There is a guy around my town whom I kind of know. I have a bitch that's 1.5 years old and he has a male that's 1 year old.
He has said to me once or twice that they should mate to get some pups of which I have no interest in. He's just mentioned it and isn't putting any pressure on or anything.
I met him a while ago and he said that it's good for them to have pups once anyway to allow them to be what they are for - a mother. It's a part of them.
What do people think about this?
Just tell him that you couldn't take the heat cycle and got her spayed.
Having puppies is awesome. Hearing a baby-puppy cry that first time, smelling puppy breath, holding them close to you and petting their clean fur. Feeling their tiny heart beat in your hand. Watching your bitch know instinctively how to clean and care for her puppies. It is special.
It is also a lot of work, responsibility, anxiety, and it can be a lot of heartache.
30% of full term puppies die within the first week. They do not all die at birth. Sometimes you watch them struggle, and try to keep them going, and keep moving them onto the bitch, and they still don't thrive. You rush them to the vet, and sometimes they don't know what they are doing with baby-puppies either. Sometimes after all that, you lose the puppy anyway.
Losing a puppy that you knew for 1-3 days isn't easy, but it is nothing to losing your bitch. And why? Because some fellow on the street says that a bitch ought to experience motherhood? Well, then tell him to go out and buy himself a bitch and to leave yours alone.
The work, anxiety, and heartbreak is ALL on the bitch owner, and the bitch. The dog owner spends 45 minutes to and hour during the mating, maybe 1-3 times, and then he is done. Sure he wants YOU to have a litter of puppies with his awesome dog.
Having a litter of puppies sounds great until you think about what it entails. If you really aren't that interested, than by no means let anyone talk you into it. You have to be totally committed to the idea to risk your bitch, and then to follow through with all of the puppies, until you find each of them a suitable home.