Jack Russell Terrier - Canine Companion or Demon Dog (Chapter 7, page 2 of 14)


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Chapter 7

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Breeding Before you begin breeding any dog, ask yourself "Why?" Why do you want to breed this dog? There are less than handful of good reasons and an extensive list of bad ones.

The Bad Reasons Love Breeding your female Jack out of love is not a good reason, no matter how good your intentions. No matter how routine, the birthing process for dogs is always a dangerous one, especially for smaller breeds. It has been known to happen more than people like to talk about for an adult female to die during birth, usually taking the pups with her either immediately or by way of any survivors not having a mother to care for them in the early days of life. If you read the book "Canine Reproduction" you'll notice that there are 54 pages on what can go wrong, and only one page on what it's like if everything goes well. The risks are very real, and even if everything goes well initially, there are defects that can show up later, causing the eventual death of the puppies.

Money If you're breeding for money, you stand to lose a bundle. There are many minor defects that won't affect the puppy's chance for a happy life, but will cause a financial loss to the breeder, as a refund or replacement will need to be given to the buyer. Some of these defects may not show up until the puppy is into its first six months. Today Jack Russell Terriers are hot. Tomorrow, who are truly devoted to the breed will be paying the price for this surge in popularity with greatly increased use of rescue agencies as much of America finds out that Jack Russell's are a bit more dog than they want to handle. Right now, people aren't thinking about the future, and many novice breeders are anxious to try to supply the demand for puppies that the public currently has. A recent first time breeder was so impressed with the ease of selling her first litter, that she has purchased two more bitches with intent to breed. It's true, if you had two dozen puppies, you could sell them all in a weekend, if you weren't particular about who bought them. The novice breeder is blissfully ignorant of the fact that she may find half the litter dumped on her doorstep in a few months if she's not careful about who the puppies are sold to. If you think that your Jack Russell Terrier bitch is going to be a cash cow for you, you are in for quite a disappointment.

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