Read This Before Breeding Your Border Terrier

Read This Before Breeding Your Border Terrier

Dog Breeding, such as a Border Terrier, can be both an exciting and a rewarding adventure, however, becoming a breeder is not a minor undertaking. It is time-consuming, costly, and at times heartbreaking.

To be a responsible breeder of a Border Terrier, you should be able to accommodate the significant impact it will have on you and your family. Your primary breeding goal should always be geared toward preserving and improving the quality of the breed and not just increasing its numbers.

To be an effective breeder, equip yourself with sufficient knowledge of the science of genetics. Everything about your Border Terrier puppies, such as looks, temperament, and health all depends on genes passed on from the previous generations. You should be aware that, generally, dogs are prone to hereditary defects, which can be crippling and fatal.


Responsability of Dog Breeding

Whenever you decide to breed your Border Terrier, consider responsibility for the potential litter to be born as well as the responsibility to the eventual owners of which your dogs will be a part. As a responsible owner, take the time to learn everything about your Border Terrier and know the advantages and disadvantages of ownership.

Be in a position to share the same information with your potential puppy owners. It is also your responsibility to ensure that once the puppies are born, they should go to owners who will be devoted to taking good care of them as well as showing love. Always ensure you carefully screen and evaluate your puppy’s potential owner.

Socialize Your Border Terrier

Dog Breeding And Socialize Your Puppy

A Border Terrier is an energetic dog that is always ready for action. Therefore, they need a particular amount of exercise as well as mental stimulation. They are also known to spend most of their time playing, jumping, and investigating.

To grow your Terrier into a good dog, socialize with your puppies and let them interact with people and other dogs, as this is essential to their development. Any good breeder should consider their ability to provide adequate socialization to their puppies long before planning to breed.

Pick A Suitable Mate For  Dog Breeding

Selecting Mate for Dog Breeding

When selecting the size for your Terrier dam, the rule of thumb is always to choose to mate with animals that complement each other. The dog for your bitch should possess a bloodline that will strengthen her weaknesses and improve her good qualities.

The very important factors you should consider in your selection are health and temperament. Never breed your bitch with a dog with questionable temperament, as this is always considered a hereditary trait in dogs.

Perform Pre-Breeding Health Checks

Register Your Puppies of Border Terrier

To produce the best offspring, it is important to perform pre-breeding checks on both parents. Regular veterinary checks, screening for any genetic problems, and offering her exercises are very important. Another health-related issue of concern is the breeding age of your Terrier bitch.

The heat cycle starts at the age of six to eight months and subsequent seasons occur after about every six months. However, it is advisable to breed her after the third or fourth heat cycle. At this point, the bitch will be mature enough to carry a litter to full term comfortably without any eventual health problem issues arising. It is also not a good idea to breed your bitch on every consecutive heat cycle. This will give her a good time span to recuperate and recover from the previous pregnancy.

Pregnancy And Whelping

The gestation period for your Border Terrier will last for approximately 63 days from the time she has successfully been mated. At this time, your bitch will show signs of an increase in weight, increase in appetite, and her nipple size will increase. You can always seek a veterinarian’s advice and once pregnancy is confirmed, let him guide you on the special feeding requirements for your bitch.

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Whelping refers to the process of your dog giving birth to her young ones. It is a good idea to accustom your pregnant bitch to a whelping box long before she whelps. If you don’t do this early enough, your bitch may choose your closet or any other inappropriate place for whelping. Make your whelping box dry, warm, quiet, and daft-free. It should also be located in an environment away from other dogs as much as possible.

Whelping Signs

Just before the whelping occurs, your bitch’s body temperature will drop slightly. To about 99o from the usual normal temperature of about 100o-102.5o. Approximately after 24 hours, she enters her first stage of labor. Where at this time, she will appear restless and show signs of panting and strain. After that delivery, the stage follows, where each puppy emerges with its own placental membrane. The bitch, by instinct, tears off the membrane to free the puppy and to let it breathe.

Post-Whelping Care

After your bitch has successfully undergone the whelping period, ensure you take good care of her. Often at times, some bitches may experience small appetite tendencies, but this should not be a cause to worry about. The bitch will gradually regain her appetite in three weeks from the time of whelping. Note that she will need two to three times more food than her regular ration.

The young puppies will also need your care to ensure that they are in a warm environment. Because, at this point, they cannot control their body temperatures. A cold environment is stressful to your litter and may pose a health hazard to them. Suppose your puppies become orphaned because their mother either being unable to feed them or rejects them. Then you should hand-feed them. Cow milk is a substitute for bitch’s milk since it contains all desired nutrients necessary for your puppies’ growth.

Register Your Puppies

Register Your Puppies of Border Terrier

Another step to take as a responsible breeder is registering your puppies with a kennel club in your country. Registration will help provide a place in the history of your breeding program. You need to present buyers of your puppies with a registration application at the time of selling the puppy.

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