SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO RAISE A LITTER
Your dog is beautiful, she has
a wonderful temprament and you know she will make gorgeous puppies! You know what to expect if everything goes right. Your
little girl will present you with tiny bundles of joy. She will lovingly nurse them and care for them until they are old enough
to be weaned. You and your family will find great joy in watching and playing with these little dolls, and then when the time
is right they will all (or maybe you keep just one) go off to special homes to live out their lives as cherished companions,
and you will have some extra money in your pocket. But have you given consideration as to what can go wrong? Try to imagine some of these things, all are possible!!
What if during the breeding...........
1) You paid the $350-$1,000 stud
fee up front, figuring you will make that and more back when the puppies are sold. The breeder guarantees the stud service
to work or you can come back again. After 2 months you discover it didn't work and now must wait another 4 months to try again.
Of course it doesn't work again, so in another 4 months you take your dog to another male and risk losing another stud fee.
2) You get her bred, bring her
home, and she bothers you, so you let her out. (she is still in heat and still receptive to males). You hear a commotion
outside and there is your girl mating with the neighborhood mutt. When she whelps there will need to be DNA tests done
on the pups if you want to register them, as the puppies can each have a differnt father!.
3) Knowing she tied/mated with
the neighborhood mutt, you decide to terminate the pregnancy and try again being more careful next time. But a few weeks later
your female is very sick, because you had given a miss-mate shot and now she has Pyometra (untirine infection) and needs
a complete hysterectomy. All plans of getting a litter are gone and your female's life is now in danger, if she does
not have the operation.
What if during the birth..............
1) The puppies are too large for
the females hips! (how will you know?) or she never even goes into labor, then the puppies will die, and she
will become infected by the decaying bodies, causing her blood to become infected and resluting in her death.
2) The puppies are coming breach
and they drown in their own sacks before they can be born. (Will you know if they are breach?)
3) The first puppy is large and
breach. When it starts coming your female starts screaming, and before you can stop her she reaches around, grabs the puppy
in her teeth and yanks it out killing it instantly, or worse yet just seriously injuring it, requiring vet care.
4) A puppy gets stuck. Neither
your female nor you can get it out. You have to race her to the vet. The vet can't get it out either. She has to have an emergency
caesarian section. Of course, this never happens at a convenient time! It is usually 3:00 am Christmas day or the day of your
nieces wedding, ect... .
5) A puppy gets stuck in the birth
canal, but your female is well into hard labor. She contracts so hard trying to give birth that her uterus prolapses, or even
ruptures and she bleeds to death on the way to the vet.
What if directly after birth..........
1) The mother has no idea what
to do with a puppy and she drops them out and walks away, leaving them in the sack to drown.
2) The mother takes one look at
the puppies, decides they are disgusting droppings and tries to smother them in anything she can find to bury them in.
3) The mother gets too enthusiastic
in her removal of the placenta and umbilical cord, and rips the cord out leaving a gushing hole pulsing blood all over you
as you try in vain to stop the bleeding.
4) What if because of some hormone
deficiency, she turns vicious allowing no one near her or the babies, who she refuses to nurse, and won't let you step in
to help. Or she goes into shock and dies!
What if when you think you are in the clear..................
1) One or more of the puppies inhaled
fluid during birth, pneumonia develops and death occurs within 36 hours. (will you know if they inhaled birthing
2) What if the mothers milk
goes bad. You lose three of your four puppies before you discover what is wrong. You end up bottle-feeding the remaining
pup every two hours, day and night. After three days the puppy fades from infection and dies.
3) The puppies develop fading puppy
syndrome and you lose two. You are bottle-feeding or tube feeding the last remaining baby. It begins to choke and despite
your efforts to clear the airway, the pup stiffens and dies in your hands.
4) Your female develops a uterine
infection from a retained placenta. Her temperature soars to 105. You race her to the vet, he determines she must
be spayed. He does the spay in an attempt to save her life, you pay the hundreds of dollars bill. The infection has gone into
her blood stream. The infected milk kills all the puppies and the bitch dies a day later.
Are you prepared to deal
with these things?? All are possible!
1) You had the puppies vet checked
and got thier first vaccinations (shots) into them, now you put an ad in the local paper for your pups at the usual
going price of your breed, you get only 2 responses and no sales... you run the ad another week with only one person
who said they will come out to see the pups..they never even showed up! Now you cut the puppies price in half and broaden
your advertising to include 3 other newspapers in which the advertising totals $120.00 a week. Again you get a few calls
but no one comes to see the puppies! The puppies are now 9 weeks old and need another puppy shot in thier vaccination
series, more vet bills!
2) You get a few more puppy inquiries
from people who ask all kinds of questions about the parents, and pedigrees and if the pups are registered, and
if there was health screening done on them and your experience with raising dogs. You tell them your dogs are not related,
they are healthy, that you could get the registration papers if you wanted to, and this is your first time
raising puppies. The callers politely thank you and hang up. The puppies are now ready for thier third puppy booster...more
3) The pups are now 4 1/2 months
old and getting bigger , eating a lot and causing a lot of hassles in your daily life, PLUS their barking is really
beginning to annoy the neighbors, so they call the police, who inform you of the $150.00 noise by-law, and remind you
that 4 month old puppies need a rabies shot and by 5 months of age need a dog license!! MORE BILLS!
4) Your neighbors also called the
humane society, who comes out to inspect the care of your dogs. You pass inspection, but again, you are reminded
that they need to be licensed or you will be fined per dog! Now you end up feeling truely stressed and harassed.
5) You finally decide to give the
rest of the litter away, but you still had to pay the $280 or more in advertising
bills and the $800 vet bills.
What if the new homes are not so happy?.......................
1) You give a puppy to a friend. Their fence blows down so they tie the puppy outside while they go to work. A roving dog
comes along and kills the puppy. Your friend calls you up to tell you about the poor little puppy and asks when you are having
2) You sell a puppy to an acquaintance. The next time you see them you ask how the puppy is doing. They tell you that it
soiled their new carpet so they took it to the pound.
3) You sell a puppy to a friend (you give them a good price and payments). They make a couple of tiny payments. Six months
later they move to an apartment. They ask you to take it back. You take it back and of course the payments stop. The dog they
returned is so shy and ill mannered from lack of socialization and training it takes you a year of work providing socializing
and training to be able to give it away.
4) You sell a puppy to a wonderful home. They love her like one of the family. At a vet check done by their vet it is determined
that the puppy has a heart murmur. (Your vet found nothing when he checked the puppy before it was sold.) They love their
puppy and want the best for her. They have an expensive surgery done. The puppy is fine. they sue you for the medical
costs. They win, because you did not have a contract stipulating conditions of guarantee and so as breeder you are
responsible for the puppies genetic health.
5) One loving home decides your puppy is un-trainable, destructive and wants to return the pup and get a full refund.
6) One loving couple calls you and is very upset because their pup now a year old has luxating patellas and want to know
what you are going to do about it. Never mind how you cautioned them about letting little Fifi jump off of high places while
her bones were still growing or the fact that she jumped out of her owner's arms injuring her knees, now they want you to
pay for getting them fixed!
So you got to ask yourself
Was it worth it?
PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET!