Things To Know Before Breeding Your Doggy
Breeding a doggy is a serious task, and there are numerous variables to consider in order to protect the mother’s and pups’ health, as well as the happiness of future owners. Before planning a litter, the finest breeders learn how to breed doggies and perform extensive research.
Let’s start with some basic terms you may or may not be familiar with.
▪️ A female doggy is known as a Bitch.
▪️ A Dam is a doggy’s version of a mother.
▪️ The period during which a bitch is fertile is referred to as “heat.”
▪️ The puppies born from a single pregnancy are referred to as a litter.
▪️ Doggy menstruation season
▪️ Sire is the canine equivalent of the word “father.”
▪️ The male doggy who mates with the bitch is known as a stud.
▪️ A newborn puppy is known as a whelp.
▪️ A doggy giving birth is known as whelping.
A stud and a bitch are purposefully brought together during the fertile period of the bitch’s heat cycle in order for the animals to mate and produce litter. There are thousands, if not millions, of unwanted pets, looking for a safe and loving home, so any breeding decision should be carefully considered.
Here are some basic questions you may have when it comes to the birth or pregnancy of your doggy.
Is It Safe to Breed a Bitch During Two Heat Seasons?
That depends on how many puppies she had in the first season and how to fit she was during pregnancy, whelping, and lactation. She should not be bred if she had multiple puppies and is thin by the time they were weaned. She will most likely be unable to achieve normal body condition before she is in heat again. She could be bred again if she had a small litter the first time around and is in good physical condition. Every situation and bitch should be assessed on its own merits.
When Should Puppies Start Nursing After Birth?
Because puppies are unable to produce antibodies on their own at birth, it is critical that they get their dam’s first milk, colostrum, which is high in disease-fighting antibodies. Puppies can only absorb these antibodies from their intestines during the first 24 hours of their lives. If your bitch refuses to feed until all of the puppies have been delivered, don’t worry. This is a common occurrence that poses little harm to puppies.
How Often Do Doggies Get Pregnant?
By the age of 24 months, heifers should have a clear heat cycle. Bitches’ heat cycles vary in regularity, but on average, a female goes into heat every seven months. A bitch is not deemed abnormal until she hasn’t had a noticeable heat cycle in the previous year.
The decision to bring life into this world should not be taken lightly or without thought, so to better understand the process of breeding here are more things you should consider.
If you’ve ever had to care for a pet who has a health issue, you know how difficult it can be. Schedule a “breeding soundness assessment” with a breeder-friendly veterinarian before opting to breed, well before she’s in heat. Inform them that you intend to breed her or him.
The veterinarian will examine the eyes, ears, skin, heart, lungs, joints, tummy, and reproductive organs to ensure that they are in good working order. Your veterinarian may need to take X-rays of your doggy’s joints, or you may need to schedule further screening tests with a specialist such as a cardiologist or an ophthalmologist, depending on your doggy’s breed.
Pregnancy is a wonderful event, but it is also extremely taxing on the mother’s body. Avoid breeding her while she’s either too young or past her prime. The age range at which pregnancy is acceptable varies by breed, so make sure to discuss this with your veterinarian. You might also want to talk about her chances of having trouble whelping, as some breeds are more likely than others to have problems.
There are several aspects to consider when breeding your doggy ethically, and it’s crucial to keep these criteria apart from emotion. We can work together to ensure that all doggies have a loving home from the moment they are born and stay as healthy as possible until their last goodbye by waiting for the perfect timing with the right people