Hello, first I just wanted to say I am not a breeder. I have a 1 year old chihuahua Tink and she is spayed. I have learned a lot by coming to this website and listening to other peoples stories. Especially about breeding, BYBS, and many other things. I never heard of a BYB until I came to this website. One thing I would like to do later in my life, when I can find the time, is own more chihuahuas and possibley start showing them. I think it would be fun for me and my children.
This would be a long way from happening as Tink is spayed and she is the only dog I have. I also work 8-5 Monday thru Friday. I know dogs who are fixed can't be shown. But are there other things they can do. I know agility, but Tink isn't really the type of dog for that. I know there is a lot that comes to the judging, but just by the look of Tink IMO she looks like a show dog. I will try to get more pictures of her online. She loves to strut her stuff sometimes and I think it would be fun to get her into something if I could.
I wanted to ask breeders who show their dogs, and or don't show their dogs, do they work full time? Who takes care of the puppies when you are gone or at work when you have a litter? I wonder how so many people have so many litters and I just wonder if they work or not. From what I gather listening to other breeders on this board it seems like a full time job in itself raising puppies. Do you take time off work when you have a litter? I couldn't imagine having puppies or being a breeder and working full time. How do you do it?
Just some questions I had about showing and breeding dogs. :0)
Hey Pope, forgot to say Congrats on the upcoming wedding. I don't think I could be a breeder either, but I think it would be fun to show dogs one day. :) Breedings sounds waaay to scary, and needs to be left to those who know what they are doing. I never knew how much that went into breeding and a lot of people don't. They just breed two dogs to have puppies without thinking what could happen or where those puppies might end up.
I think showing would be fun though.
As for Cocoa, I guess you didn't see my post before. I gave her to my brother who recenly got his own place. Cocoa was VERY high energy and once I brought Tink home became very jealous. My brother always liked Cocoa and when I mentioned the two of them not getting along so great, or Cocoa being jealous my bro said, you should just give Cocoa to me. I thought about it and it sounded like a good idea. So I still get to see her. My brother loves her, and she comes over with him sometimes :)
Oww that really sucks, but at least you still get to see her. Sorry that I missed your post
Maybe one Cocoa and Tink will be able to play together as they age.
Apparently I am becoming quite a fan... I either love his movies or I can't stand them. I've been obsessed with Sweeney Todd lately. Never had any interest in seeing any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but I do like the Astronauts Wife, Sleepy Hollow, Cry Baby, Benny & Joon, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Finding Neverland and of course Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
I've heard I need to see Blow...
(sorry for the hijack, and thanks for the congrats)
Nah totally cool. Tink plays with my moms and grandmother's chihuahuas really well. Cocoa when she does come over they have been getting along. It works with her staying with my bro. Since Tink has gotten older and Cocoa being over at my bro's house they seem to get along better when they see eachother :)
I love Johnny Depp! I need to see Sweeney Todd still. I think you would dig the Pirates of the Carribean. Especially the first one! His acting is great in it. Love Gilbert Grape, Fear and Loathing, Benny and Joon was a classic. You do need to see BLOW :)
I stay home full time to raise my 3 american eskimos and 6 pomeranians and my 4 month old son. I know some breeders do have full time jobs and i wonder how they handle that and litters at the same time. The pups need so much attention and when you have an expecting female you really can't leave her at all as she gets close to her due date. Can't risk her going into labor while you're gone. I imagine a part time job would be okay, or a job that was extremely flexible with you taking time off whe you had pups on the way or something like that. I'll be intersted to see what other breeders say if they reply.
Definitely not an easy road. You have to be 110% dedicated to it to be truly succesful. I work, right now part-time now that I am raising my grandson. I have always worked outside the home full time previous to the baby coming here. I am here with my girls 24/7 starting from a minimum 5 days prior to whelp. They are set up in either my bedroom, or kitchen...and I sleep where the female is from the 5 day up until the whelp and pups are older and stable, mom is caring for them and trustworthy.
Yes, I take time off work when the girls are due...mind you we only breed occasionally (last pug litter was over 2 yrs ago prior to the baby we have now, min pins...over a year ago last litter and a year prior to that one) Shows are not entered during the time we have a girl due. If a show is entered after the pups and they are not ready to be left, one of us will stay behind to take care of them for the day.
All of the girls heat cycles are mappedout, so we know when they will be in. Breedings are always planned ahead, so we know much in advance if we will be breeding that female that time or not. Makes it easier to set up your time off, shows, ect when you are planning ahead.
many many things can go wrong in any delivery, some breeds holder higher risk than others. We are present and assist with 100% of our litters. Many times this means long nights with no sleep and a day of the same between pups and the baby. Tiring, but you have to be dedicated and love what you do to do it properly.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
We are not professional breeders. We have had 1 litter with 12 surviving pups. Talk about a full time job. Rhoda began whelping at about 3:30AM and finished at about 8AM. Fortunately, my better half worked from home and was able to be with them 24/7. It was defintely labor intensive keeping track of separate feedings, rotating the feedings, keeping track of weights, etc.......
I don't think we would have been able to pull it off without her working from home.
Showing can be fun. But it can also be a lot of work as well with the constant attention to grooming, keeping an eye on upcoming shows that are worth driving to, not to mention setting up at the show, finding a motel/hotel that will allow dogs to stay, etc.....At least with pups you can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Showing can be just as stressful.
I'm certainly happy that Charlie is finished and we don't have to put up with the BS that comes with showing, now if we could only finish off the others, lol.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
I work full time... and just had a litter of shih tzu puppies. Ive taken 3days off of work so far without pay. Tomorrow I go back, but have hired a babysitter or should I say petsitter? lol to come here and watch mom and puppies while im gone.
LPN- I admire what you do. Sounds like a lot of work. I love to look at other breeders websites and look at the dogs they show. Today I stumbled upon a Chihuahua breeder and the first thing her website says is litters available year round. She breeds her dogs almost every year. That is just crazy!
I think it is great when breeders take a stand on other breeders who do this. A lot of the general public just doesnít know what a good breeder really is. I didnít know a lot before coming to this board.
NewPom- I will definitely have to check into it. Sounds fun! My father-in-law has a beagle who does agility. I will have to see what all might be available in my town. It would be cool to get her into some obedience cause sometimes she is sooooo hard headed.
I did not have any litters from 1999 to 2007. In Feb 1999 my husband had cancer surgery and in August my son fell off a two story house and had a severe head injury and it took three years for them to recover. Just as they were able to manage without me, my father's health started to fail and I took care of him until he died in June of 2007. All during that time I was mainly responsible for all the yard work , housekeeping, and care of our dogs and any rescued dogs we had. After my father became ill I took over all the yard work and maintainence at his house. I was not about to bring a litter of pups into the world unless I was going to have the time and energy to take care of them properly. I also have children and grand children who are higher priorities than breeding dogs. I do really enjoy the time spent with the dogs and it is a really good feeling to know one of my pups is puting smiles on the faces of another family.
Hi, I work full time, and don't go to a show if I have puppies due or only a couple of weeks old. I really don't take time off for litters. I breed mini aussies, and they are pretty much a self suffient breed. I take temps close to due dates, and since I am a dog groomer I can take my bitch to work if her temp is down. If I am up all night delivering, then I call my boss and show up late. It is alot of work, but I do not have human childern, nor do I want any. My husband is an over the road driver, so he only comes home about 4 days a month. I have nothing but time to take care of dogs, and raise puppies. I only have about 2-3 litters a year, depending on how many people I have interested. Good luck in what ever you decide.
I work shift work, and if I need to be home I change shifts with my colleagues. My son is also in partnership with me; so we work things out between us. Showing can be difficult for me;so my son is my handler.
Pen, that is nice you hve your son to show for you. Everyone in our family shows the dogs. My son shows, hubby, myself, also we travel with my mom and sister who also raise/show dogs. We are always stepping in to take show the others dog if need be (2 males r 2 females going back in against each other) My son is a Beagle kid, but enjoys helping in the toy ring with our dogs as well. We travel in herds, lmao. A family affair. Myself, hubby, son, grandson, mother, sister and furkids
Lots of helping hands...well except the grandbaby, he's all hands, but only THINKS he is helping
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
That's really nice LPN, I wish my husband could do some of the showing, but he works 2500 miles away, and sometimes overseas. I should have mentioned my youngest daughter too, because she does some of the western shows for me. It would be great to have the whole family involved, but work constraints won't permit it with the rest of my family. One thing is great though, I don't have to pay handler's fees!