is there such a thing as a breeding dog? can you purchase a pair of breeding dogs? im just wondering if theres such a thing?
recently rescued a bull terrier and found her owner. her owner is giving us to her and keeping her mate, all he asks for in return is his pick of her next litter (I've found this common in my research and i just have to ask why? wouldnt you want from another bloodline?)
I have falling in love with her and can understand why this dog should be bred.. good temperment, good health. wonderful companion and friend.
i have many questions, too many to list here. if anyone would mind mentoring me i would greatly appreciate it.
Well first of all, if you are considering breeding her, you DID NOT rescue her. Second of all, health testing should be done well before even considering breeding. Third placing bully breeds into home is difficult, as many places do not allow them. I love the staffy bull to death, and was seriously considering showing and breeding them. I felt it is not worth it, as so many dieing in shelters due to over breeding, and fighting.
AS far as I am concerned the only advice I would give is have her spayed, and love her as your pet. Breeding is tricky buisness, and can cost you the life of your dog, and all her puppies.
Breeding dogs are created through a lot of hard work, genetic testing, proven conformation, quality bloodlines, dispositions. It is not something to take lightly and prior to my breeding any dog, they have gone through 5 health tests as well as proven themselved in a show ring.
I agree with illusionsmini, I would spay her. Breeding effectively and responsibly requires a lot of knowledge and support. Unless you are willing to health/genetic test her to determine if she possesses the genes, characteristics and qualities to produce a line that would benefit the breed, then don't breed. There are wonderful dogs in the shelter that would love a chance at life, and to bring more dogs in to the world, that are untested with an inexperienced breeder, is not necessary or wise. If you rescued her and the breeder let you keep her, but wants you to breed her, then he is not looking after her best interest. You will be stuck with 8+ weeks of raising pups, trying to find good homes, mentoring owners, the medical bills, food, whelping supplies and he wants a free brood bitch out of it??? Why was she put in the position of having to be rescued? Why does he still want to breed her? Is she a registered purebred and what has he done to determine she would produce an excellent line?
A responsible breeder will not only do all of the above, but they will be a mentor to puppy owners for the life of the pup, take them back if the family does not work out, and get educated on the breed so they become experts and can answer any questions not only about the breed, but guiding new families through the training process.
I would find out his qualification and knowledge as a breeder. If you give him a pup, it is not just one pup, it is the beginning of many more litters and hundreds of more dogs in this world.....
***Edited By: pwdlover on 8/7/2010 11:25:02 AM*** Reason: added content
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.
Someone on another forum I am on got a bitch Bullmastiff under the same contract. She didnt spay her, and let her have just one litter, the "breeder" wanted one bitch from the litter, seemed easy enough to her. She bred the dog, and the bitch ended up needing a c-section, and only had 5 pups, 3 of which died. And the 2 left were both males, so the breeder tried to strong arm her into breeding again. In the end she is easily out $2000, and her bitch has started having aggression issues. Yep sounds like a win win to me.
Oxford that's the problem. Everyone thinks their dogs are going to go to a good home. Nobody ever thinks that their dogs will end up like those poor animals. Well somebodys dogs and cats created those poor animals in those trash cans. Sometimes you have to be a little harsh because that sense of entitlement that some people have needs to be punched out of them !!
'I have falling in love with her and can understand why this dog should be bred.. good temperment, good health. wonderful companion and friend.'
These are not reasons to breed a dog. A breeder breeds their chosen breed to better the breed, not just because they have a nice friendly dog. As you can see from the link Scout posted, there are millions of poor unwanted dogs and cats slaughtered every day.
I recently went through a nightmare with one of my pups. I sold her as a pet under a non- breeding contract 3 years ago.
2 weeks ago, I was in the vet clinic having one of my dogs examined, and the vet said "Oh , I just had a Boston in here the other day" Since I'm the only breeder that I know of around here, I asked where the dog came from, and what it was in the clinic for. The vet proceeded to tell me a horror story that still makes me sick.
The person I sold the dog to, had taken my dog in for it's THIRD c-section, and had bred her 3 times to a Chihuahua. The vet then went on to say that this woman had been raided by the S.P.C.A, and had 57 dogs removed from her puppy mill. The vet said my dog was spayed, and the S.P.C.A had let the woman keep 4 dogs...one being 'mine'.
Now..... I have an ironclad contract. My pups are micro-chipped and tattooed as well.I thought I had a great screening process, and I never even guessed that this could happen. The woman was to provide me with proof that the dog was spayed at 6 months, but she showed me a bill obviously from another dog. I was sure this lady was a nice person....never in my wildest dreams did I think she would do something like this.I live in a rural area, and you would think people would know if a woman had that many dogs. She kept them in another yard site, hidden in the valley...nobody ever saw them.
In my contact it states that I can take the dog back at any time should I feel the dog is being abused. I have now taken the woman to court, as she will not return my phone calls, nor answer the door, or e-mails.
If you think breeding dogs is just a simple pastime, please dont breed. I do all health testing, I raise my pups in my house, and I only breed once, perhaps twice every other year.I have a very in- depth screening process, and I still got absolutely deceived.