Like the title says, I want to convince my friend not to breed her little Shih Tzu. Duchess is a non-registered, purebred Shih Tzu who has never bred before. I don't think she should breed cause those pups are gonna get homes, then what about the dogs in the shelter? They will probably be euthanized. There are also to many risks, Duchess could die, the puppies could be still born, the list is endless!
So what should I tell her? I don't know if she would listen, but I have to try, right?
Try taking her to the shelter, have her contact a shih-tzu rescue and see how many need homes. Tell her about what can go wrong, her dog dieing, lossing pups, high vet bill etc. See if there is a puppy lemon law in your state, and talk to her about the fact she could be sued if there is anything wrong with a puppy she sells.
Those who want to breed will, no matter what you say. All you can do is be a good friend and tell her how disgusted you are at the fact she wants to breed her dog while so many die.
OK, I am covered in puppy feces daily, so let me give a different perspective:
I show dogs, I breed proven lines with champion dams and sires. I spent over $1,000 per dog doing genetic testing and now, I get to stay up all night while my bitch is in labor, rush her to the vet when she shakes uncontrollably, tear open the amniotic sacs, suction their mouths and stimulate them to begin breathing. Then I monitor all feedings every three hours 24/7, b/c the mom can roll or step on a newborn. I change their bedding 3 times a day and do a load of their laundry daily, after hand scrubbing the waste spots. I begin bottle feeding at three days or so, to ensure they have enough milk. (Goats milk at $4 per quart or Just Born at $20 per container = $200+) I take them in at 3 days old to have their dew claws removed and checked. This time, the mom did not pass three pups, I had to rush her to the vet to induce labor. The next day, she had 105 degree temperature, had to rush her back as a placenta did not pass.
I have not slept through the night in 8 weeks. Today, is their 8 week birthday. Daily, I clean pee and poop every hour from their pen as they think it's mud and play in it and jump on each other. They are in my family room of our home and I am meticulous with their care. They are fed 4 times a day, a special diet as they don't all have all of their teeth. Their chew toys are bathed, some are frozen and we watch them tirelessly so they do not choke. I bathe them once a week and sponge bathe them daily to get the urine and feces off of them. My house smells, yet I am an at home mom and am right on top of the cleaning and feeding. They just went in for their first shots and checkup. Total cost for this litter of 6? Nearly $1,000.00 in vet bills, $400 in food, $300 in supplies/toys and counting, and I already owned a whelping box, pen blankets/towels etc.
My evenings are spent updating a website that I had to create myself, writing a puppy blog, sending people descriptions and taking, modifying and posting pictures, and writing and placing ads.
This was an accidental litter, as my male tied with my female on her 17th day of heat after he broke through two doors to get to her. Last night, as I was kissing them goodnight, I felt "goo" on one of them. I put her down and there was poop all over my pajamas. She got a bath and I got to clean out my shirt, another hour before I went to bed.......They need to be cute or we wouldn't do this.
It is SOOOOO much easier to find a loveable dog at a shelter who really would love to live and needs a home.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
I was going to suggest the same theme as pwdlover -- emphasize how much WORK having puppies is. pwdlover has firsthand experience, so she can go into detail. I only know about how much work it is based on what she and other breeders post here.
I had enough energy to deal with this kind of stuff for the infant *humans* in the house -- not any other species. If you suspect your friend might be overwhelmed by the responsibilities, I think this might be a good way to convince her.