Q: breeding a pet

April 24, 2008 | By heather | 8 answers | Expired: 2832 days ago


i want to have puppies with my yorkapoo just once and need some advice on how to go about it

Chosen Answer

Apr 25, 2008

I absolutely agree. No matter how much fun bringing new puppies into the world can be, the fact is you have to view factually, not emotionally.

1.) Your dog must be a proven (proven as in it's lineage is healthy with no genetic defaults) dog that is breed standard. Otherwise, what's the point? Any worthwhile breeder will tell you that they breed to promote the purity of the breed; as in breeding for the temperament, size, color, and millions of other things that make a Poodle a Poodle, not a Schnauzer.

2.) You have to be aware of the "what-ifs" - what if your dog can't handle the pregnancy and needs a C-section? What if you didn't pick a good male, and he ends up passing on genetic life-altering deformities to the puppies? That can and will happen in unresearched breedings.

3.) Lastly, but certain not the least of my concerns, is this - please volunteer or at least visit a humane or city shelter. Take a look around. ALL of those dogs don't have a home, are unwanted and unloved, and statistically, about HALF of them are from unplanned or unwanted litters. I used to work at the Humane Society and people would actually bring in whole litters of puppies that they couldn't sell and didn't want.

Breeding is not something to be taken lightly. It can be delightful, but you must question your motives for doing so.

Please spay your dog. It truly is better for her health and will give you peace of mind.

Best of luck to you and your dog!

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Readers' Answers (7)
Marta J.

Apr 24, 2008

Why? There are so many animals that need homes.Do you have homes already? Forgive me,but breeding can be hard on a dog. Small dogs can have a lot of problems if breeding is not done correctly. A breeder needs to know what problems each breed can have and how to avoid them. What if your dog needs a C section or doesn't want to take care of the puppies. It does happen. Breeding should be left to the pros who know what their doing. Someone I know just bred their boxer, it almost killed her. The vet doesn't know what's wrong. She's losing weight and falling over. She's eating fine, the blood work is fine and xrays show everything normal.They now have to bottle feed the pups. That's getting up 4 to 5 times a night and all day to feed them. One already died. She said NEVER again. Think about it.

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Chris W.

Apr 26, 2008

Great answers from all so far.

I do understand the motive Heather may have. She loves her dog so much that she wants a part of her to live on after her she dies. That part would live on in her puppy. Before I joined up with my local rescue and shelter we bred Greta to Bear for the same reason and kept two of the puppies, Maxx and Stefani. Bear has since passed on and I do see him alot in his son, Maxx. But it's not Bear. Bear lives on in our hearts. One dog cannot replace another one. It's impossible because they are individuals.

I screened homes for these puppies very thoroughly at the time and I still worried about them. One I even got back from the owner because I realized they just wanted her to breed her. And now that I am involved in my rescue and see ALL of the German Shepherds that we can't help because of lack of space, money and volunteers, I would never consider breeding again.

Greta got spayed about 4 years ago. Bear died at age 9 with lymphoma. Those diseased genes will probably kill at least one of that litter early like it did our Bear. Our hearts were broken when Bear was diagnosed and I have the same fear that Maxx and Stefani or someone elses puppy will acquire it.

I stayed in touch with my puppy buyers for years. Sadly, I found out that one of the females was stolen and she was in heat at the time. God love her, she's probably being used just to make money for some selfish idiot. You don't have to learn your lessons the hard way. Please learn from my mistakes.

You'll love another dog when your girl dies of a ripe old age. It won't be exactly the same, but it wouldn't be if you had one of her offspring either.

I LOVE the experience of birthing babies. I have found that I can use my knowledge and passion in helping unfortunate shelter animals. Some of them give birth in filthy shelters. Some pregnant dogs get euthanized days before their litters are due to prevent more unwanted animals. I can bring them to my home, give them a safe place to have pups. Once the pups are old enough, they get spayed/neutered and then placed into carefully screened adoptive homes. And mother dogs gets her time for nuturing by getting spayed, getting healthy and then she gets adopted as well. I do my part in reducing the overpopulation problem every time I do this AND I help the innocent ones that would have died in a kill shelter.

Whelping shelter mothers is especially dramatic and challanging. I have not done it once when there was not a major problem. Either it be lack of milk production, fading puppies, stillbirths, other defects that emerge as the puppies grow. It is not easy but to me it is my specialty and my gift to the ones that would die pregnant in that shelter. Maybe it's because I don't have skin kids. Who knows why I do this, but its worthwhile and saves lives.

Save yourself and your yorkiepoo alot of problems. Spay her, enjoy her. Maybe get her a companion for play if you want another pet. But please ADOPT don't buy. We have to stop the backyard breeders and as long as we keep putting money in their pockets, they'll keep churing out the pups.

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Apr 25, 2008

Most reputable breeder will not stud for you. If your dog is show quality and has earned its championship then it will be easy to look at stud and their lineage. If not, your dog is probably not breed standard and may have things in its genetic make up that would make it dangerous to have a litter or may cause the puppies to have health issues. Your yorkipoo is a mixed breed. There are hundred if not thousands of yorkipoos that enter shelters every year and those who do not find homes are euthanized.

Please do not add to this growing problem. Get your precious pet spayed. It will also prevent her getting some of the reproductive cancers unaltered females get.

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