What does EVERYONE think is the accepted number of litters a bitch should have? I know what my rule was and I broke it once. But what do breeders and lay people think in terms of acceptable litter numbers?
I agree with this. I have one girl who whelps easily, loves her babies, and recovers quickly. I have bred her back-to-back and she will be having her final litter this year. My other girl had one litter, had to have a c-section, did not like caring for her babies, and took many months to recover. She was spayed, which was a tough decision since she was my first homebred Champion and produced beautifully... but I could not ask her to go through that again.I don't believe it's a one size fits all kind of question. With some girls it's one and done. With others more is possible. You have to evaluate the females' overall condition and health prior to breeding. Some girls are through at an early age yet select others are still producing strong healthy litters at age ten.
Do breeders ever worry about selecting for poor whelpers by doing c-sections? It sounds like it is becoming norm for some to just op for a c-section in a healthy dog to prevent loss of pups.But I see breeders with bitches that have multiple c-sections (3 or more) and for some it is their standard.
I do. One of my girls had 3 litters, which required 3 surgical inseminations (she had uterine cysts), and 3 csections. This was years ago, but her daughter also required a csection. She only had one litter, I will be breeding the daughter from that litter next year -- hoping for an easy whelper! I certainly take that into consideration when picking stud dogs...Do breeders ever worry about selecting for poor whelpers by doing c-sections? It sounds like it is becoming norm for some to just op for a c-section in a healthy dog to prevent loss of pups.