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Old 10-25-2011, 04:43 AM
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My St Bernard is having puppies

Hi everyone, i am new to the forum and have some advice.

I have 2 St Bernards and they are great, loving dogs and i wouldn't change them for the world. One of them will be having a litter soon but i am worried about being able to home them. They are pedigree bitches, but i worry about the demand for people wanting large breed dogs.

St Bernards are wonderful family pets, but with their size and grooming needs and food i wonder if people will be interested in the puppies. I always hear people saying 'aahhhh chocolate labrador, how cute, i want one'.

I guess i am just wondering if there are people out there who love St Bernards as much as i do. My deepest fear is being left with 6-12 puppies. It would be great but i'm not sure my wallet would agree
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:35 AM
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Large Breed dogs are my favorite.


Hindsight: Probably should have made sure there were homes for the pups before allowing breeding. Most breeders tend to have homes already lined up and have deposits set for the pups.
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Maybe you should have considered that worry BEFORE you had your bitch mated.
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I didn't have her mates as a breeder, that would be silly to then worry after. My family all have St Bernards and this is an accidental litter. I was planning in the future to mate her but after some thorough research
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Do you know what breed she mated with?
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this is why so many dogs are in shelters. irresponsible breedings taking place. sorry but its the truth
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My deepest fear is being left with 6-12 puppies. It would be great but i'm not sure my wallet would agree
My deepest fear is that you'd abandon them at a shelter because your "wallet wouldn't agree" :P

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My family all have St Bernards and this is an accidental litter
And this is why it is so important to have pets fixed.

No reputable breeder would ever allow an accidental litter..

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I was planning in the future to mate her but after some thorough research
There was never any reason to mate your dog unless you are an actual legitimate reputable breeder, rather than just someone who wants to mate their dog after "some research".

Did your dogs even come from good, reputable breeders to begin with? Who did proper testing on the parents of your dogs before breeding the lines? Do you have a long history of the lineage for each dog and all necessary information available to you to see that the breeder did in fact breed quality dogs? Are you in turn prepared to do all the necessary tests on your dogs to ensure they are of breeding quality to begin with? When you sell or adopt the puppies out, are you prepared to take each and every single one of them back into your fold if it doesn't work out for the adopters?

It's not just about research.. being a breeder isn't some fun, cute hobby, but a lifestyle and lifetime of dedication to your dog lines. And it is very hard on your wallet even when you aren't keeping the dogs, even after years of established breeding a reputable breeder will probably tell you that.

As for your wallet... Your wallet is going to be hard-hit regardless. Vaccinating and vet-checking all those pups is going to be one heck of a cost when they come along and you can't just send them out into the world unvaccinated/checked (I'd like to hope no one would purchase a puppy that didn't have it's basic vaccs and checks).

And as you said, these are very large dogs and you are worried about people's demand for them. Well after they adopt the dog and it starts growing to full size, those dogs could potentially end up in shelters (though they should be returned to you) due to people's short-sightedness in purchasing dogs without the proper research based on their own lifestyles and living situations...

Accidental litters and Back Yard Breeding supports dogs headed to shelters and dogs that may eventually be euthanized. All litters should be planned, all puppies should have homes preferably far before they are ever born... argh.

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Please spay and/or neuter your dogs, and have your family do the same.
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Yay. Puppies

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You probably want some support during the pregnancy and beyond. No point in dwelling what should have been.

What have you done to prepare for their arrivals?
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Start advertising and looking for suitable families now... get a bunch of folks interested, so you can screen for good homes.
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