So you want to breed your pet Lhasa....because she has such
a wonderful disposition and is so beautiful and perfect.
Then you will need to consider a few things like......
Do you have the financial resources for
1. Stud Service
2. prenatal testing to breed at the correct time and to insure that your girl has no health problems she could pass on to her babies or that result in puppies that die before or shortly after birth
3. Pay for a C-section, should that be required
4. put shots in a litter of 1 to 8 puppies
5. registration fees
Depending on your location, total could exceed $1500. Call your Vet and inquire about puppy shots, prenatal care and c-section. Call a local breeder for stud fees.
Do you have the time to commit to this mom-to-be ?.....who may go off her food, have morning sickness and require special home cooking and hand feeding at various stages of her pregnancy? She will need careful and constant supervision during the last week of pregnancy and the first two to three weeks post delivery. She will need to eliminate more frequently and eat smaller meals more often. She may not be able to manage stairs with out a lift and should be discouraged from jumping if she is large. Is there someone willing to drive to the Vet with you (day or night) should an emergency arise during delivery? ........Babies will require handling frequently-monitoring (intake, output and weight gain) and frequent nursery bedding changes, basic bathroom and manners training as they grow, helping Mom wean them to food, and feeding 3 or 4 times daily. They don't eat standard bagged kibble at 4 weeks old and they don't all want to be weaned.
Do you have an appropriate way to confine Mom and later babies?
Mom needs a quiet, warm, secure place to give birth and nurture her new babies. Birthing is not a spectator sport and most girls prefer to have their babies in the middle of the night when the household is quiet. (Have a pot of coffee, the telephone and a good book ready to pass the time while she labours. Someone to relieve you for bathroom breaks is nice. Most breeders are running on pure adrenaline at this point, going over possible problems in their minds and trying to calm the mom-to-be through the stages of labour.) Moms make a mess when birthing and have a discharge for a number of days after. The babies become active, inquisitive little dynamos-teething on anything within reach as they grow, eating frequently and eliminating often.
Have you read up on dog reproduction? Are you prepared for the fact that these are not farm dogs who just live or die in labour in the barn? You have accepted and raised her as part of your family...not a wolf pack...she will need your help. You owe it to your girl to understand the possible problems that can arise in birthing ( and before and after), what you need to do, what equipment you need, and when to call for help. Will your Vet be on 24 hour standby for you? Her life and her puppies' survival could depend on it. Are your children prepared for the fact that giving birth is painful and not every puppy is meant to survive? Do they know that for the first little while she may not welcome their attention? Her first priority will be her babies. In the event of the unexpected are you prepared to bottle feed puppies every 2 to 4 hours for weeks and/or treat a sick mom?
Are you prepared to raise puppies until you have found good homes for all of them? Sometimes with a large litter that could be months.
If all of this seems reasonable to you.....find an experienced breeder in your area willing to shepherd you through the process. Read books on reproduction.Volunteer to help with a litter. Many Veterinarians have never whelped a litter of puppies and he/she is only there to help in an emergency. This is your responsibility. Hard work and commitment ....and worth every minute to those of us prepared for it. The pay off is not financial..
If you just wanted another Lhasa and this sounds like a lot of fuss...
This is the reality of responsible breeding and very little of the puppy rearing activity....go to a breeder and purchase a puppy. Super Lhasa pets are not just born, they are the result of carefully planned breeding and rearing. Like children, it takes a village.
What about allowing our boy to be a Dad?
If you have a happy little male who is the apple of your eye, think about this before you consider allowing your male to be a Stud. You are the center of his world right now and he is clean in the house. Once a male has been "used" it is very normal for him to exhibit "male behaviors". The most troublesome can be marking, or lifting his leg and urinating in the house. He may also become very restless and constantly demand access to the world outdoors searching for that wonderful girl or any girl that smells like that. If there are girls in the neighbourhood, he will attempt to escape your fenced yard, or bolt out the door to get to them. He may whine constantly and stop eating his food during the breeding season of these girls. This can occur twice a year for 20+ days per female. This stress can often lead to days of diarrhea. You may not have all these behaviors, you won't know until you go ahead with the breeding and you can't undo it then.
If you decide to go ahead with the breeding-have your male checked for infection and communicable diseases and insist on the same tests for the female. You should also have him examined and blood drawn to test for avoidable inherited defects. Discuss your intentions with your Veterinarian. You may not be the person raising the puppies but you are equally responsible for the resulting puppies genetically-good or bad.