|03-06-2014 01:52 PM|
SO YOU WANT TO BREED DOGS DO YOU?
|03-06-2014 12:54 PM|
You have actually gotten excellent advice. I'll reiterate:
1. Don't breed them on this heat. Wait until the next one. They are too young to breed right now, both must be 2 years of age to get OFA hips (more on that below).
2. Talk to the breeder you got your dogs from. If she has been breeding for 45 years, she should have some good experience and advice to share with you.
3. Get both dogs hips x-rayed to make sure that they do not have hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a painful and crippling disease that is all too common in the GSD. You cannot tell if a dog has good hips just by looking at him or watching him run--it catches up with them later in life and can be passed down to the puppies. I have had very athletic, agile dogs come up dysplastic when x-rayed.
4. While you're getting x-rays done, go ahead and test for DM (degenerative myelopathy), another crippling disease that affects GSDs.
5. Send the x-rays to OFA and wait for the results to come back before you breed the dogs. Even if your vet says the x-rays look good, you still have to send them to OFA to be inspected by a panel of experts. If the hips are free of dysplasia, your dog will be given a passing rating of fair, good, or excellent, and you will be able to prove this with the OFA papers. If either of the dogs comes up with hip dysplasia, DO NOT BREED THEM.
6. If everything looks okay, come back and ask for more breeding advice at that point.
|03-06-2014 12:09 PM|
The Iceberg thread that's pinned to this forum is a GREAT source of info for anyone thinking about breeding!
There was also a fabulous post (I thought it was in the iceberg thread but cant seem to find it now) with regard to the costs of breeding and trying to run a kennel as a business and all the expenses involved and stuff that can (and does) happen to the breeding dogs in the process of trying to produce a litter.
From the breeding itself to necessary cesarian sections (or risk losing the bitch and the entire litter) and the costs associated with that, feeding, care etc etc etc. The list is extensive.
Something along the lines of you need to sell at least 6 puppies at upwards of 1000$ each just to break even.
Better hope there's more than six puppies and nothing goes wrong...and you have non-discerning buyers with that kind of spare money to spend.
|03-06-2014 11:49 AM|
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|03-06-2014 11:23 AM|
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|03-06-2014 11:09 AM|
|my boy diesel||
the chances of both your dogs being such excellent breed representatives that they should be be allowed to reproduce is next to zero
if you want to be a run of the mill byb just keep them together
things will happen i am sure
|03-06-2014 10:49 AM|
|03-06-2014 08:20 AM|
No ones comments were lousy. You'd be hard pressed to get instant validation from people who truly care about the breed without knowing if your dogs are even fit for breeding. All anyone did was encourage you to be responsible (properly evaluate for breeding in health and temperament) and check with your breeder. Sounds like a good place to start, in my opinion. Breeding is expensive and there are a lot of risks to mom and pups. Doing your research and getting help from an experienced breeder is in the best interest of you and the dogs.
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|03-06-2014 08:06 AM|
You received the best advice possible - consult with your breeder. If they are a responsible breeder, they will help get you headed in the right direction.
|03-06-2014 07:48 AM|
|Louie's GSD's||completely off topic. i didnt ask you if i should or should not breed my dogs. i asked where i could find more information about breeding. If you cant answer my question, keep your lousy comments to yourself.|
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