Beau was born on Jan 20, 2017. He is an English Cream Golden and has a lot of spunk. He loves everybody and everything, especially all his people and stuffies. He is a very quick learner and is always eager for playtime with the girls and the puppies.
Casey was born on April 24, 2017. She is super sweet and has a very mild temperament like her mom Aurora. She loves to be at your feet and loves to play with all the other animals. Her and Beau are the best of buddies. She is 3/4 English cream as Aurora is her mom and Rebel (who is 1/2 English cream) is her dad. She has the most beautiful coat with some really nice light gold highlights in with a cream undercoat and it is so soft.
Back to Back Breeding
At KountryKozy we have changed our breeding policy and now breed back to back. While we do breed every heat, we never breed first heat and sometimes not on second heat either depending on the age in which they have their second heat.
Recently at an AKC Dog Breeding Discussion held at Michigan State University with key note speaker Dr. Claudia Orlandi Ph.D. (AKC’s breeder of the year and author of The ABC’s of Dog Breeding) shocked many breeders when it was disclosed that there have been scientific studies to show that it is detrimental for dams to skip heat cycles. It was shared that once you have begun to mate a dam that you should NOT skip any heat cycles until she is completely finished breeding. A dam is said to be “finished” breeding when her litter size is drastically decreased. The study involved following females that were bred every heat cycle and females that were bred every other heat cycle. After they were “finished” breeding, the dams were spayed and their uterus dissected.
Those showing most stress, and damage of the uterus were the females that were bred “every other” heat cycle. Part of the rational that skipping heat cycles is harmful stems from the fact that with consecutive heat cycles there is no “flushing action” of the uterus, which normally occurs by having a litter of puppies. The female will go through Estrus no matter if she is bred or not and by breeding a healthy dam back to back, can lessen the chances of the female experiencing pyometra, infections and false pregnancy. The choice to breed or not, should be contingent upon the goals the breeder has and for sure the mental and physical health of the female, above all else.
I pulled a few interesting points from the following:
Revisiting back to back breeding
February 5, 2011
By Dr Kate Schoeffel
It is frequently claimed that breeding dogs on every heat or “back to back breeding” is bad for a bitch’s long term health and well being. However the research in canine reproduction shows that not breeding a dog when it comes into heat can in fact be bad for its health. Scientist have shown that pseudopregnancy [‘phantom pregnancy’] increases the risk of mammary cancers which are the second most common cancer in dogs after skin tumors and are 3-5 times more common than breast cancers in women
Skipping cycles in breeding has
been linked to mammary cancer. Pregnancy
protects against life threatening uterine diseases. The most common uterine
disease in the bitch is cystic endometrial hyperplasia. It is linked to several
serious uterine diseases including the potentially life threatening disease
“pyometra”(literally – a uterus full of pus) which affects nearly one quarter
of dogs under 10 years old which are not desexed.