Breeding Information and Breeding Methods
To Breed or Not To Breed?
Only those who have become a responsible accredited registered breeder/s through their local state dog organisation need consider or contemplate breeding their dogs within their kennel and amongst other reputable registered breeders.
Deciding to breed should not be taken lightly nor should it be decided without careful consideration of the pros and cons. Breeding is NOT a quick way to make a 'quick buck'.
Breeding is costly and does not always have puppy tail endings. There are things that can and do go wrong during and after the breeding process. You need to do your research well in advance and talk with a reputable breeder where possible and ask them about their hands on, personal experiences with both the good and the bad. A good breeder will offer advice and give an insight with all things to do with breeding and will not sugar coat the possible downside and not so pleasent situations of the process.
Breeding is extremely time consuming and expensive endeavour to embark on. Properly caring for breeding dogs, the pregnancy, the delivery/whelping, care of puppies, care of the nursing mother, finding good homes for the puppies etc, ect and then some more are just a few things you need to become knowledgeable about, pre experienced and ready for - to take on the full reponsibility of breeding your dogs.
Careful consideration and monitoring of a bitch should be taken around the time of her first expected heat cycle (also known as 'season') and every other heat cycle thereafter while ever she is not desexed and you do not wish to breed her.
The first heat cycle generally occurs between the age of 6 and 12 moths and then will occur roughly every 6 months thereafter. On average a heat cycle will last for 21 days and a bitch on heat will need to be seperated from a male during her full heat cycle.
On average a male dog becomes fertile after 6 months of age and reaches his full sexual maturity by 12 to 15 months of age. A male can be used as a stud from the begining of his maturity.
With that said, it has been deemed acceptable that a female Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be bred by the age of 12 months. However, I personally believe that a bitch should not be breed until she is between the age of 18 months and 2 years to allow time to see how she matures both physically and mentally and allow her structure to have full opportunity to develop herself before carrying and whelping puppies.
It is essential for a bitch to attain her full adult size before being bred. If bred to early, she will put her energy into feeding the unborn/newborn puppies instead of into finishing her growth. A full health check by a certified veterinarian should be taken out before any breeding occurs, along with all up to date vaccinations prior to breeding to ensure optimal health for both herself and potential offspring.
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