You're right Husky. While I was reading your post I thought "Is s/he talking about me?" I'm not a breeder so I don't usually have that much to add to these posts. When I do add it is out of frustration because I think someone is being ignorant on purpose. What you did for me is remind me that there are better ways to approach people. In my longwinded way Thank You! Maybe others will read and listen but then again dog people can be kind of stubborn.......myself included :)
pwcorgilover.....that is very "big" of you to admit and to say. Thank you for that and for really "hearing" what I said. Althoug I wasn't speaking to anyone in particular...just overall, since by time I got finished reading all the post that's the overall feeling I got.
Glad to see there are still some people out there that are able to look at the "man in the mirror" every once in a while. Sometimes that's all it takes...stepping back and taking a moment to really think things out. If more people did that, we'd probably have a happier and safer planet :) (I know we're just talking dog stuff here, but sometimes it helps to look at things from the bigger picture and the outside)
That's how I do things, most of the time,...in the way that I would want them done to me, my children, and others that I care about, and how I would want them to do unto others. Simple curtesy is all it takes.
Thanks guys I mean you didnt have to be so mean and i especially thank GotHusky2 because you were the 1st one who didnt yell at me. I just wanna learn. Would you rather me go out and just do it...or find out more information?
Just wanted to let you know that, in order to register puppies with AKC, a male (sire) must be 7 months old at the time of breeding, and a female (dam) must be 8 months old at the time of mating. But, that is way too young to breed your dog. If you bred them at that age you would most likely have lots of problems. You should at least wait until the second heat cycle on a female. The show people will tell you wait till 2 years of age, but they don't always "practice what they preach". (If you wait till 2 years of age, that is a good idea, as your dog will have reached full growth).My male Boston's grandfather is a champion and he sired his first litter before he was one year old. Just learn all you can about Poms and maybe visit someone who is a reputable breeder, and maybe they will give you advice.
***Edited By: CeCe on 8/1/2006 10:31:43 PM*** Reason: added
Hmm...you just stated that everyone of your family members breed dogs, well..here I'm wondering why you don't just ask THEM your questions...I'm sure they would know how old your dog should be to start breeding.
Not to sound harsh or anything but you seem like you don't even care what it costs to manage puppies..as long as you get a few bucks out of it, right?
I dont mean to sound like a smart ___. but...if people would get tested for things that might happen ..a lot of people wouldnt be here...I just thought this site would be a nice place where people would share there dog stories and talk about how they have made our lives so much better..but instead I have found a lot of people who are mean and too rich i guess for there own good...To business like for an every day joe...While I agree about adopting from the pound etc..the thing about that is it cost just as much at the pounds around here as to get a pure breed dog...and even though you all think the only people who should breed are people who want a name for themselves ...there are others who just want to share the joy of a breed they love..and yes usually small breeders do know the history of there dogs...and they want even people with out big bucks to be able to enjoy a pure breed loving great dog...like there own...I keep going to questions where they ask for you alls help and all they get is a smart a_s answer to something you should have just answered and not preached to them..I dont know what to think...I just wanted to be a part of others who enjoyed there breeds qualities and share with others who loved but there isnt much of that here but hate...and egos as big as the world
any good breeder will tell you "i still dont know all there is to know about breeding" IF they are honest. my family has been breeding dogs for 25 yrs, we have over 12 generatins of dogs going back to the first 4 dogs my eldest sister, grandma, and aunt bought, and i can tell you that every day, every litter, every dog is different and we breed only mini schnauzers. my point is asking family will not always yield the ansewers you need, but it is the best place to start( alot less hostility). after that look for web sites about breeding and your breed. fill a note book or 2 with notes then talk to your vet about your dog's health and history. research AKC and thier rules (becuse there are alot) and finally understand that its not just 2 dogs mating, even if u only own the male and never welp pups yourself, but if u do, and u really love your dog/ breed, its the best hobby, work, life time experience you'll ever have with animals! and remember to ask alot of questions weed threw the ..... and find the ansewers that help the most, becuse someone (like me) understands that the whole world won't do things thier way,but we will do them right,our own way. you just have to find the way that works best for you and your dogs!and believe me there is alot more ways then one to do it right.
Try a breed specific forum. You should be able to gain more knowledge from respected breeders from there.Maybe even gain a mentor. I don't breed .It does seem the most logical place to go.Good luck to you.
yep...i see that the basic questions asked have been answered...i want to add that just becuase your family "breeds" other dogs...do so for the love of your dog and breed of dog. Puppies are not easy and not everyone breeds and raises dogs the same. We put our all into breeding our dogs and raising pups or cats and kittens. But..it doesnt stop just there. Your responcable or should feel responcable for these lives you've helped bring into existance. Not as a scare tactic but a reality..What if the pups dont sell...what about defective pups? Are you prepared to handle them? How about if momma doesnt want to feed them..or cant....I have heard Poms have a high mortality rate...what if you encoure a lot of expence and loose half, most or all the litter? It is the law of averages really...if you do it long enough you will experence it all. Good AND BAD...Do you have the accomidations to handle breeding..fenced areas, crates, pens, and the financial where with all.
Maintaining aduts all year long...xtra nutritian when pregnant and nursing.
Toys for pups, parents...toys and blankets to go home with pup
the time to clean after them..inside and outside. I have kids..so its their job to "scoop the poop" outside..and they help inside pretty good too.
for us...when we talk about our pets..or whats going on..or the expences...family shutters...they think we are nuts...and maybe we are...but we enjoy it...puppies/kittens are cool as heck and only when they are total poop machines do they become a pain...but by then they are doing cool things and so much fun. As i said not every one does thingfs the same...we think of the animals first and formost. We groom and I make assessories for them and have toys for all pups...so..in light of it all...please dont think your going to make it rich...it wont happen...we are so far in the red its not funny...it has be be pure love...please do the things necessary and then talk to more breeders in your area...i wish you the best of luck