this is NOT A JOKE and i do not take it as one i am simply a lady with Kids and a husband trying to breed our dog i feel as though you guys are beinga bit ruff and to think it s a joke would just make me angry as i am being very serious on this i have pics of my dog if u dont beleive me
Chi's: Patella Luxation (joint related issues)
Teeth Issues (overcrowding and/or premature loss)
Hypoglycemia (sugar levels related)
Hydrocephalus/ Hydrocephaly (fluid on the brain, basically)
Dachs': Invertebral Disc Disease (due to elongated spine)
Hypothyroidism (can lead to weight issues)
Epilepsy (related to Hypothyroidism)
Eye Problems - Cataract
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Acarthesis Nigricans (Skin issues)
This list is by no means complete and I have, I admit, left out Fox Terriers but you can see it can get complicated.
Let me say a bit about me, personally (forgive the detour ok?). I have two purebred Dobermanns. I am constantly asked by all and sundry about getting puppies from my dogs (lets be honest here, I think my dogs are gorgeous and I love them deeply)... But they're both desexed. Why? Because I know there are many people out there breeding Dobermanns who have a) better dogs than mine to "better the breed" and b) because I do not have the knowledge or experience (or time for that matter)... Reading through the "Read before you breed link only confirmed this for me.... and I encourage you to read it, ok?... and c) because I know (via DNA testing at fair expense) that both dogs have genetic issues which make them usuitable candidates for breeding (ie, it is better for unaffected dogs to be bred to produce more sound puppies than I can).
Right. I'm only telling you that to give you some perspective where I am coming from, not to tell you what you should do, ok?
So, next, I'm gonna say that even without seeing Taco, I'll bet he/she (did I miss this bit, if so I apologise) is cute. No doubt. But I'd like to know a few more things about why you want to breed with Taco.
1. What is your reason for breeding?
A) Because you have friends who want pups?
B) Because it is said to "calm" a bitch down to have a litter?
C) To make money?
D) Because you want another Taco?
2. Why a Mini Dachs? Why not another Chi or Foxy?
3. Is your dog registered?
4. Have you shown your dog or competed in Agility or Obedience trials? (what I'm asking is how will you contribute to the dog world via Taco puppies)
5. Can you honestly say to yourself that the expense of a stud fee (I'm assuming Taco's a "she"), PLUS DNA testing, PLUS veterinary, time, food ect are going to be covered? Or are you prepared to lose money financially?
I'm not winding you up, or laughing at you... I, personally, am not against cross breeding (lets face it Dobes are kinda the original poster child for a man made breed) but I AM against breeding for any other purpose than to better either the breed or the world of dogs in some way.
I hope this helps somewhat :-)
fantastic post V&F...very eloquently put without sounding high and mighty.
Couldn't go to bed without doing the Foxy research...
Here's a quickie list:
Fox Terrier: Epilepsy
Von Willebrands Disease
Deafness (said to increase in incidence with the amount of white on the dog)
Urinary and Kidney issues (said to be on the increase with "excessive"
So, there are some issues that are crossing over with the Chi, Foxy and Dachs... Breeding without full genetic testing increases the risks of doubling up on the genes for some of these diseases/ health risks......
What is a backyard breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
from that link
How could I possibly support this?Backyard breeding contributes to the overpopulation of animals of animals in the community. Uncontrolled breeding and overpopulation ultimately leads to the euthanasia of fit and healthy unwanted animals every year.
Having four people say they want a puppy from your dog is not the same as having enough homes for your potential puppies. These people tend to evaporate when push comes to shove or you find out they're looking for puppies for puppy farms (animal cruelty) or bait for dog fights (animal cruelty).
You are going to have a hard time finding out what faults your potential breeding pairing could have if you can't even spell the names of the breeds correctly. Google can't help you there. Given the mix of breeds you describe, it is possible that none of the dogs are what the original source of them said they were in the first place. This is quite common with pet shop puppies that come from those horrible puppy mills. If you have no ANKC papers for any of the parent or grand parent dogs - you cannot make any reliable claims about their breed mix.
You could do some DNA tests to find out what genes your dogs have and ask for genetic problem reports on things like hip displasia - common in long backed dogs like dachshund or teeth problems - common in small dogs, or eye problems - common with puppies from petshops.
And I suggest you go spend some time at your nearest rescue, pound or shelter. The people who want puppies from your dog should go look there for their new puppy.
National Desexing Network | Home
Dog Owner's Guide: Should you breed your dog?
DNA TestingCosts before whelping
It obviously isn’t cheap to produce a litter of healthy puppies!
So far, costs include
hip, elbow, and knee x-rays as appropriate for the breed;
blood and DNA tests for various diseases as appropriate for the breed;
obedience classes to make sure Princess is well-socialized and is trainable;
a stud fee or promise of a puppy to the stud owner;
travel costs if the stud is some distance away;
fertility tests if desired;
x-ray or sonogram to see if the breeding was successful. Beyond the financial costs are the emotional and ethical issues involved. Puppies are not craft projects or widgets, they are living creatures. Therefore, the decision to breed is a serious one involving not only proper care of the bitch but also puppy care and socialization; responsibility for placing each puppy in a good home; and help for puppy buyers who run into problems with health or training of their new family member. Breeders must also be prepared to take back any puppy that doesn’t work out, and to keep it or find it another home.
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