Knitting Labrador: Pros and Cons
The minimum age for a Labrador mating is: for bitches – 2 years, for males – 18 months. Too early mating can lead to a suspension of the development of the dog. Before you knit your dog – think and decide for what you need it. There are many myths and stereotypes about dog mating.
The most common stereotype among ignorant people – mating Labrador for health. Tying a dog is not something that does not bring health – it takes it physically and mentally. This is a well-known fact among specialists. You can only knit a healthy dog. Before this, it is necessary to examine her at the vet, to pass the necessary tests. Even if the dog is all right – not the fact that the birth will be perfect. Check your health before mating does not hurt and dog. Dogs, like humans, can infect each other with sexually transmitted diseases. During the first pregnancy, the dog has hormonal changes in the body. If you decide to knit a dog only once, then you risk dooming the Labrador to health problems in the future. Frequent cases of mammary gland tumor in dogs tied once. There is also a high probability of a false pregnancy in subsequent heat. Of course, there are not knitted dogs, but these are rare cases. Therefore, if you decide to knit Labrador for health, you should know that the dog knits only for the sake of puppies. There is no question of any health.
If you decide to knit a bitch to improve the breed, then you need to know the whole pedigree of the dog. The Labrador should not have any deviations either by nature or by anatomical signs. The dog should also receive a divorce mark at an exhibit not lower than “very good”. You need to learn from professionals what color with which you can knit, so as not to have “defective” puppies. Famous breeders who spend years studying genetics, improve their breed – bad litter can be born, and unprofessional people are unlikely to have high-quality puppies.
So, you still decided to knit a dog, did a business, it remains to wait for puppies. During the pregnancy of a Labrador, long, peaceful walks are necessary so that the dog will have easier delivery. Proper feeding, vitamins. It often happens that after the first birth the dog completely lacks the maternal instinct. At best, she simply ignores her offspring. At worst – crushes, eats. It also happens that the Labrador bitch refuses to feed her puppies. Think carefully, if you can feed a pack of squeaking channets every 2 hours? There are cases when puppies are born so weak that they die immediately. To this it is necessary to have iron nerves.
The first weeks of life it is very important to take care of the puppies correctly, so that they gradually adapt and socialize in the human society, a good mind should be formed. The dog should not be left alone during whelping, it may need help at any time. Agree in advance with the veterinarian that you can call him at any time, if necessary. In the first 2 weeks, you can leave the house for a maximum of 2 hours. So, arrange a vacation in advance at your own expense. Get ready for the fact that Labrador puppies are usually riotous and they will start eating your apartment. Sneakers, heels, arms, legs, they will gnaw furniture, turn over the trash can and a lot of other things. You will constantly get stuck in kaki and puddles, you need to wipe the puppies several times a day so that they are clean. If you are ready to sleep 2 hours a day, and the rest of the time take care of the puppies, if you are not afraid of all this, then you can try it!
It is very hard to care for a bunch of puppies, but it is even harder to attach them. Labrador puppies grow very quickly, it happens that half a year they stay up in the “visiting nurse”. It is necessary to invest not only in litter, in exhibitions, but also in advertising. We must be prepared for the fact that selling puppies – your responsibility for them does not end there. You will be asked questions on feeding and education, on training, sores.
And of course, do not expect to get a lot of money from puppies. This is a common myth. If there will be a profit from the sale of Labrador puppies, it is not so big. To get at least some income – you need to invest enough money in the cultivation, veterinary services, high-quality food and advertising. Only a caesarean section (in which case) can turn your labrador’s droppings into gold.