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Tips For Breeding A Bichon Frise

Jun 12, 2008
Choosing to do Bichon Frise breeding is a big decision and it is understandable if you feel a bit uneasy about starting the process. However, by following a few simple tips you can have your Bichon Frise breeding go smoothly and make the entire process more enjoyable for you.

The most important part of Bichon Frise breeding is to select the right mate for your dog. Make sure you choose a mate that has qualities you want to see carried on to the puppies and for at least a few generations to come. You also want to make sure that both the male and female dog are healthy and have no genetic faults before you breed them since this can jeopardize the health of the puppies.

Having a healthy female will also make the pregnancy and birthing process easier. Before breeding your female make sure you support her with excellent nutrition and supplements to boost her energy and allow her to stay healthy during the pregnancy.

You can increase your chances with Bichon Frise breeding by making sure you have good record keeping. With the female dog this is especially important and it can be a good idea to have a history folder specifically for the female where you can keep significant dates such as the first signs that she is in heat, when changes in behavior are noticed and any medical issues. You should also find a veterinarian that you have a good working relationship with since they will help you through the entire breeding process and with the puppies' health after they are born.

Even though the male has fewer reproductive problems than the female, any problems they may have are harder to correct. This is why you need to check for anatomical defects, low sperm, infection of the reproductive organs, hypothyroidism, arthritis of the spine and brucellosis in the male dog before breeding. It is also important that you take your male dog to the vet right away to be thoroughly checked out before proceeding with breeding any time that you notice your dog doesn't show any signs of being interested in breeding.

Once you start Bichon Frise breeding the most important thing to focus on is timing. Wrong timing is the reason for many failed breeding attempts. You can have your vet run a variety of tests which can help you narrow down the best breeding time for your female, but the process is always a hit and miss. Typically around one year of age the female dog will start going into heat every six months.

However, the process will always be a hit and miss. Most female dogs will start to go into heat around one year of age and the heat cycle will occur about once every six months. To reduce the risk of pregnancy complications you should wait until your female is full-grown and developed before breeding.

After going into heat most females will be ready to breed around ten to twelve days later. Getting the female and male dog together early and trying continually is often the best option. It is better if you are early than to find out you are late and having to wait another six months. About twenty-two days after breeding your vet can tell you whether or not impregnation has occurred.
About the Author
Mary Stevenson is a passionate lover of the Bichon Frise and owns a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bichon Frise. Among other topics there, you will find out more about Bichon Frise Breeding plus a whole lot more.
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