So you’re thinking about having a litter? Nothing frustrates me more than those who don’t seem to take this decision seriously. A careless attitude to breeding a litter is not only reckless and harmful to the Tibetan Mastiff breed in particular, but also to the overall pet overpopulation problem.
Breeding a litter must never be done for the purpose of making money, allowing your children to see the miracle of birth, or because you believe you need another dog “just like ours.”
Breed A Mastiff Litter?
There is no assurance that you will produce a dog with the same appearance and personality as your current dog, especially if you are unfamiliar with pedigrees and genetics. Responsible, ethical breeding isn’t only costly but also time-consuming and difficult. DO NOT BREED if you aren’t going to be responsible and ethical.
Find An Experienced Breeder
Please think about the facts stated below before making such a critical decision. If you still want to try breeding, try finding a seasoned and competent breeder to mentor you, and it will also assist if you truly listen to the information you are given.
Opinions About Breeding A Tibetan Mastiff Puppy
- Puppies must be engaged, cuddled, loved, spoken to, and played with on a regular basis.
- More than 5 minutes of your entire attention is required for puppies.
- We also spend a lot of time teaching and comforting the customer who had to give up their out-of-control pet.
- It can be very expensive.
- It isn’t always simple, and it isn’t always profitable.
- Puppies raised as an “Afterthought” for a little more cash in basements, garages, and barns can develop life-long issues as a result.
- What we do as breeders has a significant impact on the temperament and trainability of the puppy throughout its life.
- Do you have the space, time, patience, and financial resources?
- We are often fostering and rehoming that pet. Honestly, I’m tired of cleaning up the messes of some other “breeders.”
- It is the REAL breeder that spends countless hours protecting the breed we adore when they encounter a hyper or ill-tempered purebred.
- I don’t want one of my customers to become the next reckless breeder selling puppies on Classifieds, and I especially don’t want one of my pups to be the mother of the litter featured in that ad.
- The “breeder” who sold the pup through the classifieds has changed their mobile number or is no longer able to assist the buyer since “They Are Not Really Breeders” & “This Was Just A One-Time Thing.” It isn’t that I wouldn’t want to help others; it’s just that there aren’t a lot of hours in a day.
- You must not breed even one litter unless you are willing to take back every puppy you create for any reason, at any moment.
- While you may wish to have “only one litter” because your dog is adored by all of your friends and relatives… An emergency vet visit can put you in the red if you want a puppy “exactly like her.”
- When the puppy becomes available, those same friends and relatives typically find an excuse not to want it.
- You will be in a panic and desperate when you have pups to place at the age of seven weeks. If you aren’t prepared, dealing with ten 7-week-old puppies can be tough.
- If this is your first litter, believe me when I say you will be unprepared.
- I’m sorry for being so frank, but there’s no other way to make my point. I recently received a phone call from someone who wanted to know if their dog was pregnant.
- Females who are whelping can get eclampsia and die as a result of it. Are you aware of how to avoid it? Are you aware of the signs and symptoms?
- Puppies can be DEAD when they are born.
- Puppies die when they become caught in the birth canal.
- It usually happens on a Sunday or late at night. C-sections in an emergency are not cheap.
- What do you tell your kids if you don’t have any puppies when you get home?
- Worse yet, what if Mary returns to them as ashes in a cremation box?
- Whelping mothers can gnaw a puppy’s cord too short, causing the puppy to bleed to death in front of your eyes.
- It’s not uncommon for puppies to be born with their insides on the outside.
- While biting the cord/stimulating the puppy, whelping moms have been known to bite off a paw.
- Puppies can be fully healthy when they are born and then develop “Fading Puppy Syndrome” without any apparent cause.
- Cleft palates, roundworms, upper respiratory infections, poisonous milk, coccidia, parvo, giardia, distemper…the list goes on…Some moms do not produce milk. Some mothers produce sour milk.
- Are you willing to bottle-feed 10 puppies every several hours until they are able to sip formula from a dish? Are you familiar with tube feeding small children who are unable to eat themselves?
- Some puppies suffer colic, and you have to keep them warm, rub their tummies, and walk the floor all day and night praying for sleep while hearing them cry in pain.
- What happens to the puppies who don’t make it through the winter in a frigid climate? Are you willing to spend 20 minutes working on a puppy that seems to be dead in order to see if you can save it? Are you emotionally capable of dealing with it if you can’t preserve it?
- Do you know what it smells like after a baby is born? What about moms who choose to keep their puppies or placentas?
- Because you didn’t know what indicators to look for or how to give an oxytocin shot, they could get a serious infection & die on the operating table.
- What will you do if a puppy comes out of the sack feet first, locked in the birth canal, and that the only way to get him out would be to break his bones?
- It isn’t always the warm and cuddly feeling you expect.
- I’ve only described a few of the less visual aspects. It’s a little trickier than that.
- How about studding out my male? Do yourself and your dog a favor and look into brucellosis. You should reconsider putting two dogs together and letting nature take its course.
- Have you ever seen a man with a large chunk of his face ripped off by a female who wasn’t ready to mate?
- I’ve seen it, and it’s not pretty.
- Is the one-time stud fee worthwhile?
- Is it truly your intention to breed your dog? Best of luck.