Mid ulster dog rehoming and adoption group
I am just wondering if anyone has any advice on breeding a rescue dog, as this is what I plan to do in the future.
I rescued this dog off the streets as a small puppy, and am intending to keep her in the house as I live alone, with my sister taking care of her outside.
I currently live in mid-Ulster, and my dogs are already mostly house trned, and have never been outside for longer than 3 minutes at a time. I have my older male dogs on lead in the garden when they are outside, and my female dog is in a crate in her box with a piece of newspaper in it. Both of them are very calm dogs, and my other dogs (male and female) like them very much. I live in a small flat in Belfast, and don't plan to ever move house unless I have to, due to my dogs taking up so much room.
I was considering having another litter of puppies around February time, however I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing! I had my first litter in February 2011, and I would like to do a second one soon. I thought that the breeder could help me with some things about breeding. Unfortunately, I have no experience with breeding dogs, and have never seen a litter being born.
I have read quite a few dog breeders' books, however they all seem to tell you to keep any one dog that you are going to breed from and also that you must breed your dog to a pure breed that you cannot see in the other dogs on the litter. Obviously this makes no sense to me, as I don't even know what some breeds look like.
Do any of you people know anything about breeding? If so, could you advise me? If not, could you suggest any good books that might help?
You can get a little bit of experience from watching a litter with an experienced breeder, but really you will get more out of experience with dogs you're actually bringing home and playing with. When you do have a litter, you might find something interesting in doing a DNA test to determine some of the breeds in your dogs.
It seems very strange to me that a book is going to tell you you can't breed two dogs from one litter if you have no experience. It's not just what breed you see on one dog in the litter - it's also the breed you see on the other dogs in the litter.
When I bought my first dog, I had no idea what to look for, or where to get ideas from. I bought a Golden Retriever because it was about the only dog I could see in a litter, and because I liked the coat. It turned out to be a Golden, however my Golden was the runt of the litter, had a couple of health issues, was only about a pound and a half when I got her, and looked like an ugly dog with some health issues. It was really the other dogs in the litter that ended up being the most important. It turned out my health issues with the runt were just about average for a Golden Retriever, and the rest of the litter was pretty well, but not spectacularly, healthy.
If you ever do get a litter of puppies, I would suggest looking at all of them and asking yourself what you would want your dog to look like in the future. It's not always very apparent what breed is hidden in the litter. Is the runt going to grow up and be a small dog? Is the dog with health issues going to grow up and be a little hulking dog?
In the end, the dog I ended up with was the runt, and I got a lot of good advice about not breeding a Golden Retriever and keeping the runt. So in that case, the advice I got wasn't very good, but in the case of the litter I got the dog I wanted, with health issues and all. Advice is still good, just not as good as a litter of puppies.
You don't get the health problems because of the coat. As we discovered when we started breeding, the problem has to do with the genetics. It appears to be a frly dominant gene.
There are plenty of good reasons to go to a dog from the SGC, and it's much easier to find out if the dog is an SGC dog than it is to find out if the dog's parents and grandparents are from the SGC. The downside of an SGC dog is that they tend to get more health issues (like hip dysplasia), but they're still great dogs.
There are several breeders that sell puppies that are from the SGC, including CKC breeders, but we won't do that. One of the problems with the breed is that there are two versions of the breed, and if the owners don't understand the difference in the two breeds, problems will arise. The first one is the SGC that we are talking about, and the other is a different breed called a Collie / Poodle that is inbred. As a breeder you need to know the difference between the two breeds to make sure you are getting the correct type. Because of this, we only want to breed Collie / Poodles to Collie / Poodles. This way we know we are only breeding the "right" type of dog.
The problem with the Collie / Poodle is that it's pretty much inbred, so the problems tend to accumulate. Since that's what we want to avoid, this is the kind of dog we will not be breeding.
You will, though, still have to get him neutered if you want to breed. It is a common thing to have a male dog, of any breed, neutered so the bitch can continue to whelp once in a while.
We plan to have him neutered as soon as possible. We are in a small area, so we don't have to worry about having male dogs. We also have a young enough dog that we want to get into whelping by first breeding him to a bitch that is already in heat. When we can, we want to have him neutered and then get him a mate. I'm planning on getting him fixed as soon as we get him to the vet so he can have a better temperament. If the vets can be good about helping you with the problem that causes many of the temperament issues with large dogs, then they can be a great tool in helping to improve the temperament in our dogs.
I'm not saying I know a good vet who can help you with temperament issues, but just be careful. Find one that is experienced with large breed dogs.
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As a small bit of advice though, it might be a good idea to have your male neutered first, to avoid a problem like this in the future. If you are doing a large breeding it might be a good idea to have two of them neutered and mated at the same time to avoid these kinds of problems.
I personally would go the natural route and find him a girl and have him neutered before he is ready to get married, if there is anything you can do to speed