|Barked: Fri Mar 15, '13 1:45pm PST |
|I've got several things I've seen on various other forums, mostly GSD forums, so here they are below.
Should I Breed Flowchart
Ask them questions:
What makes their dog breed worthy?
Why are they breeding them? Profit? Cute puppies? To better the breed?
Have they been health tested? Health problems can crop up in the next generations.
Do they have a trackable pedigree?
Can they give a health guarantee?
Can they provide a home for ALL the puppies until they find homes, or if their new owners for some reason cannot keep them?
Can they provide lifetime support?
Do they know the basics of a heat cycle, or how to time matings?
Do they know how the two breeding dogs could compliment one another's genetic traits?
Are they capable of doing the job they were bred to do?
Are they aware of the costs? Emergency costs during pregnancy or labor, vaccinations, dewormings and microchips for puppies, regular vet check ups during pregnancy for the dam, food for the weaned puppies and for the parents, costs of cleanup and care while they're in their care..
Are they aware of the potential things that could go wrong for dam and puppies?
Do they know how long a gestation period is?
Do they have a breeder/breed mentor?
You can always use my family member as an example too. They were not responsible in keeping their two Rottweilers separate during their females heat. They didn't WANT to breed her, but didn't really care if she got pregnant either, which, at eight years old is pretty old to be bred, not to mention that the littermates of the dam had all been put to sleep or passed away by the age of eight due to health problems and/or hip problems. So their female got pregnant. She went into labor(unexpectedly because the idiots didn't figure out how long a gestation period is for a female dog). She had six puppies. Four were stillborn. They never breathed oxygen into their lungs after birth, and even upon trying to get them breathing, did not. One was alive and doing well. They assumed after the five, that mama was done having puppies. Even had a vet look at her and he said the same thing(ultrasounds or xrays are really the only way to tell - a Vet just feeling the dogs stomach isn't going to tell). Two days later, she went outside for a pee break in -30C weather, where she dropped her sixth puppy. This puppy had to be resuscitated and was immediately rejected by her mother. For two days, this puppy was bottle fed, but was not eating properly and eventually, passed in their arms. They resuscitated her again. Ten times, on the way to the emergency Vet. Upon getting there, they learned she had acquired aspiration pneumonia and by having lacked oxygen to her brain so much during that time to the Vet, the verdict was not good. This puppy had a very, very slim chance at life, and if she did live, would have likely had brain damage as a result. They made the decision to have her humanely euthanized. Only one puppy survived out of six. They were devastated, completely heartbroken. But they learned their lesson. All at the expense of these dogs and their health and lives. The dam was put to sleep humanely at nine years old because of her hips and her deteriorated health.
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