|Barked: Sat Oct 24, '09 12:07pm PST |
|people feel very strongly about breeding on this site, which you'll figure out, if you haven't already. Many of us (myself included with Sam) have dogs that came from poor breeders and have the inclusive health problems to go with it. We believe responsible breeders breed to better the breed, not for profit. I am glad you said you have done the health tests on both parents to ensure they are healthy. Depending on how close these litters are, that could be part of the problem. Most ethical breeders will only breed about every two years, at most, once a year, and that only once a female has reached her full maturity, usually after a few years of conformation or obedience trials. See what we're getting at?
If you have a good relationship with your dog's breeder, call them. Also, if you are not, then you should be selling your pups with limited registration. This will ensure that no offspring from the pups will be registerable. Also, please have a contract that requires the dogs to be returned to you if for any reason the purchaser is unable to keep the dogs. You should also be doing background checks on potential owners. You want your pups to be family dogs, not breeders.
To answer your question, it is not uncommon for the litter size to vary. Again, though, I would attribute this to the litters being too close together. It's possible that is not the case, but it's the first thing that comes to my mind. 2 pups is a very small litter for a Golden. I would expect at least 4-6 as a minimum. I know Boxers (slightly smaller) usually have between 6-8 pups, although, again there are always variations in litter size. I am not a breeder, but I have an excellent relationship with my breeder and she has agreed to be my mentor. I am not ready yet, but my show dog will come from her when I have the time to dedicate myself to that life. They deserve nothing less.
Edited by author Sat Oct 24, '09 12:08pm PST
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