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Question by Terea
Submitted on 12/13/2003
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How old should a female Bernese Mountain Dog be (or how many heats should she go through) before being bred?

Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 1/5/2004
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You're supposed to wait until either the second heat or two years old. Larger dogs though often are stronger than small dogs and may be able to handle being pregnant young better. It's your choice. My Siberian Husky had a litter on her first heat with an inexperienced male and the pups were fine.


Answer by mishon
Submitted on 2/1/2004
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ask the vet. Get a professionals idea instead of these average people. If you take the average peoples advice just know that it is the average people who cause 6-8 MILLION pets to be euthanized in a shelter. They don't know what the hell they are talking about. Get a professionals help and inform yourself. I worry that you have no busniess doing this because you ask such a simple question to average people. Breeding a pet is not a game. Lives are at stake and your beautiful bermese may lose her life over selfishness of wanting to breed her. Check with a vet to see if she is REALLY bloodline quality and if she isn't SPAY HER ASAP! Responsible breeders do it for the betterment of the breed, most purebreds do not fit the qualities of being bred. Know that you will probably lose money doing it if you are responsible and take care of the prenatal vet exams and test before she is pregnant. If you spay her she will live longer, healthier, and happier. What more could she ask for than the love of your heart to help her live happier and healthier. What does it take for you to love her, not for the puppies but for her. I am sure she gives you unconditional love isn't it the least you could do for her? Spay her, please.


Answer by NoFleas
Submitted on 2/7/2004
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Breeding of any dog should be done with preserving the breed and it's standard.  There are many things to know before hand.  Is this particular animal top quality for it's particular breed?  I breed chesapeakes and labradors and compete with them and put a lot of time and effort into making each generation better and healthy.  Hips and eyes have to be checked and certified and certain blood tests should be done.  There are different DNA tests for specific breeds to guarantee there are no genetic faults that will be passed on.  Just because a dog is AKC registered doesn't mean it's breeding quality.  It should have qualities that make it better than the average dog to pass on...i.e.  trainability, temperament, the characteristics of what that breed requires.  Hopefully you have done something with this animal and have some titles on it, whether show, agility, field, obedience, something to make it stand apart from the pet dog.  There are easy places to read and earn or ask a knowledgeable breeder to help or even to evaluate your dog for you.  If I have a litter of 8 puppies, almost all go with what is called a "limited registration" which means they are for hunting or companions or competition but not for showing and/or breeding.  Only the top couple of puppies are evaluated and picked for that if they are the top quality.  Breeding is not done to "have a litter for the kids" etc.


Answer by so
Submitted on 2/20/2004
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To mishion: I understand there is an overpopulation problem but talking like that isn't going to make people want to spray or neuter their pets any more. They may do the opposite just because they don't want to listen to you and your nagging. Also, what makes you think you are not average? You and I are no better than any body else.


Answer by suki
Submitted on 11/15/2004
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I have 2 shiba inu's 1 Male & 1 Female, I would like to know how old they should be before I bread them.


Answer by suki
Submitted on 11/15/2004
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I have 2 Shebi inu's1 Male & 1 Female, I would like to know how old they should be before I bread them.


Answer by Mark Mohapp
Submitted on 11/3/2005
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A  Bernese Mountain Dog should never be bred before all health clearances are done.  These include hips, elbows, thyroid, eyes, heart, Von willebrands etc.

Berners mature slowly.  The earliest a Berner should be bred is 18 months and only if you have preliminary health clearances, the dog is mature physically and emotionally.  Most professional breeders wait until after age 2.


Answer by lolly
Submitted on 3/23/2006
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i think that you should wait until she has grown to full size, get a male about the same age and keep them together for a while to be almost certain that she is pregnant. Then once you know she is let her rest alot more than ussual, holding maybe 15 puppies is very tiring and stressfull. S give her as much care and love as she can get and make it a happy time in your dogs life


Answer by vb iliveit
Submitted on 7/25/2006
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I'm not sure because i hav never had a dog but we r getting either a bernese mountain dog or a labrador retriever but then i'll kno !!!!


Answer by juliefurry
Submitted on 10/6/2006
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The dog should not be any younger than two years old.  She should have hips, eyes, elbows tested.  There are also various other tests that should be done on berners too because of the rising health problems in the breed.  Also she should be titled in something.  Just because you can breed a dog doesn't mean you should.  Also you won't find any respectable stud that will sire a litter if she isn't titled, doesn't have any health tests, and she is less than two years old.


Answer by hanz
Submitted on 10/29/2006
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i like animals thats why i came on


Answer by bob
Submitted on 2/1/2007
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the first heat


Answer by Lucy
Submitted on 5/24/2007
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I personally disagree with breeding due to the problems puppies inherit, because all pedigrees are originally imbred. Although, if your dog is considered of a high quality, after the vet has given her a thorough examination, you have every right to breed from her as long as you aim to find an appropriate male and will do your best to find suitable homes for each and every puppy. I also encourage you to look at fees for the puppies vaccinations, puppy food etc...there are no great profits.
btw...how lucky are you having a bernese mountain dog! :) x


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