I wonder if any one could help. I have a West Highland Terrier who is three years old. She has broken down and I would like her to have a litter of pups. The thing I need to know is when is the best time to mate her.
Yes to all of the above. She has a good pedigree and so does the proposed father. She has a very good nature and temprement. I had her at the vet 6 weeks ago and all her jags are up to date and she is in excellent health.
I am new to this and am doing it for the love of dogs and not to make money. Chances are any pups will go to family members as I said it is not about money!
I believe she is referring to GENETIC testing. Anything that the individual breed is prone to have as a genetic defect should be tested for and cleared so as not to pass these issues onto another generation of pups.
Have you shown her or have the parents been shown? Have uou done extensive research on both the breed itself, genetic disposition, as well as breeding, whelping, feeding orphaned pups (just in case) breeding is not a simple or cut and dry venture of simply putting two dogs together at the right time and let nature take over.
No her and the dad aren't show dogs they are just loving pets. The thing I am trying to find out when the bitch is broke down when is she most fertile and when is the best time to bring the dad down to the house. The westie I will be breeding her with lives just a couple of houses away so he will not be staying with her all the time.
Yes there probably are but with letting my dog have puppies I know more about them. I have only come on this site for advice not to be questioned as to my morals on what to do with my dog, whom may I say I love to bits and considering you probably don't know that in Scotland we don't have dogs roaming the streets nilly willy.
Obviously this isn't the right site for me to be in I bid you good night.
In all honesty, I think the OP was simply asking for some advice from experienced breeders. Since she is NOT using "American English" terms, there was some confusion, but once again..she was slammed right off the bat.
I have seen far too many posters on this site set themselves up as the breeding police. MANY, not from their own convictions, but simply seeking approval by echoing the sentiments expressed by others. I am not trying to single out anyone, just asking that you all take a second to think about how we respond to those seeking information and asking questions.
How about we cut newbies a bit of slack? Find out just WHAT it is they are trying to ask, before passing judgement?
Pull in the claws and fangs and give it a rest for the New Year? How about EDUCATE, rather than BERATE? Perhaps, if the OP had been given a bit of a warmer reception, she might have said her girl had all the proper testing. Or perhaps she might have learned WHY it was needed and done the tesing.
Too bad if it's the same question asked over and over and over again. While the questions MAY be repetitious for long time members, they ARE new to the folks who have just come across this forum and are asking. Since we can't "sticky" topics, just "Google" an existing thread from here with the answers they are seeking and post the link in the thread.
I can be classified as a BYB (even though it was, technically the bedroom). I will never apologize for my pups nor will I justify myself to others who haven't a clue about my home, my life, my ethics, much less my dogs. You want to ask, I'll be happy to answer, truthfully...but I will NOT apologize.
I was asked what my dogs added to the gene pool..this much I will answer...10 very HEALTHY pups who are nearly 3 years old, from SOLID CH lines (as in over 120 in 5 or 6 generations including the two top scoring dogs of all time and GPCA hall of fame winners), breed standard, excellent temperments, not a knee, hip, back, allergry or other health problem in the bunch. 2 certified and active as therapy dogs, another 2 (3 if I ever get the time for Beau to be trained and certified) in training for the same, 2 working as livestock guardians (1 for min horses, 1 for a gaggle of horses, chickens, geese and other dogs & cats) all wonderful pet/companions. All well placed, well loved and VERY spoiled. All but 1 (Ubs) neutered or spayed at this juncture.
Yeah, they were well ahead of the planned breeding schedule (thanks Ubs) which precluded proper testing, but my potential owners were made FULLY aware of this before any further discussion. I provided them with the questions they needed to ask straight from the GPCA.
I joined TP right after Angel whelped. If I had received the same nasty, hurtful and rude attitudes so constantly thrown around here, I'm afraid I would have been a one post wonder as well. (IS that cheeering I hear in the background?)
While this might have made some folks happy (and STILL would), I'm pleased to say that was not the case. I have made many WONDERFUL, life long friends as a result of my membership here. Folks who matter a great deal to me in real life.
I've learned a lot (what a BYB and puppymill IS and what you support when buying "that doggie in the window") and I've been able to share what I have learned with many others, who in trun pass along the lessons to still more uneducated individuals.
I seriously doubt that those on the receiving end of sharp tongues and nasty comments will ever take away any lesson of value from here nor will they share with others who will, in turn, pass it on.
WELL SAID PYRMOM I am a "newbie" myself on here and i read alot of posts and i am in aw about how people attack other people on here! I don't post alot my self because i don't want someone saying anything bad to me!
***Edited By: klkrieg on 1/13/2007 8:33:44 AM*** Reason: SP
Thank you very much Pyromom. I am new to this site and as a puppy owner. I have many questions and Im learning a lot through trial and error. I came across this site and thought "wow, this is where I can get some answers". My questions, I'm sure have seemed stupid to some who are more experienced here but I am asking them w/the most sincerity. I have been a little intimidated at times about asking but how are you going to learn if you dont. As w/all forums, you realize dont take things personal. Thanks Again.
Since know one else will give you a straight answer the best time to breed is once you have 6 homes found and checked. The male and female have had alot of playdates when she wasn't in heat so they know each other well all the test have been done. Then went your female is 9-14 days in to her heat is the best time it might not happen at the first date some times they just want to play a few times. Make sure you work with you vet to get ready for the puppies and make sure you know everything about whelping pups.
Don't be afraid to ask your questions. There are no stupid questions. We are ALL ignorant when first exposed to something new and/or different. Even the self proclaimed experts.
There is a vast difference between ignorance and stupidity. Ignorance is when we've never been exposed to something. STUPIDITY is when we know we need help and refuse to ask when help is available. The reactions of many posters leave the ignorant, who come seeking help that way because of their attitudes.
We never learn if we don't ask. That's what this forum is SUPPOSED to be about. Loving our pets, sharing our experiences and helping one another when we can. It should not be a tally of how many newbies we have run off or how many insults we can sling.
YES, educate..YES, express your own feelings and opinions, but come on! A little tact goes a very long way and a bit of patience and tolerance might JUST help someone else understand your point of view and benefit many others in the long run.
If a thread repeats something you're tired of answering, stay out of it. I am sick to death of the excuse, "we are just so tired of answering the same questions over and over again" as a reason to slam a new poster. It may be the 500th time we've SEEN the questions and/or answered it, but it is a NEW question for the new poster. Put a freaking link in, stay out of the thread or post a helpful answer. Period. Simple
EXPLAIN why it's always best to test you dogs before breeding. What happens if you're not prepared. Why it's a bad idea to mix certain breeds of dogs, then sell them off as this week's newest "Designer" special. Also simple. If you're not willing to repeat the same things over and over, then again, stay out of the thread. Also simple.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 1/13/2007 10:08:26 AM*** Reason: *