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Question about litters?

Is it common for a reputable breeder to have a dam produce more than one litter in a year? I thought it was fairly uncommon, that good breeders usually limit their girls to one litter every year. I just noticed on a breeder's website that one of their girls is having her second litter in less than 8 months. Can't help but make me feel uncomfortable....

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It isn't common, but I don't think there is wrong with it if the bitch is healthy and has a pass from her repro vet (not just a regular veterinarian). It would also depend on the size of the last litter and how well she fared during the raising of them.

I don't know enough about this to know if I am explaining it correctly, but my reproductive vet gets a little nervous about keeping a bitch in tact and letting her have a cycle without breeding because pyo can set in. She is big on recommending having any bitches spayed that are not having litters, unless you plan to breed them later and her last litter was difficult somehow.
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I am a breeder that would choose to skip a heat rather than breed back-to-back.... but I also have done back to back breedings.
Like Kimberly said, it really depends on how the momma did with her last litter etc. There is no true 'right or wrong'-


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I agree with what Kimberly said. I also want to add that it depends on how often a bitch comes into season. I personally don't believe it is healthy for a bitch to have back-to-back-to-back breedings. Meaning a litter every 6 months in 18 months. Back to back is ok, again, like Kimberly said, depends on a lot. I have a bitch that has large litters and since she is such a great mom, it does take a lot out of her, so even though she comes into heat every 6 months, I won't breed her back to back. I had another bitch that came into heat every 10 months and had no more then 4 puppies in a litter, so doing a back to back was ok with her.
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Thanks for the replies, ladies. I was a little concerned. I guess it may be different with big dogs, since I grew up with dobes and our bitch was never bred more than once a year, but like Kathy mentioned, she only came into heat about every 10 months.


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