|10-01-2013 11:54 PM|
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|10-01-2013 10:35 PM|
leave town and take your mother with you.
|10-01-2013 07:16 PM|
|10-01-2013 06:49 PM|
I once told my mother that all my problems where her fault, because it's the duty of the female to choose the best genes for her progeny and she chose... my dad and his crappy genes
But I suspect it's not what you are talking about...
|10-01-2013 06:13 PM|
|Blitzkrieg1||Meh its a toy breed, if she is looking after the bitch well whats the harm? Iv owned Byb toy breeds before they didnt seem to have any more issues then registered dogs. Its not like you have to worry about workability..haha.|
|10-01-2013 05:41 PM|
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|10-01-2013 04:10 PM|
If she hasn't bred her bitch yet, then definitely go and find out about Maltese and the health problems they have as a breed -- what checks should be done. Hip dysplasia is probably not one of them, but blindness or other issues crop up in little dogs, and those that are more popular are more likely to have more health concerns to test for.
Also a good book on breeding. Breeding little dogs has its own set of issues. often little dogs have singletons or small litters, she needs to be prepared for this. the chances of needing a c-section are far greater for very small litters -- pup is bigger than usual and can get stuck easier. Also when a litter is small, labor may not start, or it may stop before a pup is born, or the last pup is born.
Also small dogs can die from calcium deficiency quite easy. The pups grow pretty fast and take a LOT from mom. Her body produces the calcium, the they scarf it out of her. If she was supplemented with calcium during pregnancy, then her body might not try to make/convert whatever enough to support her and the puppies, after they start to be 2-3 weeks old. Your mother needs to know about this and the signs that she is having eclampsia.
And, litters for small dogs need to be kept very warm. Maybe 90 or higher with no drafts in the welping box. A GSD has more body heat, and a small heat lamp is usually sufficient to keep her pups warm, while she is spending most of her time in there with them. But with a small dog it is not necessarily so.
I have never had anything but GSDs but I have a friend who raises Yorkies, and I hear things and read things.
|10-01-2013 02:58 PM|
As for any puppies she produces having issues, idk. Her dog is cute, and I'm no expert in Maltese, but I'm pretty sure she couldn't afford the type of investment it would have taken to purchase a good breeding bitch when she bought her. The dog is fed well and vetted, etc. When Mom can't afford that, I cover the expenses for her. As for health testing for breeding, though, I doubt it's something she has even considered. She mentioned that she met someone at the store or somewhere who has a male and that they are discussing breeding the two. It just reminded me of all the YIKES stories I see here in the forum about people being approached in the park and asked to provide stud services, etc. I guess that's what sparked my concern. It's not like she has a breeding plan, etc. Hmmm...maybe that's somewhere to start. I could look for some books on Amazon about breeding Maltese and send them maybe? I think she would probably love that. She STILL has a copy of one book published in the 1980s that mentioned one of our GSDs (her very first SchH dog) by name and she is sooo proud to show it to people.
|10-01-2013 02:49 PM|
|selzer||Or you can read on the maltese forum where someone lost her pregnant bitch and puppies, and you can mention that to your mom. If it is her little princess, she might not want to risk it again. But if her bitch had no trouble the first time, she probably won't worry too much about the risk.|
|10-01-2013 02:46 PM|
The young man is schizophrenic, and I am not about to argue with him about what he does. He is not going to ruin the pit breed, not the American Bulldog breed by what he is doing. It is simply not my business.
A few years ago when he was living with his dad, his dad got carted off to prison, and he was caring for his father's 40+ pits. One got loose and the dog warden came, and they came and shut him down.
Now my brother's wife is selling springer spaniels. She is finding homes for the puppies, and my brother is actually allowing them in the house -- amazing, really, for him. It simply isn't my business. They are not doing anything illegal. I like to think they do better with dogs than they do with horses, but then I remember Merlin -- rough collie killed when given horse wormer, and Dixie -- didn't fix the broken hip, and the mutt puppy they got from the shelter, who landed in the road and is no more, and Dusty the chow mix they had that attacked the HS Principle's wife when it chewed its way out of the basement window when they were on vacation.
I am sure they have their opinions about me and my dogs.
I guess I figure if the dogs seem to be in good condition, we should probably keep our opinions to ourselves when it comes to family. If someone comes on here and asks about it, we should educate, and hopefully not run them off. But people who aren't asking, well, they probably aren't going to take your unsolicited advice very positively.
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