How long to wait until next breeding

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If and I do say IF we decide to breed Uma it won't be until sometime next year. By that time she will be a little over 2 years old.....Heck we may even wait until she is three. My question is.....Do you think it is healthy for a dog to have two litters in a row? Yes I know that accidents do sometimes happen but I would think it would not be very healthy for the dog. Would you wait a year or longer for the dogs next breeding?.......any input?

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i would wait a minimum of a year the longer the better i have a litter now and would let my dog have 2 seasons in between litters longer if i dont thinks she ready in body and health wise and i will get my vet to check her before i re breed

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I beliveve bitches need need rest in between but a gsd needs the litters back to back which is hard for me to accept but they have pyo issues real bad if you wait in between. I also wont breed a large breed like yours before three years old and it takes about that long for all the needed testing when I do it anyway. Your breed should only have 2 litters a year apart IMO.
This breed is known for these issues: osteosarcoma, cystinuria, cardiomyopathy, allergies, vaginal hyperplasia, cruciate ligament rupture, hypothyroidism, OCD, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and persistent pupillary membranes (PPM)
I suggest you test at the least for these before breeding: hips, elbow, eyes, thyroid, and DNA for PRA.
Also the puppy mortality rate it the highest in your breed than any other large breed most litters of mastiff can loose up to half the pups or more and nothing you can do about it.
I have owned English mastiffs and still co own two males and love them too death, but they are a VERY difficult breed to raise and breed.

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Thanks GSD. I never knew you had/have English Mastiffs. I may be PMing you from time to time on advice if you don't mind. Why do you consider them a very difficult breed to raise? I can remember taking Uma in for one of her first vet visits and the vet asked me if we were going to breed her. In all likelyhood we will if her tests come back ok. The vet said "Do you have a boyfriend picked out for her yet?" Uma was 12 weeks old! NOw way am I pushing a breeding. I want the dog to be physically and emotionally fit before we even THINK of breeding her. If her tests come back in a somewhat negative way then no way will we breed and she will be spayed. Thanks for all your information.

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It is said to be healthier to breed 2 litters back to back then wait a yr. Remember the uterus is still being damaged whether you breed or not. So if the Bitch pulls back up and is in great condition I say yes breed back to back.
English mastiffs are difficult to breed as far as what I being told by a breeder in my KC. The male will rarely breed a female. I guess they are lazy. They do breed but i guess rarely suggesting AI is what is used.

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I have to agree with Brat. My vet and 2 breeders told me they now practice/suggest back to back breeding. Now 1 breeder says 2 litters and she spays and re-homes to pet homes. The vet and the other breeder suggest back to back then skip a heat and he breeds back to back, total of 4 litters, then says and re-homes. I couldn't re-home my babies therefore I would never succeed as a real breeder. I can say Pandy bred back to back, the 2nd was not intentional, but she is in superb health. You'd never know she even had a litter much less 2! You have to just research, talk to actual EM breeders and make the decision at the time. See how Uma does after 1 litter, then weigh your options based on her condition etc. Good luck!
Oh and I had heard the EM males are "lazy" too but didn't know if someone was being honest or just funny.

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Back to back? That would be like telling me "Ok you had your obgyn appt. and you are fine so just jump out there and have another baby!" Yes I know dogs are different, but isn't there some sort of healing time involved? I know heats are anywhere between 6-9 months apart....but then there is mommie dog giving birth, taking care of pups, then weaning, then teaching....and a few months later I'm supposed to put the dog back into "action?" I don't know if I am comfortable with that. Plus Uma was one of 17 pups (2 of which died). I have heard it is the mother who determines the number of pups. If I went by Uma's mother I will probably have a slew of EM"s!....and then a few months later start the process all over again? I love the breed but I also do not want to populate the world!

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having pups takes alot out of a bitch just like us humans I prefer to get the bitch back in physical condition after a litter. There is a big difference also between a small dog having and nursing 2-4 pups and a large or extra large breed nursing 10-17 pups. I bred rottwielers and english mastiffs. Large litters are common on both breeds andthose females even with proper care and supplements and weaning pups as early as possible or supplementing their food drags a mom down too much to do litters back to back. Em are difficult because many pups die in the first couple weeks after birth. The moms accidently suffocate them very easily with thier size. For so many pups of that litter yours was born from to survive was excellent and way above average. I am not an advocate of ai on dogs that will not show proper breeding drive as it will only bring more of it into the breed further in the line. In english mastiffs, I have found it's not so much the trouble as the males being too bulky and tiring to quickly to breed they must get it right quickly before tiring out. Breeding english mastiffs is a whole other ballgame of dog breeding because of their size issues than say bichons and boxers.
I couldn't find any pictures posted of your em on here? What lines please?

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No, its not the same as Humans. Humans uterus doesn't go through the damage every time we get our period. If a dog is in good condition breed them it is said to be better. I have seen a lot of litters that were 3-4 in a litters and they seemed to drag mom down much more than say 11 pup litter don't ask me why. I really think all dogs are different and the care before and after is different with every breeder. My bitch only comes in 1 time a yr but by six months she was back in good condition so if she had come in at that point, and I wanted another litter I would have breed her.