My newfoundland is 3 and will be ready to breed in June. She is an AKC registered dog. How do I go about finding a stud to mate her with? This is my first time attempting to do this so I'm at a loss! According to her previous owner, she has never been bred before. and when will she be too old to have puppies? Thanks for your input.
Why are you breeding her? I would suggest that you work with a mentor. Someone who can 'show you the ropes' so to speak. There is a lot of issues involved with breeding and you don't want to promote genetic problems. You see it all the time with 'white danes'. There is no excuse for bad breeding. All of the poor deaf and sometimes blind danes is because of the ignorance of the breeders. Please, I implore you to get a mentor if this is your first time.
Contact an established breeder who is interested in the quality of breeding and showing her dogs. I agree with finding a mentor, as mentioned above. you want to produce the best quality dogs as you can. Have your dog completely vetted (genetic testing, bone structure, etc) Be certain to let your vet know that you are planning on bredding her and you want to have as complete exam as possible to ensure your bitches health during pregnancy and whelping. Also, you want very healthy puppies. Do A LOT of research on your breed so you know what to look for and what questions to ask to the breeder and the vet.
you really need to get involved with the breed before breeding. breed club, showing, meet experienced breeders and work with them to learn about this. there is soooooooooo much to learn before doing this to do the best for the dogs and the puppies.
1. Just because she's AKC registered doesn't automatically make her a good breeding dog. 2. Get with some other Newfie breeders..you have alot to learn before you breed. It's not just as easy as putting male and female together. Like the others said..get a mentor and seriously figure out whether your dog is a good candidate for breeding and whether you are really ready and know what you are doing. (is it just me or have Newfies started to gain popularity since Westminster?)
Breeding newfoundlands is a huge responsibility, as is breeding any dog. Have you had her heart checked for Subarterial stenosis, a hereditary defect that is prevalent in Newfs? Has she been checked to see if she is a carrier for cystinuria, another genetic disorder that is known to affect many Newfoundlands? Have you had her hips and elbows x-rayed and OFA certified as good or better? Has she had her eyes checked by a board certified opthamologist and CERFed? All dogs should be x-rayed and OFAed, as well as CERFed before breeding, but I can't stress the importance of having your dog checked to see if it's a cystinuria carrier or for SAS. If you breed your dog to another dog that hasn't been tested and is a carrier, you could get puppies that literally collapse and die from heart problems before they are a year old, or chronic urinary tract and bladder problems. And if you don't show your dog, how do you know how she measures up as far as temperament and body type to the standard? Just spay her and let her live a longer happier life with fewer health problems. Even the best bred dogs can have horrible problems with breeding, the breeder I am getting my puppy from this year's last litter had to have an emergency c-section and they've lost 7 of the 9 puppies now. This is someone who's an experienced shower/owner of newfs that has owned and bred for more than 25 years. You need to be wiling to pay $1000+ for the c-section, not to mention be resigned to the fact that your female dog may not even survive if there's a serious problem. Just because any dog is AKC registered doesn't mean that it should be bred =/
Wow! that's a lot to think about... We have just had her for 2 weeks, and the lady we got her from was planning on breeding her, but she had to give her away due to the fact she was moving and could'nt bring the dog with her... I will wait until I contact her to see when she was last checked at the vet (if she was at all) and I do sort of have a mentor... My aunt bred Rotweillers and Mastiffs for many years so they are helping me out with some of the details. They had a lot of problems with their last Mastiff... she kept giving birth to dead puppies (twice I think ) I definitely would not want that to happen... I do plan on waiting to breed her simply because I dont know all there is to know about it and after reading all of your posts I think that is the best decision for right now. Thanks again!
You need to learn about breeding BEFORE trying to breed. 2 months time isn't near long enough. This breed can have problems bad hips! I would get in touch with other breeders if you are thinking about breeding, not only show breeders working breeders too, newfies are working dogs.
mrama: it's so true! It seems like ever since then, everyone wants a newfoundland. I don't think anyone really knew what they were before, other than seriopus dog people. I hate when that happens. Dogs start getting popular and then there are a ton of irresponsible people breeding them.
To be honest, I was not familiar with the breed (Newfs)before we got her and I did some research and started asking questions... I did'nt go looking for this kind of dog... she was given to us unexpectedly... We couldn't turn her away ... it was love at first sight. She is the best dog that we've ever had. As far as breeding, I don't want to be irresponsible which is why I have beeen asking everyone I know about it and the dogowners on this board. I've been given a lot of good advice on the subject.
If she is a companion pet to you I would have her spayed. It is healthier for her and it is a lot less work (ie: wearing dog diapers, keeping her away from males, etc) It would be better her you both if you are not planning on showing your dog and just want her as a pet.
Newfie1..I hope you realize I was speaking generally and not picking on you. It was just something that popped into my head since we were talking about Newfies. Norfolks and Norwiches also became more popular after that Norfolk won the Tournament of Champions..mostly because people had never seen them before. I was not judging you and I'm so glad that you are asking questions and actually be receptive to the advice you've been given. Most people get cranky here when you tell them not to breed. I'm glad you love your newfie and hope it opens a whole new world to you..perhaps you'll become a dog geek like some of the rest of us around here. You seem very interesting in getting to know alot about your breed and breeding and that is wonderful. Good luck!
Josh is the call name of the newfoundland that won Best in Show at westminster this year. HIs real name is Ch Darbydale's All Rise Pouchcove. According to many Newf people I know, his winning has caused a huge upsurge in people interested in owning/breeding newfoundlands. I want my newfy!! I'm very jealous Newfie1 hehe, I hope to be getting my newf puppy this fall or late summer.
Why does this dog have to have a life of producing, can't she just have a normal dogs life. She deserves to be loved, to run and play, to meet people,and other dogs, not be tied to a whelping box. Its just sad to me.