My dog is a 2 and a half year old miniature English bull terrier.(it was an unplanned pregnancy with twoo different breed of dogs). She gave birth to two still born puppies a few days ago. we managed to resuscitate one but unfortunately it died 3 days later. It was her first litter and our first time having puppies and this has given us the chance to learn from our mistakes nd know what to do for the next time. I have been looking through information and each thing i read there are different answers. We really want to breed her on her next season but are not sure any more. We previously thought that we should wait till the season after but from what i have read today it has told me that it is better to breed them in a row and them get them spayed as they would in the wild. It says that vets and professorial breeders recommend it.( i used to think it was a big NO, but am now asking her to see what people know.)We would only be looking to have 1 more litter and really need some advice.
(this is not my first dog i have owned a number of dogs before and know how to look after them and care for them, just dont know alot about this subject). Thanks for the help
I can’t really offer much advice here but in all honesty I’d listen toy our vet for his/her opinion
I am so sick of these keyboard warriors on here absolutely slaying people for breeding their dogs. Most of these people saying you are adding to the problem do not know what they are talking about.
I work at the RSPCA so I see the full effects of people, I have been working there ages and guess what, year before last I bred my pedigree Labrador, she had 9 healthy puppies all of which are now in good homes, none in animal shelters.
Also we was going to breed her sister as well but she ruptured her crucial ligament so we decided not to breed.
Dogs are in animal shelters due to rubbish owners or bad situations, not due to people breeding their dog once.
Yes puppy farmers are wrong but this isn’t what this is about so stop slating people for something that you know nothing about.
I all fairness to the dog give her one clear season and then think about it for the following one. To breed on the next season will be unfair on her and may complicate the issue if she has not fully recovered from this litter. The Kennel Club would not let you register litters on consecutive seasons which is a guide line you should take on board.
You did not need to have let her carry those puppies to term either after the mis- mating as a couple of injections from the vet could have dealt with the issues.
On a sensible note, did you have her vet checked to see there were no more puppies still in place, as two is an unusually low number, and you need to now rule out the risk of any infection being present after the birth process.
There is or was a book on the market called The Book of the ***** which was the best bible around for a long time……….but this breed is not easy to breed, well easy enough to mate but the body shape means birthing is not straight forward so next.
Have more vet involvement as well next time, the fluid is because the puppy was in the birth canal too long, and this could have been prevented.
Another base line guideline is also not to breed until you have a waiting list of buyers, because as good as your dog’s pedigree might be, if you get the sire wrong they will not sell.
Also if you become a member of the breed club they will tell which health checks should be in place before breeding, which means things like hip and eye screening first, or perhaps elbow scores and DNA swabs which are all done for the good of the breed. If you are not prepared to pay for the tests then you should not breed.
I have a young puppy on breed terms with me, but she will not be bred (and only the one litter ever) until she is over two years old and only after I have done eye tests, hip and elbow scores and a breed specific DNA test. These tests will cost me hundreds of pounds but I follow the breed standards and owe it to my girl not to breed on unless she is perfect to start with
I’m sorry you lost them, it must have been very upsetting. The only person who should be answering this is really your vet. He/she is the best person to check her overall health and see if there is some kind of problem going on. My priority would be my dog’s health so we’d be visiting the vet anyway. You can ask your vet’s opinion, then decide what you want to do.
My dogs are both spayed, and I can understand arguments for and against. For me, the decision was easy because I follow a few rescue centres on Facebook and Twitter. There are so many homeless dogs and dogs euthanised just because they have no home that breeding would make me feel guilty. I would end up with all of the puppies permanently resident… Hubby would love that (not). Besides one of my dogs suffers from a chronic genetic disorder, so passing that on would be no good to anyone.
Whether the puppy was able to be resuscitated or not, either she has issues giving birth or being pregnant that isn’t giving adequate support to her pups (or prolonged and silent labor that is stressing them literally to death), or she has a genetic weakness recessive that she’s passing on to potential pups.
Both issues make her unsuitable for breeding. Passing on any kind of genetic issue is never a good thing. Please, be content with her as a pet, and spay her as soon as a vet considers it safe (they’ll probably want to wait until she’s recovered from labor and pregnancy before surgery.)
If you decide that breeding is something you really want to do, get in touch with some breeders and get a mentor before acquiring a female for breeding a litter. They should be able to teach you how to research the bloodline and genetics of the potential mom, how to look for the best complement genetically available for the sire, and all the ins and outs of prenatal and birthing care.
And the whole ":in the wild": thing isn’t because it’s best for the animal – it’s because ":in the wild": animals have a short window to procreate before they are likely to die – so they have to take advantage of every opportunity. That doesn’t make it ideal, just necessary for species survival, not a consideration for a cared for domestic animal.
There could be many reasons as to why your pups did not make it, but in all honesty….. since you’ve no mentor, this b*tch needs to be spayed. Another pregnancy could kill her so if you truly love her….
you need to fix her.
Hard to believe it was ":unplanned": if you’re wanting to do it again…….
Not every dog is created to be a proper breeder……. reputable breeders understand this…. sometimes we even will make a mistake, it happens. Dogs in the wild breed strongest to strongest to insure their lineage survives for generations to come. If you’ve every watched a wolf documentary, you would witness this.
This dog is not a good mum whether genetically, mentally, or physically…… she’s here to be a pet.
It’s very unfortunate that she lost the puppies.
It’s even more unfortunate that you would even consider breeding her again. There are so many homeless dog’s in shelters and in rescues that need a forever home that are facing death’s row right now and you’re helping contribute to this ongoing problem, by bringing more puppies into this world. Please, spay you’re dog. Reputable breeders breed their dog to better the breed, not just to produce another dog.
Unless you’re dog is health tested, temperament tested, involved in show or any other kind of event I would not consider breeding her. There are too many health factors involved.
If you insist on breeding her, at least do this. Take a day and volunteer at you’re local animal shelter and see if you still want to breed after that.
EDIT: If you still want to breed even after adopting 3 other dogs as you say, then shame on you. You should know what goes on in shelters and yet you still want to add more unwanted dog’s into the world. Save the breeding for the professionals. If you are on Yahoo Answers looking for answers on how to breed, then you should NOT breed!
Unfortunately, the meaning of dead puppies means that this dog is not suitable for breeding, and that pregnancy puts too much stress on the body.
Breeding dogs is not to just be tackled like that. Some dogs are meant to be mothers, some aren’t. Breeding again could easily kill your dog, and it’s not fair to put your pet through that stress.
You shouldn’t breed dogs every season they should be at least 2 and breed them every 3 seasons if you are going to professionally bred them. And I herd that if the puppies are born dead the mother is not suited to be bread
if she gave birth to dead pups, then she should be spayed and never Bred again. If you breed her again, your not only putting the pups lives at danger – but your putting the mothers life in danger too.
Have her spayed, and leave breeding to those of us that know what we’re doing. if you have toa sk for advice on yahoo, then you should not breed your dogs. Period.
this is a question for your breeding mentor, and not yahoo.
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