|Barked: Sat Feb 25, '12 1:44pm PST |
|Ah! I didn’t realize that. I’m glad that you had a positive experience and didn’t have any issues.
I wasn’t trying to say “if you breed all of these bad things WILL happen,” I was just trying to point out that there are inherent risks that might happen, and they become more likely the smaller the dam is. Kind of like with people- really tiny, petite women with small hips generally have a much more difficult time in pregnancy/childbirth and end up getting C-sections, which in turn is more dangerous and expensive than natural birthing. My mom is a perfect example of that!
Anyhoo, based on what I’ve read on dogster, most of people on here are going to discourage you from breeding altogether. Many of the few people who are for breeding would only say it is a good idea if you show your dog and she has won awards, in addition to doing it responsibly and breeding her to another champion male who compliments her temperament- as that “betters the breed.”
A very small amount of people on here would say “yes, go for the breeding as long as you do it responsibly (ie: only breed the dam if she is temperamentally stable/structurally sound/large enough/confirmed to be healthy by vet tests, only breed her to a male who is smaller than her who has also met the criteria mentioned for the female, try have homes lined up for the puppies if possible, make sure to have enough money to take care of any medical issues that might arise if there are any complications, etc.)
A huge majority of the people on here are going to encourage you to go the rescue route, and most of them will see that as the only ethical way to go about getting a new dog. A smaller amount will recommend getting your pup from good breeder who health tests/etc.
Honestly, like I said, the safest route is to either adopt through a rescue or to buy a puppy from a solid breeder, because then you don’t ever have the risks of pregnancy to deal with at all. But, if you have had experience and are prepared for any negative things that could happen in the process, she is your dog and you are free to do what you want with her, regardless of what anyone else says you should or should not do.
And yes, blowing coat is super common in Pomeranians following pregnancy. To an extent, unspayed females also blow their coat following a heat cycle even without pregnancy- though the shed is usually not nearly as profuse as it is following whelping puppies. My Oogie went through 1 heat cycle and blew quite a bit of coat following it! She’s just now starting to fluff back up
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