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Litters per year

When I was looking for a golden retriever breeder, I got a little skeptical of breeders who had more than 2 (maybe 3) litters per year.

I'm seeing a lot of Havanese breeders that are having that or more, and I'm wondering if there is usually a threshold to be wary of. I understand Havanese are smaller, and they often have smaller litters, so I understand that I may be comparing apples to oranges, so I thought I'd throw the question out there.

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IF I was a breeder I wouldn't want mine to have more than one a year. each time you are taking a risk.

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I think she is talking about total number of litters per year, rather than by any single female. I think a lot of it depends on if the breeder is full time with the dogs, or is a sideline breeder. I don't know what the maximum number is, but with me working, and Pam full time with the dogs, we would be completely burned out if we had more than we do, which probably averages about three a year. We really enjoy raising the little ones, but it's good to have a break once in a while.

If the dogs are just out back in cages or kennel runs, it has to be a lot less work for the breeder.
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