Breeding Labrador Retrievers

Breeding Labrador Retrievers

Golden Labrador puppy

Many people think that breeding dogs is easy, but the truth is that if you want to produce healthy dogs that also adhere to the established breeding standard it will require time, knowledge, devotion and patience. Breeding in general requires a lot of experience and one has to really educate oneself by means of researching and consulting the experts. Here are some of the considerations we need to look at to before even pondering the idea of breeding a Labrador retriever.

Breeding affects the development of the female dog (bitch) and breeding a Labrador retriever during its first heat cycle is not advisable. A bitch needs to mature first and full development usually takes place after the first heat cycle. Make sure that both dogs (male and the female) are far from each other during this time to avoid injuries. Male dogs are very persistent at this state.

The actual heat cycle of a female Labrador retriever starts with a display of a clear type of discharge then it leads to bleeding as its vulva swells. It usually lasts for ten to fourteen days. During this time, the female is ready to breed. She gives out signs of readiness by means of a “flagging signal”. She raises her tail and moves it to the side.

During the actual Labrador retriever mating, it is preferred that you hold the head of the female to complete the process because there is still a possibility that the female changes her mind during the intercourse. Breeding takes from ten to forty minutes. Once the actual mating takes place, it should not be preempted because it can damage both dogs. For optimal breeding results, repeat the process every other day. You can stop once the female no longer accepts the male. Never try to force the female into mating.

Take note of the first and the last days of breeding. A Labrador retriever’s gestation period is usually sixty-three days. If it exceeds, consult a veterinarian. During the gestation period, the pregnant dog should be fed well with premium dog food. These foods provide the necessary nutrients for her and her litter therefore supplements for calcium, minerals and vitamins are not necessary anymore. The food consumption of the mother should be heightened before her pregnancy. This will also be evident during the nursing period. Do not limit her food intake, allow her to eat as much premium food as she wants to and provide her with the nutrients she needs for herself and to feed her young.  

During her pregnancy, expect that there will be behavioral changes and your dog may demand more sweetness, affection and attention from you. An increase in appetite and vomiting usually happens at the early stages of pregnancy. During the latter stages of pregnancy, she looks for a secure place for delivery and becomes closely attached and clingy to her owner. An interesting aspect of breeding a Labrador Retriever is how the mother often delays the delivery until the owner get home. Delivery usually takes place during two hours. Have a box for her ready where she can deliver anytime. Have a vet ready at anytime for checkup and in cases of emergency.

Newborn Labrador retriever puppies usually aspirate fluid into the lungs and it is a good idea to remove it. This is done by means of proper holding of the puppy and helping it gasp to help the fluid and mucus out of the lungs. The tongue’s color will help you determine if the puppy is breathing clearly. A vet can help in making sure that both the mother and the newborns will be healthy. Breeding a Labrador Retriever is an amazing experience but should only be considered if you are willing and able to devote enough time, effort and money to the project.