGC. I stand behind my dogs throughout their entire life. I spend many sleepless nights raising the puppies and socializing them to be great ambassadors for the breed and beloved family companions. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time, but worth it to me to breed responsibly. Do your family companion a favor and spay her, and do it soon.
I know you will do what is best for your family and your puppy.
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