Q: How do I AKC register an 8 year old female Siberian Husky?
My Diva has pedigreed parents, but I lost her information in a move and I want to breed her with my male. What do I do?
Jul 19, 2008
Should I Breed My Dog?
At some point, every dog owner is faced with the question: To breed or not to breed? If you are considering becoming a breeder, please keep the following in mind.
Responsible breeders embrace the belief that each new litter should represent an improvement over the last.
Responsible breeders are aware that each breed has an official standard or written desrcription of how the ideal dog looks, moves and behaves. They are careful to only breed dogs that meet this standard.
Responsible breeders give careful consideration to health issues, genetic concerns, temperament, soundness and appearance.
Responsible breeders know that every dog - however wonderful as a companion - has certain flaws or weaknesses and that it is important to find a mate that can complement strengths and help eliminate the weaknesses.
Responsible breeders plan ahead to be sure that each puppy they produce will be placed in a safe, loving home suited to its needs.
Responsible breeders accept responsibility for the puppies they produce throughout each puppy's lifetime and are always available to answer questions and provide information to the puppy's new owners.
Spay/Neuter: As a responsible owner, you may consider spaying or neutering your dog
What exactly is spaying and neutering?
Spaying is the surgical removal of a female dog's uterus and ovaries. Neutering refers to the surgical removal of the male's testicles and spermatic cords.
Many breeders offer puppies for sale with the stipulation that the dogs be neutered or spayed when they reach the appropriate age. This is one way for breers to ensure breed improvement by only allowing dogs they determine to be of breeding quality to reproduce.
If you decide that breeding is not for you or your dog, please consider having your dog spayed or neutered to prevent accidental breedings that result in unwanted litters. Here are some other considerations:
Spaying a female or neutering a male is not dangerous and does not change a dog's temperament or cause weight gain.
Spayed females are often healthier and live longer than unspayed females.
Neutered males cannot develop testicular cancer and have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.
The AKC welcomes spayed and neutered dogs to participate in all phases of obedience, tracking, herding, lure coursing, earthdog, agility, Canine Good Citizen testing and junior showmanship, as well as most field work.
An experienced breeder is your best source of information and advice on the intricacies of breeding. The easiest way to find one is through your local dog club.
I'm sorry but 8 years old is MUCH, MUCH too old to be breeding a dog. If you really love your dog which of course I am sure you do-you will NOT breed her!
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Jul 20, 2008
Contact your breeder.
I won't get into details on why an inexperienced "breeder" shouldn't breed, but I will ask that you reconsider unless you are doing it for the "right" reasons.
Even if you do decide to breed, please form a good relationship with other breeders and ask them advice and opinions; they can be a wealth of information to you.
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Jul 20, 2008
Though I am not a breeder myself, I know that I would never breed a dog that isn't a champion in AKC conformation, temperament certified, lacking hip certification and hasn't been screened for other genetic problems that are common to the particular breed. I also know that I would never breed a female dog more than 3 times in her lifespan (two is probably the most). I would worry that breeding an older dog would be physically demanding on the mother dog, and the puppies may be stillborn or deformed, which would be heartbreaking for me. I don't know if I would have the courage to euthanize those puppies that are deformed or have little chance of survival due to genetic weaknesses. I don't think I could sleep at night if I knowingly bred dogs with weak hips in which their new owners might not have the resources for the costly hip surgery, and as a result, those poor doggies would be suffering in pain or worse, end up in a shelter. I would also consider the cost of vet care for the dog during the pregnancy and also the possibility of needing help during the delivery of the puppies, such as emergency C-section for the mother which is costly. I would also worry too much about the welfare of the mother dog and her recovery. Then there is shots for the puppies themselves. I would never sell puppies that are too young and don't know that they are dogs and haven't been taught the basic things the mother would need to teach them in those first crucial weeks of life. I would worry of the possibility that the mother dog wouldn't survive the pregnancy or delivery of those puppies.
My dogs are spayed because I feel that I am not knowledgeable enough and do not have the experience or practice in AKC conformation trials and mostly because I do not want to ever be a "backyard breeder" who only does it for the profit and doesn't care where these puppies end up or how they are treated by the new owners.
It might seem that I am bashing your ideas about breeding, but I just feel that someone who is a breeder should really think about and know what they are doing before doing it. I sincerely hope that you discuss this with your vet and have your vet evaluate your dog's health before you decide to go ahead and do it.
As far as the ILP, this allows your dog to participate in all AKC events except conformation, as the ILP requires proof of spay or neuter.
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