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    When too old to breed??

    Theres been a lot of threads about breeding, I think I may actually be learning something!! I never intend to be a breeder, but I have a question. Most threads have concentrated on the youngest age you should breed at. Is there an age where the male or female are too old to be bred? Do the older reproductive organs have any relation with poorly developed pups or with pups living less than optimal lifespans?
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    Personally I wouldnt breed a dog over five and I kow many disagreee with that but its my cut off age. It takes a lot out of the moms and my dogs are pets first.

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    Do you go with 5 for both males and females?
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    I say if the dog is in good health and hasn't been overbred 6 years is my cut off. For the females.
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    What would you consider to be overbred?
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    age 5 or 6 for the females and for the males between 8-10.

    Over bred, in my opinion, means the female is having more then 3 litters.
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    Okay overbred for me is once a year. I think ideally that a bitch should only be bred every other year. So optimally if six is my cut off date then that bitch should not have been bred more than 3 times.
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    I agree with the age of about 5 or 6 (7 MAYBE depending on health and attitude ect all that would play a roll). But I dont think any dog should be bred more then 3 or 4 times. And not every year offcourse.

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    IMO 5 years would be the the old for a female, and as long as a male can naturally breed I would say as long as he will stand and produces healthy offspring.
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    I think it depends on the breed. I've seen Siberian bitches whelp at age 9-10 with no problems. But this is a fairly healthy, athletic and long lived breed. Also generally easy, free whelpers. One of the bitches I know that whelped at age 10 went on to lead my third place sprint race team at age 12.

    I think for a bitch, more than two or three litters is pushing it in terms of "overbreeding." If you haven't produced something better than her to move forward with (which should be the goal IMO) by three litters then you need to sit down and re-evaluate your breeding program.

    I think males are a different story and I can't really give a number for my opinion on a male being over-used as a stud (but give me a scenario with production results and I could then give an opinion). It depends on what breed you have, too.
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