I am thinking about mating my Bernese Mountain Dog. Should I mate with a Bernese or a Great Pyrenees?
By ldoyle8605 from IL
In my opinion, I think that you shouldn't mate at all. Keep in mind that if you mate, that you will have to sell or give all the puppies that you don't want away. And with the economy as bad as it is, most people won't buy. Many shelters are full now because people can't take care of their animals, just keep that in mind. (07/28/2009)
So true. My husband & I breed pedigree GSD's and GR's but we also do private rescue work (on a very minor scale), usually about 12 - 18 dogs a year. By the end of June this year we had re homed more than 24 dogs and still had 5 in our kennels looking for homes! If you must breed your dog never, never crossbreed. Contrary to popular belief it is NOT good for your dog to have puppies. Do you know how many things can go wrong?
Oh and by the way, we have also suspended our breeding program. Love your dog for what she is - your friend and companion. (07/28/2009)
I wish that the government would step in and make it against the law (with a huge fine and long prison sentence) for anyone to breed animals without a license. And that license should be next to impossible to get. Potential breeders should have to prove their intent to breed to better the breed and not just for the sake of getting some "cute little puppies to make some cash off of". And cross breeding should carry an even higher penalty. (07/28/2009)
Many people still believe that old tale that a female should have one litter of pups. Not only is that actually detrimental to her health (she has a much higher risk of mammary cancer if she has pups), but it lessens the chance of a rescue dog being adopted. Another homeless dog will be euthanized instead; there are simply more dogs and cats in the world than there are homes. Why bring unwanted animals into the world deliberately? Please spay your dog instead.
Oh, and on the subject of thriftiness, check out vet costs in order to responsibly breed. It is not a money-making enterprise! One sick pup at the vet's for two days just cost our rescue $1000. Then there are health checks, vaccinations, etc.
Sincerely, Janet, an animal-rescue volunteer (07/29/2009)
Think about it first; the great Pyrenees is a giant breed. The Bernese is cute and large, many similarities between the two, however, have you thought of the health risks? The Bernese dog and Great Pyr have similar health issues, osteosarcoma being one. Separately these are healthy dogs, as someone said, what about the puppies? They need to know about the breeds, and will see these cute little dogs, you think temperamentally sweet, but in cross breeding you never are sure. Please reconsider and stay with breeding the Bernese with the Bernese, if you have ever been to a shelter and seen a great pyr, you will know why..or any canine for that matter. (07/29/2009)
By Anne Winston
Please take the advice of those that have cared enough to respond back to you and don't breed your dog, or before you do just go to your local animal shelter and walk through and then ask them when they will put to sleep the animals. It is heart breaking to see. Our local animal shelter puts them down once a week. The animals never really have a chance once they go in. Please be responsible and just think about it before you do it. (07/29/2009)
I think it would be better to keep them pure bred. Hybrids are in a way mutts. They are also more valuable pure bred. Pure bred dogs are much less likely to end up in a shelter, their monetary value often saves their lives. (07/29/2009)
By Lily May
I am a huge animal lover and a foster mom for a local shelter, and I absolutely adore both BMDs & GPs, but please do not breed your dog for any reason! Any pup you create is like putting another to death. There are far too many wonderful animals put down every day in the country, just because there are not enough good homes. I know for a fact, that one county in my state of FL, euthanized over 130,000 (YES, you read that right), in a 10 year period. Multiply that times 67 the # of counties in our state, then by 50 for entire country. We have got to figure out a better way to take care of God's creatures, and it starts w/spaying and neutering all pets. =^.^= KeGoS!yo (07/29/2009)
Please don't breed your dog. Even if you find good homes for all of the puppies, that means that those homes will not be available for dogs who may be put to death without them. (07/29/2009)
If you love Bernese Mountain Dogs please please do not breed your female. I know the lure of seeing the adorable puppies is strong. Before you decide to breed look online at your breed rescue groups. Most have heart breaking stories and the dogs are innocent victims. Better to become a foster home for your favorite breed. Please be a life saver not a life ender. (07/29/2009)
Don't breed your dog. Shelters are overflowing with every type of dog there is. I work with lots of rescue groups and it is heartbreaking that all these dogs are dying because there are too many being taken to shelters. (07/30/2009)
I agree. Unless you are a breeder, please do not breed your dog. Good breeders breed out health problems and you don't know what you will end up with or someone else who buys the pup will end up with. It's just not fair to the puppies. I have a chihuahua who was rescued from a puppy mill at a very very young age. She has had 2 knee surgeries due to bad breeding. She's not a well dog. (08/07/2009)
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