I was just wondering about the tail docking because I read that boxers and pits can hurt their tails, even break them, and I'd rather it be extreamly short than have then hurting their tails. and is it too late if they are a week old? and is it true that you can dock their tails by wrapping a rubber band really tight around their tails and leave it there till the tail just falls off??
The puppies were born November 26th, 05 -- the mother is Husky / Pit, and the father is a Boxer. To see pics of them click this link: http://www.angelfire.com/music6/b_n_r_morrow04/animals.html The pics were taken when they were a few days old though. I need to update them. I personally like it when the dogs are left alone, tails and ears are intact, but, my BF wants to dock the tail and do the ears too,.. because the one he wants looks exactly like the father dog. there isn't a pic of it on there though. just the one's we are wanting to give away. He wants to charge some cash for them too, but I didn't think we'd get much for them sence they are mixed breeds so we are giving them away to people we know,.. or whom we think will take good care of them.
Wow-what a mixture of pups! Cute, though. I have 2 suggestions-1st, 6 weeks is kind of young. I know that in Pa, where I live, it's illegal to separate pups from their mom until 7 weeks, minimum. And 2nd, there is nothing wrong with charging something for them, even though they are mixes. Unfortunately, most people will probably take better care of the pups if they have some money invested in them. Also, why don't you call your vet about the ear/tail cropping? I don't know a whole lot about it, but I really think they are too old at this point. But check with a professional to be sure. (and please don't let your boyfriend do the rubberband thing-don't let those poor little pups suffer!) Good luck to you finding homes for them!
I wouldn't dock or crop anything. They are too old and they are mixed breed. No need to dock or crop since they will not be show dogs. I absolutely would not put a rubber band around the poor thing's tail. That's actually animal cruelty. I wouldn't charge for them either, unless you are giving them vaccinations and/or other necessary medical treatments. I would leave the things alone and then have the parents spayed and neutered. There are enough stray animals dying in shelters everyday.
Ask your BF how he would feel having something of his cropped or docked just because it would look "better."
Finally, pit bulls are no more inclined than any other dog to break or damage their tails.
***Edited By: Cinnaeve on 12/8/2005 1:37:22 PM*** Reason: .
no,dogs don;t learn bite inhibition untill eight weeks and that seems to be tied to a lot of the problems that dogs have. I never bring home a dog before ten weeks but some people go by eight. My dobe came home at twelve. Especially with husky in there,since they are so mouthy anyway,you should ait at least eight weeks and every extra week is just great for them:)
***Edited By: joce on 12/8/2005 1:49:32 PM*** Reason: g
If your vet lets you then get the one that your BF is going to keep ...get that one docked if you have too. I wouldnt crop the ears though. If they have Husky in them than maybe they will stand some...I doubt but thats OK. Boxers and Pits look alot less meaner with out the crop.Pits dont have docked tails and neither do huskies.Do not just give them away free,there are bad and cruel people out there and will jump at the chance to get one.I think they would look weird without a tail,considering their mix.I also think they are too old now.
You may also want to invest in getting the mom spayed and maybe later on getting the dad nuetered...it will prolong their life.
there are low cost spay and nueter clinics.You can get it done for $50 -$60
"Between six and eight weeks a puppy learns that it is a dog, what it means to be a dog and what is expected of it. In scientific jargon, the puppy imprints on its mother. If a puppy is separated from its mother before eight weeks it will miss this instruction which can lead to behavioral problems as it matures."
Another poster brought up a good point - dog fighting.
Whether or not you charge for the pups, I would do an EXTENSIVE interview and screening process for the people that wish to adopt these pups. Considering the mix, there are evil people that may try to obtain your pups for fighting. I would even try to go by their residence to make sure they don't do dog fighting. Try to make sure the people that take the pups will NOT do this.
I can't comment for anything other than Boxers and hunting dogs (that my friends raise). I start weaning at 4 weeks and are fully weaned by 6 weeks. That doesn't mean I separate them from littermates or let them go home w/ anyone until 8 weeks.
Think about it. 10 pups 6 week old teething, biting, and scratching at moms teets. Not good. A lot of time mom will have to be locked in with the pups any time past 3 weeks. They say 'I'm done, they are yours'. I have seen moms at 6 weeks get really nasty towards them, to the point I was concerned.
we aren't giving them to just anyone, they are going to people we know, so far two of them have homes (other than the one we are keeping) with a friend of mine that I know LOVES and will take care of any animal she gets, and the other is going to a friend my of BF's exwife she lives 10 mins down the road, soo we can keep an eye on it. as for getting the parents fixed,.. we don't own the dad, and don't have the cash for the mom to get fixed now. and sinse catlover said "If a puppy is separated from its mother before eight weeks it will miss this instruction which can lead to behavioral problems as it matures." I think that we will keep the pupies till they are around 10 weeks old. and I'll let my BF know that they are too old to get docked, he'll be bothered by that, but i'll be happy lol. The reason he wants it docked is because is the only guy in the house, we have two dogs both girls, cat - girl, and a snake - girl. and too add he has two daughters. he wants a boy, and he likes the mean brut look that you get when you dock the dogs.
Lol thats pretty funny...he likes the tough look. He has to remember though if it looks mostly like a Boxer alot of people are already intimidated by them even with a tial. alot of people are scared of the bigs dogs anyway,and if you say the breed they will be even more scared...so he can still have his "tough dog"
I know where I live if youi have a low income or no insurance or something like that...they will spay the dogs for $20 or less
***Edited By: Cockerlover on 12/8/2005 2:38:47 PM*** Reason: add