01-19-2011, 12:28 AM
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It sounds like Sally could use a spay.... Poor girl must be exhausted.
Most decent breeders rarely take even four litters from a bitch; it's not uncommon to see three, and trust me, those three should be carefully chosen. With breeding dogs the goal should be quality, not quantity.... With very serious breeding, extensive research is done on finding the right match, and some breeders are so selective that they may find only ONE stud that they think will suit the bitch the best, with only one or two litters from the pair.
Personally, if I see a dog that has been bred on back-to-back heat cycles for four+ times with the same stud, I'm thinking BYBers looking for $$.
On the note of frequency of breeding, yes it is physically demanding on a bitch to have pups, and I am generally of the mindset that a cycle or two is optimum for recovery. I see no problem, though, with doing two breedings back to back and then spaying; a dog in good health should be able to recover in the months between pregs. However, as far as some reproductive/mammary tract cancers go, I know some breeders are proponents of getting the breedings done earlier, back-to-back, then spaying, so the estrogen cycle isn't so dragged out over the lifespan. The detraction, of course, is that this gives one less time to evaluate health-wise and in competitions the quality of the bitch before breeding. (And perhaps this gives some of the not-so-ethical breeders an excuse to breed, breed, breed earlier, then dump them when no longer useful.)