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Old 02-27-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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How many litters do you let the healthy bitch have?
( don't like the 'B' word but it is the proper one )
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I do not consider myself a professional breeder, more along the hobbiest, considering I don't breed a litter every year.

For me, the decision on how many litters to allow a bitch to have, has to be contingent on a couple of things. 1) how many pups were in the last litter? if the bitch usually has 7 or more pups, and her last litter there were 4, chances are the female is done breeding. 2) what was the time it took the female to recover from the last litter? 3) each female is different and some really flourish when they have pups, where with others, they don't do as well.

Some breeders like to do back to back breedings and a year off. For me, I do not like to do that, mainly because that is too much time off for the training and trialing I do with my dogs. The span of breeding ability is really short. I wouldn't consider breeding a female under 2.5 years of age, and actually prefer 3 years. I know females who have been bred at 9 and 10 years old and did very well, and still had 5+ pups in the litters, that were healthy, and females lived several years more. I think the breed of dog has to be taken into account too.

For me personally, I think 4 litters is good, and that is without breeding back to back, and finishing before age 8.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for taking the time to answer. Maybe I should put hoppiest breeder but I didn't want any back yard or acidental breeders answering. I wanted a serious answer from someone who genuinely takes the time to do it right like you do!
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Haus I am going to have to disagree with yo and say you are a professional breeder.. You are not a pro cause you have litters every year.. you are a pro when you put health and quality of stock in front of everything which I can tell you do by them long lines of titles You care about the testing,abilty and overall well being of the animals. If all breeders in the US and the world for that matter were like you we wouldn't have issues with overbreeding and the bad health that is in so many breeds around the world period.. So sorry I will have to disagree on that part...

It's a joy to read about someone who actually put real thought into their breeding and maintenance of their breed
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The way I see it, the term "professional" is an indication of what one does for a living, rather than a hobby. Following that train of thougt, IMO a "professional" breeder would be someone who breeds for the mass market, is required to have a commercial license to breed dogs and almost always has puppies for sale.

I'm guessing from your original post Techie that you're looking more for responses from ethical, dedicated breeders that are breeding purebreds for their love of the breed and for a distinct purpose.

There are no hard and fast rules for this type of breeder; other than to always have the best interests of the bitch in mind before planning to breed her. Some of the things, (no one thing is more important than the other) these breeders take into consideration are her age, health, ease of whelping and raising her pups, the influence she has on her puppies while raising them, the number of puppies in her litters, and her worthiness to contribute to the continuation of the characteristics of the breed. This would include conformation, true breed temperament along with whatever natural abilities are typical of the breed.

Normally 3 litters in 6 years would be about it IMO, but exceptions can be made if an older bitch is an easy whelper, produces excellent puppies, is in top physical shape and bounces back quickly from raising a litter.

Most ethical hobby breeders don't breed the same bitch more than twice since they are actually breeding more for a keeper for themselves rather than breeding for commercial purposes. If they bred the same bitch multiple times over a few years keeping one or two from each litter they'd soon wind up with too many dogs with the current adults, puppies in training plus the older retirees!

Many years ago we had a very exiting planned litter on the way. One of my husbands co-workers made the comment; "Wow you're breeding Champion dogs; there must be a ton of money in that". My husbands response was; "You're right; with a litter like this it takes just about every thing you can afford to put into it!
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Applesmom, you interpreted what I meant correctly. I just didn't know how to phrase it. Thank you for your response!
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my bitches have 2 litters max and then are spayed . i have 3 bitches at present ...........1 is spayed had 2 litters ,2 spayed no litters , 3 had 1 litter and will probably get her spayed now too.

a breeder is a breeder imo, even if you have only bred 1 litter, in my opinion there's no such thing as a hobby breeder!
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Interesting comment Lassie. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on why you feel there is no such thing as hobby breeders.
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Interesting comment Lassie. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on why you feel there is no such thing as hobby breeders.
as i said earlier my views are that anyone who breeds a litter is a breeder.Regardless if they show, breed for improvement , or breed to keep one. Hobby breeders don't give their pups away or do they?
a hobby breeder is someone who breds their pet a once/twice for several reasons the most common one being they want to keep a pup from their bitch because she should have a litter..
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No Bitch sould 'have' to have a litter! I never was pregnant and I don't think a female dog should 'have' to be so!
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