Hello, I'm trying to get a few more opinions. I have a female Bichon that I'm considering breeding but one of my vets recommends that I should reconsider. The dog is right around 7 pounds and this, according to the vet, is to small. She says the dog would most likely require a C-section and the risk of death would be greater. Other than that the dog is in perfect health. I don't want to subject the dog to any undo harm, just trying to find out whether the vet might have some sort of ulterior motive for me not to breed or are her concerns legitimate. Is there an ideal weight or size for a female Bichon to breed ? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. SF
I think the best thing you could do is go to a dog show or two, and look at the best of the best of your breed. I know that the AKC breed standard for the Bichon is 9 and 1/2 inches to 11 inches tall.If you don't know your breed standards, you need to do a lot of research. How tall is your female? The vet very likely knows she is too small to breed. You cannot just take a dog and breed it. There are many many factors to contend with, such as breed standard, health testing, bloodlines, knowledge about the breed, and even more essential, knowledge about breeding...a whole different ball of wax. Good luck.
I believe the breed standard is around 7-12lbs, so yes-she is on the small side. Also, bichons are prone to subluxating patellas, epilepsy, cataracts, etc. Are you sure that none of this is carried in her line? What do you know about her parents, grandparents, etc?
You should be happy you have a vet that cares about your dog's best interests. If your vet wanted to make money off of you, believe me...he would say go ahead and breed her. He's not gaining anything by saying she's too small. Sounds to me like he's giving his honest, professional opinion.
I have to agree with your vet, size isn't really the issue here, it is knowledge. A dog can die from breeding period, not just the c-section. Everytime we as breeders breed our dogs, it is a very stressful couple of months, and there are a ton of things that can go wrong. I would suggest actually talking to other breeders about your dog and it's bloodlines. Then spend the couple of hunderd dollars on the gentic testing to make sure she is a good canidate for breeding. lastly do all the research you can on the subject, and try to find a mentor who can help you understand the pros and cons. After all that, if you still want to breed her, and she is up to speck go for it. Any Male you choose should be checked for doggie std's.
You vet is just giving you an honest opinion, he/she has probably seen the results of unknowledgable people breeding there dog becuase it looks like fun. It is scary for the vet, and very upsetting when the dog and all the puppies die, just becuase the research wasn't done.