Ok well after two years of getting snickers tested, finding a proper male to breed with and doing research on breeding dogs I have decided that im going to try to breed. snickers will be turning 5 on june 12 and she will also be in heat in about 3-4 weeks. After doing the research though i still have some questions that i would like to ask people that have bred dogs in the past, such as is there a special diet that i should put her on prior to the breeding? and she missed a heat last year, is this something to be worried about? or is this something that some dogs just do. The Male that im breeding her to is akc and is a proven stud. Oh and just wanted to add that my family decide that a kitten just would not be the best new member for your family, But thank you to whom ever had given be advice on my other topic.
What kind of dog is snickers and what health tests have been done on her? 5 years, while it is adult for a dog, many breeders won't breed female dogs after they reach 6 years old. If she's already skipping heats, I have to wonder about her fertility.
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Snickers is a Chow Chow. I had her tested for all types of worms, and parasites, alwell has a full body "inspection" including her hips. She came back negative for worms and parasites , and the vet gave me the ok. I wass also worried about her skipping a heat. My other consern was that she is a smaller chow chow and the male is about 17 pounds heavier then her.
I personally wouldn't breed her at this age if she is already skipping heats. Buy the time you get the OFA x-ray results, and the CERF done you might miss her again. A bitches eggs grow old in time, just like in humans. That can increase your chances of birth defects, and other health problems. This is why most people spay/no use older bitches. If you breed to a larger male, you risk needing a c-section. If you do breed, you need to have money set aside for that. The cost of an emergency c-section in my area can run $800-$1800. You need to have that up front. You might want to rethink breeding her, it seems you have not done enough research. Breeding is not all fun and games.
IMO...5 years old is too old to breed a female for the first time. Also, a disappointed at the vet for performing simple examines that are used to check out every day pets and call it testing to breed. orms, parasites, etc are things every animal receives. Testing for breeding is as Mafia stated....OFA hips, CERF eyes etc.....
My suggestion is that you continue to research the breed first. Seems somehere in your research the big picture of breeding was missed. Complete the research, know what ethical breeding consists of, kow what minimal tests should be perfomed on that breed. Then I would beginthe search for a female from a reputable breeder who does thosetests on the parents and get a femae from the to use for breeding later.
Other than your girls age, and other things mentioned, I would pass on using her, have her spayed and do some more work before getting started.
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To start - I agree with lpn - in most breeds having a first litter at 5 isn't a good thing. It's probably actually as a big an issue as breeding too early. At this age, she has an increased chance of needed a c-section and you also run the risk that she may not be a good mother. My rule of thumb in my own breed is that if they don't have their first litter before they are 4, they don't get bred.
And my input on your vet - you are almost certainly using what I deem a "Pet Vet". They are great with broken legs, basic worming, etc... but know squat about being a breeder. Otherwise, they would have told you - especially with a large breed dog - that you needed to get hips OFA certified and eyes CERF certified at the very least. You need to get those done if you're thinking about breeding. NO VET can clear hips just by feeling them. In fact, most vets can't evaluate hips on an X-ray unless they are obviously displaystic. That needs to be done by an orthopedi vet. Same with eyes. A regular vet can't clear eyes or diagnose most problems. An opthalmologist needs to do that. Those tests will cost you somewhere between $200-500 depending on your vet and your area. AND you need to make sure they have been done on the stud as well! If the stud owner doesn't have them completed - they are a Backyard Breeder and honestly, I'd be concerned about the family genetic health behind the stud and what the stud owner doesn't know or isn't telling you. These tests save you having a puppy owner call you when their dog is 14 months old to tell you their dog has crippling hip displaysia and demanding you do something about it.
Also - I'd ask your vet how many c-sections they do a year. Ask if their vet techs and staff are skilled at reviving puppies and handling a c-section. Very honestly, not all "pet vets" are. I have a friend who just got into showing and raising Shelties that after 3 years in the bred decided to have her first litter (hips/eyes/thyroid/vWd screening done on her bitch). They shipped her to a stud dog whose been producing wonderfully, put probably $900-1000 into getting her bred. Their vet X-rayed 4 days before she went into labor and told them that the X-ray showed at least 3 puppies. 4 days later she went into labor, the SINGLE puppy got stuck, they took her in for the c-section, the vet took their sweet time putting her under, getting her opened up, and discovered that they could have pulled the puppy without having to cut her open, and then when they got it out, the vet tech stood there and basically petted the puppy trying to get it going. Very honestly - NONE of thise process is what should have been done.
Your best bet as a breeder is to find a vet who recommends hip and eye testing, knows all about brucellosis, can have long conversations with you about progesterone testing, and quite frankly has whelped multiple litters themselves (and I don't mean has watched a bitch whelp - I mean they actually have broken the sack, shaken a puppy, rubbed it down and got it breathing - ideally you'd like to know they have done mouth to mouth on a newborn as well as CPR and would recommend having Oxytocin and Dopram on hand for most breeders).
We moved a year ago and before I started looking at houses, I interviewed vets and then narrowed my house search to the area that the vet I liked was in. My goal was to find a vet that I didn't know more than where reproduction and whelping was concerned... sadly, it's harder to do than it sounds! And I've only been raising Shelties for about 5 years.