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Old 03-08-2007, 09:57 PM
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Is it ethical to breed your bitch everytime it comes into season?
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:05 PM
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No, in my opinion it is not ethical to breed a bitch every season.
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:06 PM
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IMO, no. The mother needs a chance to rest and build her strength and resources back up. It's hard work whelping and raising a litter!
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:18 PM
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What if the breeder got a certification from a vet that the dog is fit for breeding even though it was only 4 months ago when the bitch whelped its last litter will that change your answer?
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:20 PM
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No. A dog being fit enough to breed and the breeder being ethical about giving the bitch a cycle off are two different things. Back to back matings will wear out the dog significantly from what I understand and may lead to problems later on.
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:25 PM
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I've heard of people breeding a bitch back to back, then spaying her. Not sure what to think of it. It seems to me like it'd be a lot of stress on the bitch, though, and I personally wouldn't ever do it.
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:32 PM
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What if the breeder argues that he has made an excellent breeding and that there is a high demand for his puppies will that justify his act?
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:34 PM
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If there's a truly high demand, the potential puppy buyers will be willing to wait an extra 6-8 months for the bitch to have a heat cycle off.
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Old 03-08-2007, 11:00 PM
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I've been studying breeding and its effects on a bitch quite a bit lately because of my interest in breeding someday. To me, the question of breeding back-to-back cycles can't be answered with a simple "yes" or "no".

According to some canine reproductive specialists, breeding a healthy bitch in back-to-back cycles is not necessarily a bad thing. If you google Dr. Robert Van Hutchison you will find some transcripts of seminars that go into that. The uterus of a bitch deteriorates with every heat cycle. Breeding her doesn't create any more deterioration of the uterus than not breeding her would.

Of course, the bitch needs to be healthy, maintaining weight, and be a good mother to start with. Bitches carry their puppies for approximately two months, puppies are generally weaned by six weeks old, and that gives her a couple of months to recuperate before being bred again. Some bitches can do it, some can't.

There are a lot of other things to consider besides the current health of the bitch. How old is she? How easily did she whelp the first time? Did she produce dead puppies? How easily did her milk come in? Did she enjoy the puppies? Was she bred the previous heat cycle too? Is she of a high enough quality that she should even BE bred? What kind of health testing did she have prior to breeding? What about the stud dog? Is he health tested?

If the motivation for breeding again is a quick sale of puppies, then I would say that's absolutely unethical. The current puppies are only four months old - WAY too young to truly assess for quality and health - so there's no way of really knowing if this is an "excellent" breeding.

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Old 03-08-2007, 11:27 PM
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I personally would never do it and I know a lot of top breeders that don't. More than anything, reputable breeders don't generally breed more than 1 litter per year.

For those that do want to do it, I think it depends on the age and health of the bitch along with the emotional and nutritional support she is given.
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