how often do litters occur?

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how often do litters occur?

Post by Jbagajluk » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:36 am

i was wondering how many times a year will a female produce pups and how many pups are there in a year each time?

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Re: how often do litters occur?

Post by WhiteElkStag » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:52 am

In general, a Tamaskan female will go into heat twice a year. In respect of the health of the female we at the TDR do not breed a female in two consecutive heats. So, at a maximum a TDR Tamaskan will have one litter a year and that litter will usually be approximately 5-10 pups.
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Re: how often do litters occur?

Post by blufawn » Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:10 am

Some breeds come into season every six months and therefore can be mated twice in a year (however this is not advised by vets and respected breeders). Wolves in the wild and some less domesticated breeds come into season just once a year in the winter (for spring pups) as this is natural.
The amount of pups is different for every breed.
A Tamaskan female will normally produce between 5 and 10 pups in a litter and registered breeders are only allowed to produce one litter a year with their females. (We have had as few as 1 pup and as many as 14 pup in a litter)
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Re: how often do litters occur?

Post by Sylvaen » Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:06 pm

As the others have said, each female can only be bred once per year (depending on when she comes into heat, that could be any time throughout the year - spring / summer / autumn / winter). If a female is mated in the spring and doesn't become pregnant, then she can be mated again on her next heat (in the autumn) - the main thing is that, in accordance with TDR rules, there must be 12 months between each litter. This is very important for the female's health and all major Kennel Clubs in the world follow the same standards. This allows the female vital time to recover between litters and to regain her body-condition to ensure a healthy litter the following year. The only 'breeders' who don't follow this protocol are Backyard Breeders and Puppy Mills, who value profit over the health and wellbeing of their dogs... often resulting in sickly litters with small-sized pups, in which it is not unusual for several pups to die or even the mother (during the birthing process - from ruptured uterus, etc). Reputable breeders will always put their dogs' health first, as well as the health of the unborn pups. Some breeders even wait several years between litters, depending on circumstance, and a particular female might only have 3 litters in her whole lifetime - it boils down to quality, not quantity. ;)
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