June 17, 2012
I get asked questions all the time regarding training, health, and general “living with our dogs”. But the most “emotional” question I gets asked is, “Do you think I should breed my two dogs?” Here is a question I got asked (name and identity removed), and my response:
Well first of all they stay in side when im home and out side when im gone. first my female is real scared some times when u call her she gets scared and pees.and she is a gs mixed with lab. and my male is kind of aggresive towd her he dosnt like to play will that change or what do i need to do. and he is gs mixed wit rott. and finally if they were to have puppies would the pups come out full blood gs or would they be 1/3 of every thing thank u for the help cant wait to hear from u oh and they r both 5 months old.
It sounds like they both need socialization. There is a “fear period” that some dogs go through (submissive urination is one of the symptoms), but that tends to happen at 7-9 months old. I would make it a point to spend time with each one separately. They need to bond to you more than each other. The male being aggressive towards your female will only hinder her and could cause her to have nervous tendencies.
Is it possible for you to take each one separately with you (on leash of course lol) when you go out? A nervous puppy without being socialized can become a “fear biter” when they reach maturity (2 years +).
I would also correct your male when he is being aggressive towards her. At 5 months old, any dog that is left to be aggressive will be a royal pain in the butt when they are older….and a very BIG liability. So I would recommend that you hook a leash to your boy’s collar, and supervise your dog’s time together (as much as possible, I know we have our own lives to lead lol). Once he even BEGINS to show ANY signs of aggression, correct him with a sharp, “NO!” (I use “NIEN!”, as I train with German commands) and a collar correction:
- Verbally correct with “NO!”
- Very quickly, tug on his leash sharply right after saying NO! Repeat as necessary, which will not be too long, as he will be trained that this behavior is not going to be tolerated.
I normally do NOT recommend physical corrections at this age, but you are correcting him for a behavior (as I’ve stated above) that will not be tolerated – ever. You are simply becoming the leader of your pack, which includes being Firm But Fair.
And in my honest opinion, please do NOT breed them. I work with many professional breeders of GSDs, and in their breeding programs, they look for the following traits when contemplating a breeding:
- Will the sire and dam’s litter better the breed as a whole?
- Will the breeding bring out the BEST traits of each parent, as far as the GSD Breed Standard is concerned?
And their dogs are vet certified for their overall health – especially their hips (called OFA normal, excellent, etc). And they are prepared to “cull” any pups born with disabilities. So, can honestly answer yes to the following questions if you are looking to breed them?
- Will your litter better the next generations for their breed?
- Do your male & female have AWESOME, GREAT, and DESIRED traits for their specific breeds, that you would like to see in future dogs?
- Are you prepared to “cull” a pup? Cull (“to kill”) definition: Animals may also be culled (killed) because of disease, failure to produce or reproduce, because of inherited defects or because of undesirable conformation or breed type.
- Parvo/Distemper shots are given at 6-8 weeks, then at 10-12 weeks. A vet can give the shots for you, or you can purchase them at a local feed store or even Walmart Pharmacy – at $9.99 each. A litter of 7-10 pups, shots given twice before you give/sell them, is going to be around $200.
Being Shepherd/Rott/Lab mixes, their litter will be less than a quarter Shepherd. I am sure they are great pets, and I hope the advice above helps them live comfortably in your pack structure. I would lastly suggest that you Spay/Neuter them both, so you won’t have to worry about accidental litters
I would also like to add, which I did not include in my email reply to this question, is the fact that if all the puppies in the litter are not sold/given away, are you prepared, as their breeder, to keep the dogs? There are TONS of dogs in shelters right now that are on death row…waiting for someone to go and adopt them.