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how many times can a pug bitch safely breed

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any akc rules? how about a sire? any akc rules?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lori replied 9 years ago.

Ideally, you should not breed your bitch more than once a year to give her time to physically and emotionally recover from a litter. Breeding a female more than 3 or 4 times is putting excessive stress on her uterus and most breeders plan on keeping an excellent female puppy from a litter in order to retire the mother. With breeding, the whole idea is to improve on the litters you are breeding, and by keeping a better female than the mother, you can safely retire her once her daughter is old enough to reproduce herself. By doing this, you still have a relatively young female that has not been overbred and worn out by spending her entire life nursing and delivering puppies. She will have provided her breeder with some nice litters and can retire to be a full time companion rather than a working bitch. Her daughter can then pick up where she has left off. There are no AKC rules that determine how many litters and how often you can breed any dog; however, that is a decision the breeder makes on their own.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Lori's Post: are there any akc rules about breeding for either a sire or a bitch?
Expert:  Lori replied 9 years ago.
No. AKC will not tell you how many times to breed your animals; however, they WILL sometimes question paperwork that is submitted for females that have an inordinate number of litters close together. Male dogs can breed for many years successfully and without affecting their health. The only thing you may run into is a lower litter count as the male ages. Males can be bred longer because they continuously produce new, healthy sperm throughout their lifetimes. Females are born with a certain number of eggs and as the bitch ages, the eggs do too. You tend to see more congenital problems in older bitch's litters than in younger girls, possibly due to the degradation of the eggs, although that theory has not been proven.
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