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Old 01-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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So what do you feel the appropriate age for a female to breed? I have an 8 month old male and I would like to breed. Im gettin a female pup in a week or two. But at what age would be appropriate to breed her? I feel second heat cycle but not sure if bassets are mature enough. When I do breed its just goin to be for friends that have been askin for pups from my male since i got him. But im just tring to find out what age female would be ideal.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Minimum two years of age. I have two girls that are about to turn one, they are still obviously immature compared to the adults here, both mentally and physically. This IS a slow maturing breed.
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So is the main concern health of puppies do to the females inmaturity? Or the females ability to take cate of the pups?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Also the health of the female herself. It would be like a young girl having a baby - possible but not a good idea. What's the rush? Why not let the dog finish growing up?
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Im not rushing a thing. I was just tring to figure appropriate age is all.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
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You know what I said when people I knew asked me if I was going to have puppies with my female basset. "I can give you the name of where I got my pup" then when I got her sister from the next litter I said the same thing.

Sorry to sound like a .... well you know what, I just had my cousin ask me if I knew of any one with a female Dachshund they might want to breed. I said oh you want another........ no he say's I just think it is about time these dogs pay for them selves :0 what the ----.

I give up.

Just make sure your dogs are of quality please, pretty please with sugar on top. And your many friends are GOOD dog owners.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:52 AM   #17 (permalink)
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FWIW and I just spotted this thread, I believe that a Basset bitch should have 3 seasons before being bred, or be over 2. On the other hand, I don't believe in taking a first litter from a Basset of older than 4 years. And for sure, if you happen to have to have a Section, that's it. If you breed from a young bitch, it's not just about immaturity, but more to do with her giving her all to her litter, maybe at the risk of her own development.

As for males, yes, many breeders do tend to like to use a young dog of around a year, on one of their own suitable bitches, usually a kind experienced one for his first time () not only to see what he can throw, but to give him the experience. After that you'd concentrate on his show career putting him away until he's at least 18 months, if not older. However, some Bassets can help themselves (we had one who mated his first bitch when he was barely over 8 months - it was planned, but on her next season!) although I'd suggest that most need some assistance. I'd never allow mine to be used at stud outside my kennel (and even then only to 'approved bitches') until they had been proven on one of my own - or at least on a bitch with compatible bloodlines owned by friends!

We only bred for our next generation and in truth, I wish I could have kept ALL the puppies (impractical !) - selling them was the worst part of breeding, for me! And for sure, if possible, I tried to get a Championship on all my Bassets, much as coming back to the UK, that was far harder than it was in Canada.
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that because it is a revived thread over 5 year old!
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Well since this ancient thread is already up here, I have a question I've been wondering about regarding breeding age. Is there an approximate age at which a male should be retired from being used for breeding? If, for example, a 10 or 11-year-old male sired a litter, would there be some kind of increased risk of health issues/defects with the puppies, or no?
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Not as far as I can tell. As long as the male is healthy, there is no reason not to breed him. One of my litters was sired by an 11 year old dog.
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