We have a 2yr old female Boston. She has had two cycles in the last seven mths and expecting another probably soon. Our close friend has a 1 yr old male Pug and we have discussed breeding the two. I would like to know any and all suggestions and opinions for this venture. First things first.. I have never breed dogs. I wouldnt know when to introduce the two, what the process intails, or if this thought is premature. We are very responsible dog owners and have held off on fixing her for the purpose of breeding one day.
If you are planning on breeding your untitled, untested dog, in order to produce more mutts to strain the already over populated pet population you are so very far from responsible you can not even see it.
I do not think it would be a great idea for you to do this for many reasons. The first reason is I work with a Boston breeder and she has had to have c-sections on everyone of her females in order for them to give birth. So plan on saving up anywhere from 700-1000 dollars for that and hope it doesn't occur on a weekend when no vet is open and you will need the services of an emergency vet and then your cost will increase.
Another reason is that sometimes a female can die during delivery. Anesthesia is always a risk and an even bigger risk for brachiocephalic dogs such as Bostons. Even if anesthesia is not used, and she delivers naturally there is always a risk of losing your dog. Are you willing to accept that risk?
There are many health issues in both breeds and it can be costly to have all the necessary pre breeding testing done. You can of course always skip the testing but then you run the risk of delivering puppies that are going to be unhealthy, not necessarily right away but down the road, and that not only is unfair to the puppies but it is a huge heartache when the new owners and the kids in the family of the puppies have to put their dog to sleep at a young age due to it having something that the parents were never tested for. Or the puppy could just drop dead someday of something like a heart issue that was not foreseen or picked up on.
Also if you take on the resposibility of breeding you also take on the resposibility of the puppies for their lifetime. you brought them into the world and your resposibility does not end once they have found new homes. Suppose a family moves and can no longer keep the dog because where they are moving does not allow pets? Will you be able to take that dog back into your home and go through the process of trying to find another family for it?
do you think you could screen potential families well enough to know that the family you choose for one of the puppies is going to provide a safe and well cared for environment? will have money if any emergencies crop up and the puppy needs special surgeries?
do you have the money for all the things you will need to do for the puppies BEFORE they are found homes? such as multiple vet visits, vaccinations, de-wormings, whelping box/area for the puppies and mom, etc.
My first and foremost reason for advising against this is at any given time not only are there hundreds of bostons and hundreds of pugs in rescue that need homes, there are MILLIONS of dogs of any purebreed and mixes overpopulating the local pounds, shelters and rescue groups. there is no need to be breeding any more dogs period, until these dogs are found homes.people need to start taking care of what is already here before bringing more animals into the world.
the sad reality is that there are just not enough homes for all the animals already here and one day one of your puppies will end up in a shelter, statistically speaking, and most likely will wind up euthanized due to the fact there are just too many out there. can you look into the eyes of the newborn pups knowing that they may end up in a freezer in the back of some stinkhole because someone couldn't keep him/her anymore, you couldn't/wouldn't take the puppy back, and there wasn't a home for him/her ?
I think Scouts post is excellent, with alot of useful information. There is only a few things I would like to add.
Will you or your friend be ready for some behavior changes if they happen. A female can become extremly protective, (I had one even attack someone after her first litter). Sometimes they remain in that protective state, and no long love everyone around. The male can start marking territory, everywhere. It is not a housebreaking issue, and hard to stop. He to can also become extremly protective after being bred.
The other thing, is alot of states have adopted a puppy lemon law. This law makes YOU responsible for health problems, and you could be lieable for damages and vet bills. Are you ready to spend a ton of money on a dog that isn't even yours?
There are many reasons why breeding should be carefully planned, and only done by someone who either knows what they are doing, or has a mentor to help. Losing your dog is hard enough, but possibly losing your dog, and a litter of puppies can be even harder.
Alot ogood info has been given already. First off, both of these breeds are not a beginners breed to whelp. Pug puppies are born with large heads which alot of ties require a c-section to be born. Not only that but what is it about the Boston terrier that you find undesirable that you would want to mix breed it to another breed?
There is so much you need to know and learn about breeding, whelping, and puppy rearing that one post would not fit. My suggestion would be to wait and consider spaying.
Also 2 heat cycles in 7 months is not normal. She may have hormonal issues that need checked out by a vet before even a purebred breeder would consider using her.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 1/12/2010 4:29:23 PM*** Reason: spelling
I have to agree with others. The Boston Terrier and Pug both have great potential for c-sections. Not to mention, there's no real reason to mix 2 perfect breeds to produce mutts. Not to mention they each have their own potential health problems; put them together and you get both of their problems in one.
Your BT needs to be checked regarding her cycle frequency. It may be the safe thing to have her spayed; enjoy her.
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my old neighbor had 7 dogs, bostons and pugs and they had puppys. the people didnt take any of them to the vets or get anyone fixed. it makes me very angry there poor females had multiple liters and finaly my mother talked them into giving up the dogs up that they dont care for after one died because it didnt get that c section she needed. my mom works at a vet and they fixed them for free and found them good homes and my mom took the two puppies that were lucky enough to survive one of the litters. i have nothing against mutts but some people are just really stupid with there pets,
im sure if the original breeder new that there babys were going to people like that who are careless and dont bring there dogs to the vet and just let them breed and give them away to whoever its discusting and heart breaking. i go to my local animal shelter often to help out and always let them no if anyone needs a foster home just call me it is very sad. i cant wait till i am ready for a second dog im going to adopt and give it the best life.
deffinetly dont breed them let people take care of the dogs that need homes the most first plus it is sooo much work