|Jenny, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Sun Mar 8, '09 6:48pm PST |
|"Abby" covered the bases really well! I would add that a neutered dog makes a MUCH better pet, and having puppies can sure change your sweet pet's temperament in a big hurry.
As for having a litter being better... NO WAY, NO HOW. Neutering at the appropiate age makes sense both medically and emotionally. Boy dogs begin to mark everything in sight, and girl dogs are emotional wrecks when in heat (which is going to happen at least twice before she's old enough to be tested and bred), and when nursing babies. She will also be very protective of those pups and it's not unusual for her to bite human family members.
And, NEVER forget the risk of losing your beloved pet while having puppies... it happens more than you can imagine. My lab bitch nursed an orphan litter of 12 boxers with her last litter... the mom died while having them, and I have an orphan poodle pup here right now whose owner lost the mom during a c-section. Thankfully in both cases there were nursing moms available to take the orphans.