I am new to this forum and very new to dog ownership. Approx 15mths ago we purchased 2 beautiful new additions to our family. And up until now had no unsual behaviour that I couldn't fathom out...Tonight my little male Sparky who was desexed/neutered at 6mths decided to have a go at mating his sister Pebbles who is currently on heat..
This is not the issue, what occurred was I believe a shock to him more than anything else...They didn't actually tie off but I think they came close....This really freaked him out, he wass all twisted up trying to figure out what was happening to him, and licked the area constantly for about 20-30 mins...It did stop him hovering around her and trying again, but he is now a little quiet and not his usual playful self....Has anyone experienced something like this, or does anyone have some advice
That is usually normal behavior. Eventhough your male is neutered, he will still try to mate with your female. The same thing happened to my older dog, he was 14 years old and neutered since he was a puppy, and still tried to mount my friend's dog one time when she brought her over when she was in heat. He does not really "know" that is his sister, that's why there is so many inbreeding accidents, because dogs do not understand inbreeding like humans, they are going on instict.
Sparky should be back to his old self in no time. Granted most people don't talk about an altered male mounting a female, but it does happen. He is just going through the motions, and will as long as he can. I would try to keep them seperated if he is tring all the time. He could get run down. Otherwise nothing bad should happen. Is there a reason your girl isn't spayed?
Thanks for all of your comments....I haven't spayed Pebbles as yet,due to the fact, I may wish to breed with her...I will be making that decision soon, if I decide against breeding with her, she will defiitely be spayed....Nothing has happened since this last incident, I think Sparky may be gun shy or shocked and not thrilled with the idea...And Pebbles heat is nearly over....I have read on a number of web pages it is healthier to spay the female if you don't breed her, to help prevent cancers doe anyone know if this is true....
I'm sorry to hear that you want to breed her. I believe you and she will be much happier if you just have her spayed. If you must breed her, do it responsibly. Educate yourself on her breed, the best place to start is the national breed club. Google "[insert breed] club of america" and you should get the site. The breed club will provide you with the health testing needed to make sure you aren't producing sick and deformed puppies. The will also have the standard and some info on dog shows, which are part of responsible breeding.
I am starting to lean toward not bothering breeding her, I am very happy with my current two adorable dogs....And everything I am reading so far state that having your dog spayed is better for her health in the long run, and I would never forgive myself if something happened to her...They are like my kids and I worry about every little thing that happens to them...This forum is fantastic for information from other dog lovers...I think its great
The problem is also a pregnancy, you never know if something could go wrong. You could lose all the pups, and your little girl (god forbid). Breeding isn't for the light hearted, the dogs can't always do everything by themselves. Not to mention the cost of an emergancy c-section.
I think you would be much happier with a spayed little girl. It is such a piece of mind.
Thanks so much for the advice, I think I will get her spayed..I am due to take both dogs in for their annual vaccination, so I will make enquiries with the vet....I will organise a time to get her done, and ensure I can be home with her at the same time, while she mends....