Tempted to Breed
Your Tibetan Mastiff?
So you think you might want to breed a litter? I will admit that nothing
upsets me more than people who do not take this decision very seriously.
A casual approach to producing a litter is not only irresponsible
and detrimental to the Tibetan Mastiff breed specifically, but also to
the pet over-population problem in general.
Breeding a litter should never
be attempted as a money-making venture, to allow your children to witness
the miracle of birth or because you think you need another dog "exactly
like ours". There is no guarantee
that you will produce anything resembling the look and character of your
present dog, especially without some knowledge of pedigrees and genetics. Ethical,
responsible breeding is not only expensive, it's time consuming and it's
hard work. If you are not going to be ethical and responsible then
Please consider the realities listed below before you make this incredibly
important decision. If you feel that breeding is something you would
still like to attempt, PLEASE find a seasoned and experienced breeder to
mentor you and it is additionally helpful if you actually listen to the
advice you are given.
In my opinion ~
- Puppies need more than five minutes of your undivided attention.
- Puppies need to be stimulated, held, loved, spoken to & played with
several times throughout the day.
- What we do as breeders is crucial to the temperament & trainability
of the puppy for its entire lifetime.
- Puppies raised in garages, basements and barns as an "After Thought" for
a little extra income can suffer lifelong problems as a result.
- When someone sees a hyper or ill tempered purebred, it is the REAL breeder
who spends hours defending the breed we love.
- We also spend hours educating and consoling the buyer who had to relinquish
their uncontrollable pet.
- In many cases, we are fostering & rehoming that pet. To be honest,
I am tired of cleaning up a few other "breeder's" messes.
- The "breeder" who sold the puppy through the classifieds has changed
their phone number or can't help the buyer now because "They Are Not
Really Breeders" and "This Was Just A One Time Thing".... It's
not that I don't want to help anyone ~ but there are only so many hours
in the day.
- I don't want one of my buyers to be the next irresponsible breeder selling
puppies through the classifieds and more importantly, I don't want one
of my puppies to be the mother of the litter advertised in that ad.
- Unless you are prepared to take back any puppy you produce for any reason,
at any time....You should not breed even one litter.
- Do you have the room, the time, the patience, the finances?
- It is not easy and it is not always profitable.
- It can be very costly.
- While you may want to produce "just one litter" because all your
friends & relatives LOVE your dog.... and want a puppy "just like
her", one emergency vet visit can leave you in the red.
- Those same friends & relatives usually find an excuse for not wanting
the puppy once it becomes available.
- When you have puppies to place at the age of 7 weeks ~ believe me, you will
be in a panic & feel desperate. Ten 7 week old puppies can be difficult
to deal with if you aren't prepared.
- If you are having your first litter ~ Trust me...You won't be prepared.
- I really hate to be this graphic, but there is no other way to get my point
across. I recently received a call from a person wanting to know if their
dog could be in labor.
- I ask if the female's temperature had dropped. The response was "I
don't know." I ask her to take her dog's temperature - and after telling
her "how" to
take it... the voice on the other end of the phone said "EEEEWWWWWW" Believe
me, you will be doing much worse things than inserting a thermometer in
the dog's rectum. If it makes you squeamish....you should not become a
breeder. If you call me on the phone to ask if your female could be ready
to breed and I ask you if her vulva is swollen... it would be in your best
interest not to ask...."HER WHAT"??? If you do, you will probably
hear a loud "Click". I am not interested in providing stud service
for people who stammer & stutter when they hear the word "vulva".
If you gasp & feel faint at the thought of wiping her with a tissue to
let me know what color the discharge is..... Please spay your dog.
- Please, please, please THINK before you breed.... Heartbreaking things can
happen during whelping. They still happen to me and they can also happen
to you. Whelping females can get eclampsia during & after whelping and
die. Do you know how to prevent it? Are you familiar with the symptoms?
- Puppies get stuck in the birth canal and die.
- It is often on a Sunday or in the middle of the night. Emergency C-sections
are not cheap.
- What do you tell your children when you arrive home with no puppies?
- Even worse, what if their beloved Molly comes home as ashes in a cremation
- Whelping mothers can chew the cord too short on a puppy and the puppy can
bleed to death right before your eyes.
- Puppies are sometimes born with their insides on the outside.
- Whelping mothers have been known to accidentally bite off a paw while chewing
the cord or stimulating the puppy.
- Puppies can be born DEAD.
- Puppies can be born perfectly healthy and fade from "Fading Puppy Syndrome" for
no apparent reason.
- What do you tell your children then?
- Puppies can die from cleft palettes, toxic milk, round worms, coccidia,
giardia, parvo, distemper, upper respiratory infections...and the list
goes on....Some mothers have no milk. Some mothers have bad milk.
- Are you prepared to bottle feed 10 puppies round the clock every few hours
until they can drink formula from a dish? Do you know how to tube feed
the small ones who are too weak to suck?
- Some puppies get colic....and you warm and rub their tummy's and walk the
floor day & night praying for some sleep and listening to them cry in
- What do you do with the puppies that don't survive in the middle of winter
in a cold climate? Are you willing to work on a puppy that appears to be
dead for twenty minutes to see if you can revive it? Are you able to emotionally
handle it if you can't save it?
- Are you willing to suction mucus from a newborn puppy's nostrils using your
own mouth if an emergency requires it?
- Do you know what after birth smells like? What about the mothers who retain
puppies or placentas?
- They can get a severe infection and die on the operating table because you
didn't know what signs to look for or how to give a shot of oxytocin.
- What will you do when a puppy is being born feet first already out of the
sack, stuck in the birth canal, and the only way to get him out is to break
- Warm & Fuzzy??????
- You and your children have plenty of life's experiences to enjoy.
- Whelping is not one of them.
- It is not always the warm & fuzzy experience you are expecting.
- The things I've mentioned are some of the less graphic.
- What about studding out my male? Do your dog a huge favor and research brucellosis.
If you think you can just put two dogs together and let nature take over
~ you need to think again.
- It's a bit more complicated than that.
- Have you ever seen a male that had a huge portion of his face destroyed
by a female who was not ready to be bred?
- I have & it's not a pretty sight.
- Is it worth it for that one time stud fee?
- Do you REALLY want to breed your dog? Good luck.
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