So you want to have a litter of puppies AND work outside the home? Does it work out? In one poll 40% of respondents said yes, and 60% said no. In another poll, only 10% said yes. It depends on the dam, the breed, and if there are any complications involved. Sometimes taking care of a litter is very time-consuming and costly. Certain issues require round-the-clock care and can get out of hand if one is not there to tend to them. After-hours vet care is sometimes double the price of daytime care. If you are going to breed and work, seriously consider if you have the time to properly care for the pups and dam.
Below are a couple scenarios that people have reported coming home to.
Dead puppy next to full-term healthy puppy
If you plan on breeding your dog and work a full-time job please seriously consider if this is a challenge you are willing to take on. When you are not there to watch the puppies, things can go wrong. We have so domesticated these dogs over the years, they really rely on us.
Courtesy of MistyTrails Havanese
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.