ok, say you had a 2 month old lab (female).Then you purchased another lab (male/ 8wks.Could they breed?or would as they got older they would breed. i no the female has to be in heat.so when the female got in heat would they breed?
Of course they would/could breed. Your female unless she is spayed would breed with any number of unaltered males. If you don't alter either or both of these dogs it is possible for the female to also become pregnant in her first heat cycle with that male as he would sexually mature at that age as well. That would not be a good scenario. Get one or both of them fixed before that happens.
***Edited By: keesha63 on 5/1/2006 7:20:43 PM*** Reason: added
Please don't breed them. There are all ready too many dogs in shelters all ready. Females can get pregnant their first heat so you really need to be careful around unaltered males. I've heard on here from breeders that dogs should not be breed before they are 2 years old various with certain breeds usually longer. Maybe sometone else on here can help you more w/your question but that's all I've got for now.
Ohhhh now I think I understand your question better.... Do you mean to ask when could they potentially breed? Well I'm no vet so I don't really know. But they will both be old enough soon to be 'fixed' So I strongly suggest you should get them fixed as soon as possible.
Well, since they are both around 2 months I don't think you have to worry about heat cycles and potential pregnancy just yet. Usually the first heat is around 6-8 months with most dogs, but you can see them as early as 4 months and as late as 16 months. Males are usually sexually mature and ready and willing to breed around 5-8 months with most breeds.
My recommendation - spay/neuter them both. I'd do the female first at around 4-5 months and get the male done either at the same time or shortly after.
You spay a female and neuter a male - or you can say you are "altering" both of them.
There is no reason to have a litter of puppies unless you plan to do extensive research into the breed and their health problems and temperament concerns. Then with labs you should have their hips OFA certified and their knees certified (just so you know - hips can't be done until they are two and it runs around $200-300 for the X-rays and certification - with a popular larger breed like labs you NEED to have hips done or you need to be ready to be responsible for a whole litter of puppies that developes hip displaysia at 18 months of age and needs to be put to sleep or have a VERY expensive hip replacement).
Puppies are not a recreational activity. If you do things right, they take hundreds of hours to whelp the litter, care for the pups, and find them good homes. If you do things right, it costs quite a bit of money to raise a litter (whelping supplies, vet expenses - including vaccinations, dew claw removal, wormer, vet exam and X-ray pre whelping for the Mom, vet exams on the puppies -, cleaning supplies, advertising to place the puppies, lots and lots of food...) - try somewhere in the $1000 range at a minimum. Even if you can sell the puppies for $200 a piece, as a novice breeder you'll have trouble finding homes - especially since you most likely won't offer a health guarantee - and if you don't certify the hips on the parents, you may as well give them away...
You really need to have a GOOD reason for wanting to breed your dog. You have a couple of months to really weigh you decision and to do some research into what is involved with breeding. If you choose not to spay/neuter before they hit puberty : 1.) Expect the male to spray urine in your house. He may mount things, and he will be harder to train (more stubborn and more interested in girls than you!). 2.) Expect the female to have a bloody, dripping, messy heat cycle twice a year where you have to keep her securely locked somewhere that your male can't get her, and she can't get out to get him (and some girls are more eager to breed than boys!). Expect to listen to both of them barking and whining to get at each other.
You should absolutely NOT breed on the first heat!!! You'd want to wait until she is at least 18 months - and it would be best if it was after she was 2 so you could get her hips certified. This means, you get to enjoy multiple heat cycles!!!
There is strong evidence that shows that spaying before the first heat cycle greatly reduces the risk of mammary/breast cancer in female dogs - so it's a good reason for an early spay. It's also said that altered dogs live longer lives.
Does that help you???
Really, spaying/neutering gives you a better pet! It's really worth it in the long run - and unless you have a burning desire to be a breeder (and that means all the ups and downs - and the heartache is equal to the joy - trust me!) don't breed a litter. It's not as much fun as people think :) - and it's always much more work. Good breeders, who know what is really involved don't breed for fun, or because puppies are cute - they breed because they love the breed. There are definitely joyful moments - but the sleepless nights and the tears even the scale out well.
Abby, I really like what you said, it was well layed out and very informative, I really hope that this gets through to all of those people who think that they should breed thier dog because it will be a bette dog after or they just have to have a pup from her, it's foolish, what are the chances of a lab haveing just one pup???
you should copy and paste this to everyone that comes on here with these types of questions.