Hi everyone, I am new to this board as we are considering breeding our Boston Terrier. We love her so much that we want her to pass along her wonderful traits as puppies to other families.
How old should she be to breed for the first time? She is 1 1/2 now and in heat. Our vet did not seem to have a problem with it since she is in perfect health but then I read on here someone asking why someone was breading their Boston when she was on 1 1/2 years old. Just want to make the right choice as we would not want to harm her in any way.
I do know breeders that breed on the 2nd heat, however my personal practice is to not breed until 2 yrs old for a few reasons. One being they are not sexually matured until then. You run a risk of a female not caring well for the pups if she is not mature enough to have the motherly instincts. Also, most genetic testing requires they be 2 yrs old in order for the results to be accurate.
I dont think 'we love ' and 'she's cute' to be a reason to breed. Breeding is not all sunshine and rainbows. Uneducated folks can lose an entire litter of pups and the mother as well if things are not done right or they dont recognize the complications when they arise and do not act quickly enough.
It is a long process to know enough to be a breeder....I have done it my entire life (mother and grandfather were both breeders/exhibitors as well) so we grew up doing this...39 years later and I am still learning things.
Spaying is safer and there are plenty of cute Bostons out there, you could always just purchase her a sibling one day.
Oxford do you find that with the bostons you need to have C-sections done or can your girls deliver naturally? Someone I work with breeds them also and has C-sections done with all of them. As long as I've known, she has never allowed them to deliver naturally. Not sure if that is because she had a bad experience once and won't go thru it again or what.
I have been sooooo blessed with my BTs...they have free whelped every litter! My BT are on the smaller side, ranging from 12-16 pounds when full grown. However, I always ensure that my bitch is larger than my sire.
I think they recover better and faster from free whelping vs. C-sections, but a very dear friend of mine who breeds them also has C-sections on all of her girls. She had a very bad experience once and her girl was only 13 pounds while the sire was 22 pounds! The puppies were huge when they were born!
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Thanks to all of you for your input. I have been studying up on the "issues" that could come up with breeding a Boston Terrier. Although I did say we love her, let me clarify that I never mentioned the word "cute" in my post, (although of course she is). This is not the reasons we are considering breeding her and as you yourselves know there is always a time when you started breeding as well and did not know all things. she has been given a health check up and we are aware of the possiblity of a c-section which is why i asked the question of age since I wasn't certain if that would complicate things more. Thanks.
I agree with LPN. We spent two years researching breeds, being interviewed by breeders and have a contract that we co-own our bitch and sire. This ensures that we will show and conduct all of the recommended testing for the breed, prior to breeding.
$$$Thousands later, after showing and getting feed back from judges and other breeders, we carefully pick the mate for one of our dogs, with our upline breeders blessing. This may sound very controlled, but many breeds have health or temperament issues, some skipping generations, so PLEASE carefully look at your line, the health history, the temperament, etc.
We always wait until our dogs are 2-3, as it takes that long to earn a title, have them physically mature, and some tests cannot be conducted until the dog is 18 months-2 years old. If you follow the 1:7 year ratio, you certainly wouldn't breed a human at 14 years old. I would recommend giving her time to develop a strong frame, enjoy her puppyhood and give her time to mature.