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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-18-2007, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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How many litters?

OK. It seems this has come up before and I think it would be great info for people looking for their new Hav. How many litters do breeders (good breeders) usually have a year? If they have a lot of litters should it send up a red flag? I know most of you have multiple dogs, so would the same bitch only be breed once a year?

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Good Question . I am curious also ..
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I don't know how many litters would be the threshold for being too many. A lot of breeders work at a regular job and also breed Havanese. Some breeders breed multiple breeds of dogs including Havanese.

For Pam the dogs are a full time job +++++. I also help a bit. We have 6 (after recently retiring a couple) breeding females and have 4 or 5 litters a year on average.

Some experts recommend to breed a female every time she comes in heat. We have never done this and never will. Ours are retired from breeding well before they are run into the ground. When our dogs are retired from breeding they are spayed or neutered.

It's a complicated question.

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When I was looking I was told to make sure that the breeding dam was only having 1 litter per year and a 5 litter maximum.. This is what a bunch of people told me who work with dogs and such..so it was something I took into consideration highly..

If you think about it though, if you were a dog..how healthy would you feel if you had 5 litters at appx 5 pups each? Personally I'd be exhausted.
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I completely agree with Tom - it's a complicated question. I don't think you can put a number on a breeder as making them good or bad. If they had two litters a year, and bred that number every year and only had one breeding bitch, then that is probably too much (in my opinion). If they have 10 breeding bitches and only have five litters a year on a regular basis, that isn't much at all.

There are many variables involved.
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Females typically come into heat anywhere from 6 to 11 months apart, so 2 litters per dog per year is not quite possible.
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Right. I was giving examples of extremes.

By the way, this is hardly related to the topic, but I have a bitch that comes into season about every 9-10 months and I believe her littermate is every six months like clockwork. I knew a Rottie breeder who said that the whole breed is fairly consistent about having six month cycles. If that is true, that is amazing to be that consistent.
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I THINK IT DEPENDS ON HOW MANY BITCHES A BREEDERS HAS.
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Thanks for your comments. I guess it goes back to the fact that it is very important to try to visit the breeder in person to get an idea of how they care for their dogs. Research, Research, Research and make sure they do the required health testing.

Thanks again.

P.S. Just out of curiosity, when you talk about retiring a female from breeding, what aprox age would that be?
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P.S. Just out of curiosity, when you talk about retiring a female from breeding, what aprox age would that be?
Rita, again, I think this question can have a lot of variables, but the Havanese Club of America has a standard for its members in the Code of Ethics that they not breed a bitch after she is eight years old. That seems pretty old to me for breeding, but I don't have any that old.
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