My blog has moved!

You should be automatically redirected in 6 seconds. If not, visit
and update your bookmarks.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Breeding Advice

I have a query with respect to not breeding your lab .
Incase u decide not to breed your lab, then do you think spaying is the best option.
Does spaying affect the behaviour of the lab
Having your dog fixed can definitely alter the behavior of the animal. Some have seen their male dogs become more submissive and less aggressive. Some have seen their female pups become more laid back and easier to control. In truth, it varies due to the level of hormones within the body of the dog and when it is spayed or neutered. The general rule is to not alter your pup before 6 months of age as you do not want to hinder the growth hormone and the pup's growth development. However, when having your female dog spayed, you will want to find a veterinarian that does a complete removal of all the reproductive organs in the dog. Why? Well, the reproductive organs can sometimes cause illness or disease within the dog and cause it to have a short lifespan.

Both Dakota and Cheyenne were spayed shortly after they were 6 months old. Although Dakota had the perfect form and temperament to be a perfect breeding Lab, we did not want to risk her health just to breed her. In the end, we made a great choice because Dakota was diagnosed with hip dysplasia just short of 2 years old. Therefore, there was no question in our minds to have Cheyenne spayed as well since they are both from the same parents and therefore Cheyenne has a good chance of developing hip dysplasia as well, if not passing it onto her pups.

Owners should only breed their Labrador Retrievers in order to better the line of the breed. They should never breed just to get another pup like their own (that seldom happens) and they should never breed solely for profit as that is what is known as a "backyard breeder". Lastly, if an owner chooses to breed their Lab, they should become an expert on the subject before attempting it. We recommend contacting the AKC or CKC organizations for literature on the subject as well as contacting local reputable breeders to apprentice.



Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home