Did anyone attend the recent symposium at MSU, sponsored by the AKC, where they stated that the best protocol for breeding your bitch is (after 2 years of age) breeding every heat, with no breaks, up to 4 litters then spaying? I would like to read the paper. Any comments or thoughts or perhaps a copy of the paper? Thanks.
Yes, that is what I heard from my friend that actually attended. I did not see the paper, but she said it was breed consecutivly after 2 with out skipping heats. To my knowledge they did not give a 'set' time of 4 litters per bitch.
It would obviously be different if the bitch needed a c-section every time. What my friend said they were saying, was that you quit breeding when the bitch's litter size declines drastically (like goes from 8 to 2 puppies). She acted like certain bitches could be bred every heat up until age 6 or 7, was how SHE interpreted it. I don't know if that was actually said.
That is why I had already started a topic onthis subject in the dog health section. I wish I would have went so I knew what was said word for word.
She made it clear that they said skipping heats was a wives tale or myth, because people wanted to put their values on dogs. In the wild they would be bred every heat from probably 9 months until they die.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)