So you want to breed your bitch. 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 will keep just this one) go off to special homes to live our their
lives as cherished companions.
But have you given consideration to what if something goes wrong? I have
listed here a few of the problems that I myself have personal knowledge
of. Everything listed has happened either to me or to someone I know. These
are not isolated incidents. I'm sure other breeders could add miles to my
What if during the breeding...
1) The stud dog you have chosen is carrying a venereal disease and gives
it to your bitch. She not only doesn't conceive but you have to pay the
vet bills to get her infection cleared up.
2) The stud dog you decide to breed your darling to is not experienced.
Once the two dogs are joined tightly in a tie, he decides to chase the neighbors
cat out of his yard. He bolts for the cat ripping his penis loose and causing
your bitch to hemorrhage from within.
3) Your modest girl decides she doesn't want the attentions of this gigolo
mutt chosen for her without her consent. She snaps at him catching her tooth
on his loose cheek and rips it open sending blood flying everywhere. He
retaliates by sinking his teeth into her left eye.
4) You leave your dog with the stud owner because the breeding is not
going very swiftly. In fact, it's been three hours and nothing is happening.
The stud owners leave the two dogs alone in the back yard. The dogs get
out through a tiny hole in the fence and your dog is hit by a truck.
What if during birth...
1) The puppies are too large for your bitch's hips. She never goes into
labor, the puppies die and she becomes infected by the decaying bodies.
2) The puppies are coming breach and they drown in their sacks before
they can be born.
3) The first puppy is large and breach. When it starts coming your bitch
starts screaming, and before you can stop her she reaches around, grabs
the puppy in her teeth and yanks it out killing it instantly.
4) A puppy gets stuck. Neither your bitch 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 caesarean section-of course it is 3:00 am on Christmas
5) A puppy is coming out breach and dry (the water sack that protects
them has burst). It gets stuck. Mama tries to help it out by clamping her
teeth over one of the back legs. The head and shoulders are firmly caught.
Mama pulls on the leg, hard, peeling the flesh from the leg and leaving
a wiggling stump of bone.
6) A dead puppy gets stuck in the birth canal, but your bitch is well
into hard labor. She contracts so hard trying to give birth that her uterus
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
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) Or, she pulls on the cords so hard she disembowels the puppies as
they are born and you have a box full of tiny, kicking babies with a tangle
of guts the size of a walnut hanging from their stomachs. Of course all
the babies must be put to sleep.
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.
2) The mother's 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
3) The puppies develop fading puppy syndrome 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
4) Your bitch develops mastitis and her breast ruptures.
5) Your bitch 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 succumbs a day later.
6) All the puppies are fine but following the birth your bitch develops
a hormone imbalance. She becomes a fear biter and anytime anyone tries to
pick her up she viciously attacks them.
7) Mom and pups seem to be fine, the puppies are four weeks old and are
at their cutest. But one day one of the puppies disappears. You search everywhere
but you can't find it. A few days later another puppy is gone. And another.
You can't figure how on earth the puppies are getting out of their safe
4' x 4' puppy pen. Finally there is only one puppy left. The next morning
you find the mother chomping contentedly on what is left of the last murdered
What if the new homes aren't 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 more puppies.
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. You call the pound. They tell you puppy was
euthanized two days ago.
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 return 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 medical costs.
They win, because as breeder you are responsible for the puppies genetic
5) You give a puppy to your mother. She is thrilled. Two years later
the puppy starts developing problems. It begins to develop odd symptoms
and is suffering. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of tests later
it is finally discovered that the dog is suffering from a terminal condition
that was inherited, possibly from your bitch since you know nothing about
her family lines.
So you gotta ask yourself: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, "breeder