With a serious, yet mischievous expression, bulldogs are more than what people think of them. Bred originally for bull baiting, bulldogs are now purpose-bred as pets and watchdogs. With more people becoming interested in the dog breeding business, and many are doing this at home. Breeding is a pre-planned, controlled process, with each step done carefully and hygienically. Or else you are putting at risk, the life of the bitch as well as her litter.
So before breeding a bulldog, understand the risks and only proceed if you have the resources to healthily start and conclude this process.
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If you are ready, then now let’s get this step by step process done.
- Select a Suitable Bulldog Breed
Breeding is not a spontaneous task, but a series of careful steps each done with a sense of responsibility and reliability. Look for a breed that is healthy and can handle the strenuous process of birthing. Many dogs suffer from breathing and respiratory issues, followed by flat faces, small muzzles and large tongues. These bulldogs are not healthy parent options and should be excused from the process. Only those dogs with distinctive traits should be selected and passed on to the next generation.
- Dogs should not have has surgery before
- Don’t breed dogs with small windpipes and breathing issues.
- Avoid breeding in the summer seasons.
- Choose a female with a calm personality
It’s scientifically proven that it’s majorly the mother’s characteristics that are passed onto the children. Or in this case, the puppies. Thus, while breeding select a female that is calm, laid-back and relaxed. Dogs often tend to develop mites and skin infections, so watch out for that as well. And such cases often develop in cases of pregnancy, hence you gotta stay alert and tick off the prerequisites to healthy breeding.
- Perform a medical checkup
Though such breeding and birthing activities need to be performed by a vet, if you have experience in it, then it cuts out the margin. It’s best to take your dog to a vet, a month before the process. Genetic screening is a must, followed by frequent checkups midway and after the birthing process. Begin its breeding process any time, after its second heat cycle, and not before it.
- Check For Your Bitch’s Evaluation
The first part of the heat cycle is proestrus which is followed by a swollen vagina with some discharge. This stage indicates that the dog is getting ready for the process. A vet checks for signs of ovulation and can be performed doing techniques of side cytology and blood test.
- Readying the bitch
After the estrus cycle, the bitch is ready to be mated. This is an ideal time for breeding and lasts for around six to nine days. If a dog can’t mate naturally, you can artificially inseminate by depositing the semen into the vagina. The temperature and conditions also need to be met for a healthy transfer, hence vets supervision is necessary.
- Observing the Pregnancy Process
The scientific processes help in determining the growth and health status of the litter. Hence, you can make use of techniques like ultrasound, palpitations and radiography. Blood tests also aid in determining the level of progesterone.
It is also important that for the growth of its little one, you offer the best medical support and quality diet. A well-balanced, nutritionally rich diet is the best help for a physically working mother. Adjust the need for food as the weight of the dog increases, and needs to be looked at.
- Post-breeding Complications
Many bulldogs find it hard to natural birth, and thus need a C-section performed. In such a case, your vet cna decide the best.
Ask your veterinarian about a C-section. Problems with whelping are so common with English bulldogs that it’s usually appropriate to plan an elective C-section. In fact, your veterinarian should provide a full examination of your bitch to clear her for free-whelping (natural birth) before you even consider going for a C-section. In this case, get your dog used to the whelping box before time. A soft and warm box will also be a need for the newly birthed puppies. As they are small in size, you should keep them in warm and dry settings.
When your dog goes into labor, you should have all the necessary things close to you. Whether it is a water bowl, heating lamps, feeding bottles or a tissue roll, get everything you’ll be needing beforehand. Scissors, dental floss, towels and iodine are also crucial to have by a birthing dog.
You should do all this in supervision of a vet in case an emergency occurs. Prepare for the worst situation beforehand and you’re good to go.
9. Birthing Complications
Bulldogs have big heads and often get stuck in the birth canal. That’s why a vet is always needed in the process. The removal of placentas is also crucial, so take help beforehand if you’re not experienced.
After the puppies are birthed, keep them clean and warm. Give them artificial feedings if the mother dog is unable to feed them. The mother also needs a postnatal diet to replenish the nutrients and minerals lost during the pregnancy process. Make sure that the mother is performing her natural duties of feeding and care.
Overall, remember that breeding is not an easy task to be done whenever you please. There are some do’s and don’ts to follow before doing anything.
That’s it for this time. I’ll be back with another healthy read for you and your pet.
Till then, Happy Grand-parenting!
Author and Image: Mujtaba Ahmad