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    Default What would you do?

    I have a friend who has a breeding pair of Rottweilers, they are both registered, papered, health checked, scored etc. She breeds for the right reasons and understands about taking puppies back if something happens and the like. She went away a few weeks ago just as her bitch came into season, I was meant to look after both of them but she took the bitch with her so I didn't have to try and keep the two seperated, so I just looked after the male for her.

    While she was away, the bitch managed to escape from her metal crate during the night and get with a bullmastiff from down the road, who is also used for breeding so is health checked etc. So now the bitch is pregnant.

    The catch is, my friend is also pregnant and is due 1 week before the dog is due, so she will have a newborn baby and rotti x bullmastiff puppies at the same time. She was planning on getting the bitch aborted but after making some phone calls, the average price of an abortion is $600 which is a lot when you've got a baby on the way and don't have an income (I understand that if something goes wrong, costs will be well over $600). I've offered her my help if she needs it, and her mum also breeds dogs so has offered her help as well.

    So the question is, what would you do if you were in her position?

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    If she's ANKC registered dont let them catch wind of it or she's in a world of trouble.

    Abort the litter, there are enough crossbreeds in the world without creating another litter that she wont have time for. Borrow the money, max out a credit card, whatever, costs are part of owning dogs and she should know by now to be prepared.

    By the way where was the crate if the bitch managed to slip the crate and run away? I keep my bitches locked in the house, they would have to smash through doors to have an accident.

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    I think I agree that abortion would be better for all concerned. Some thoughts:

    IF there are no complications, she may just break even if she sells the pups. May, because you can't possibly ask much money for a crossbreed pup. She may actually be out too, especially if she has vet costs. So not a good "business decision" however you look at it. I think that makes the $600 not look all that much.
    Letting her bitch have the pups will put her out of action for longer than otherwise would've been the case. If she can breed from her again at all.
    There are indeed plenty of accidental crossbreed litters already - she will be directly or indirectly be contributing to dogs ending up in shelters.
    She will need to make sure the pups are desexed before they are adopted or get some solid guarantee that they will be. Not doing that would just be wrong.

    And babies do not cost much money at all! Unless you lose an income because of having one... Otherwise, they are much cheaper to keep than dogs. Haha!

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    Difficult decision!

    Has the owner of the bullmastiff come forward to take any of the responsibility?

    Sure life's better with a pet. But let's face it, life's doubly better with a dog!

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    Your friend should of got her bitch a mis-mating injection in the first instance. Would of solved a lot of problems. Which is why people who don't have support from an experienced breeder shouldn't breed in the first place, if she was breed mentored by her own bitches or dogs breeder they would of told her to do this.


    A litter of puppies is time consuming, and costly. I hope the X of the Rotti makes the birthing process easy and she doesn't need a c-section.

    If she goes ahead with this she should start to plan now, worming, food, whelping area, area for when the puppies are up and playing, good quality food for mum from week 4 of pregnancy, timing the bitches worming, puppy suspension worming, vaccination & microchipping costs etc. Don't think I'd wanting to be thinking of all this with baby brain.
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    I don't think it's all that hard.

    $600 for abortion is cheaper than the costs associated with having the puppies. Depending on how far along she is. She could ask the Mastiff owner if they'd like to contribute half towards - but given it was the bitch that got out - she's really responsible for all of it. Ie no expectations that the dog owner would pay anything - but doesn't hurt to ask.

    A pity it happenned while she was away and the doggy equivalent of the morning after pill couldn't have been used (Is that what the mismatch injection is).

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    Kind of, though it doesn't have to be the "morning after" and it's not expensive & all vets carry it.

    But it's these little things you learn when you have a mentor.

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    Maybe it was the mis-mating injection she was quoted for, and not an actual abortion? The vet said it was two injections 24 hours apart, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    By the way where was the crate if the bitch managed to slip the crate and run away? I keep my bitches locked in the house, they would have to smash through doors to have an accident.
    She broke the crate and then chewed through the screen door (very hot weather so the glass wasn't shut). Definitely not something that they expected to happen

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    I would probably go with the abortion of puppies specially considering she will be putting all of her effort into a newborn baby.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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