Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
My breeder breeds one litter a year. But I don't know what is best practice. Hopefully some of the breeders will chip in here and tell us?
I think a lot depends on your definition of "best". Best for the dog, or best for the breeder's pocketbook?
You would be hard-pressed to find a breeder here who only breeds one litter a year. (Carol excepted, but Carol doesn't breed doodles.)
Those are good points. I agree all of those factors are really important considerations too.
But as I understand it, women are supposed to wait at least 1 year between pregnancies, because their bodies need to fully recover, otherwise, they could experience difficulties.... So I'm wondering if the same principal applies to dogs.
Our breeder only lets the females have three litters total, Then she has them fixed. All of her dogs either live with her or live in a guardian home. After they have three litters, they are spayed and they get to stay in their guardian home or they become the breeders own personal dogs.
The males I see have been bred numerous times over and over, but I don't think that is harmful since all they are doing is something fun...
I actually was disappointed that she only let them breed three times, I would have loved a full sibling for Jack.
I know my breeder at least skips at least one heat in between allowing them to get pregnant, maybe more and max is three times.
Actually, a lot of the males are not having all that much fun. Many owners don't realize that a lot of breedings are done through AI... artifical insemination. This is especially true when there is a large size disparity, as in F1 mini-doodles. In real life, it would be extremely difficult for a 12 lb. poodle to mate with a full-size Golden Retriever or Labrador mom, which is the parentage you often see in the first generation minis.
(I know this doesn't apply to your comment, Jennifer, but while we're on the subject...)
I'm no expert, but it seems to me that if a breeding couldn't or wouldn't occur naturally, it's probably not a good idea for it to occur artificially, either. This is not the proper way to "downsize" a breed, and I also think it leads to some orthopedic problems. These comments probably belong in the other discussion about breeding health problems into doodles, but there are instances where both parent dogs' hips were tested and found to be fine, but the offspring had HD and other problems. In my mind, this could be the result of combining genes from two dogs of such extremely different sizes that maybe they shouldn't have been combined in the first place.