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One female dog and one male dog and their offspring can produce 4372 puppies in 7 years!!!!

There aren't enough homes for them all

Spay and neuter your pets!!!!


 Every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country while only 10,000 people are born. It's simple math- there just aren't enough homes for all of these animals.
An animal is euthanized in the U.S every 6 seconds.

At least 50% of the overpopulation problem is non-neutered males.
Females can't do it alone.

Purebreds account for 30% of all the animals in the shelter. "Papers don't mean an animal should be bred!
For every home you find for a puppy you have bred, a home is lost for a shelter dog.

 Breeding to see the "miracle of birth" demands that you also see the tragic results. Visit a shelter and watch a puppy being euthanized for every puppy your "miracle of birth" delivered.


Spaying will reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Almost 50% of un-spayed dogs develop breast tumors. Each cycle they experience increases the chances of illness greatly, as much as ten times each!
Uterine disease is no longer a problem after spaying.
Ovarian cysts that can be sometimes very painful are no longer a consideration after spaying.
 Neutering significantly lowers the risk of prostate gland and testicular cancer in male dogs. Almost 60% of intact males suffer from prostate cancer, why not make the adds even better?
Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular tumors as well.

Spaying and Neutering Myths

Myth #1:  My dog is a purebred so it's okay if I breed-
 The fact that 30% of all dogs found in shelters are AKC or UKC purebreds. Know what that means? NOT MUCH! Those letters just mean that they belong to a club and are registered to it. There is no guarantee of quality!

Myth #2: My pet is a male, I won't have any litters- These animals are a big part of the pet overpopulation problem since they escape and bred with females in heat. They roam more, are more aggressive and sire hoards of litters for someone else to raise and find homes for.

Myth #3: It costs too much- It will cost you a lot more to care for the puppies created by your dog! There are programs for assistance for those unable to afford to get the procedure done.
Note: each stray animal costs taxpayers about $100 each to catch, feed and destroy.

Myth #4: My children should see the miracle of birth- School programming, virtual computers and films can convey the same information in a more caring way.
 Children can experience the birth process other ways and enjoy it more.
Myth #5: She needs to have at least one litter- Does a woman need to have at least one child to be a true woman? Having a litter does not in any way improve or change a pet's disposition. It will however drain her body of nutrients and it can weaken her bones and teeth.

Myth #6: Spaying and neutering is painful for the pet-How painful is giving birth? Surgery is performed under anesthesia and animals are usually back on their feet into normal activities within 24-72 hours. This slight discomfort is not harmful and prevents the suffering and death of hundreds of unwanted animals that could be born if you do not spay or neuter your pet.

Myth #7: If I neuter him he won't be as protective- Instinct is not affected by hormones. In fact , most pets will actually be more effective at protection since they will have stabilized hormones.

Myth #8: They'll get fat and lazy-Not so. they need excercise just like they always did, but spaying and neutering them actually changes nothing as far as weight gain.
Myth #9: I paid good money for my dog so I need to get my money back- Most people do not realize the cost and responsibility involved in having a litter of puppies. Reputable breeders are not in it for the money. They breed for the love of the breed, to enhance the breed. If you bought your dog from a backyard breeder or a pet store, you most likely will not enhance the breed and will most likely lose money on vet bills. plus, you will be adding to the over-population.

If this has still not convinced you to neuter your animal, go visit a shelter. I challenge you to spend some time there. Ask when they euthanize animals and witness how the animals cringe , defecate in fear, and act when they are taken out to be killed. Look them in the eyes and explain why you do not want to neuter your pet.

Before you breed:
Both dogs should be at least two years of age. Younger than this could cause health problems for your female for several reasons. One very important one is the puppies will be taking calcium away from her at an age when she needs all calcium for her own growth.

Your dog should be a purebred from a reputable breeder. A dog bought from a pet store, a back yard breeder, the roadside, etc is not a reputable breeder.

You should have a five generation pedigree for YOUR dog.
This means you purchase a pedigree from a company that does generations that far back.
Your dog should have a minimum of eight titled (AKC or UKC) Champions, Obedience (CD, CDX, etc) in the last three generations.

Your dog should have a stable temperament.
Bad temperaments can be hereditary and should not be passed on. You could end up selling a puppy to someone that could not manage the dog and they the dog could hurt or even kill someone and yes, you would be partly to blame.

Does your dog fit the breed standard?
You will be hurting the breed if you pass along traits that are not desirable in your breed.

Are both the male and female healthy?
You could pass along hereditary sickness from the prospective parents.

Your dog must be certified free of genetic diseases.
They must be certified by OFA, CERF, BAER. If not, you could sell puppies that could come down with hip dysplaysia or more. Besides the pain you cause to people who care about their dogs and for the dogs themselves, people can sue you to collect their money back. 

Are you willing to take the time to give puppy care, socialization, have them checked by a veterinarian, have the proper shots given on time, and let no puppy leave the litter until they are eight weeks of age?

Are you willing to guarantee your puppies?
More and more wise buyers are only buying puppies that come with a health guarantee.



Pre-breeding Health Screens

Eyes (annual)                 $20/year
OFA                               $150-$250
PennHip                         $150-$250
Heart Exam                   $30+
Thyroid Screen              $80
Brucellosis(each litter)  $50


Stud Fee                           $200-$800/litter
Shipping                              variable
Other testing as required
by stud dog owner                variable
Whelping Supplies           $100/litter
Vet bills for Dam              $60/litter
Vet bills for Pups              $500/litter
Food for Pups                   $100/litter
Registration fees               $20/litter
Advertising                          variable
Phone Bills                          variable
Extra heat for Winter       $300/litter
Extra electric for Summer $70/litter

Total expenses                 $1000- $???


C-Section                           $600
Puppy Formula                 $80
Other vet bills                  variable
Time off from work         variable


Financial help is available for spaying and neutering your pet. In the state of Idaho:
PAWS for Life Inc
Boise ID
For pets of local residents with financial need.

Bonneville Humane Society
PO Box 2763
Idaho Falls, ID 83403

Humane Society of the Palouse
2019 White Avenue
Moscow, ID 83843

Discounts for residents of Latah or Whitmany county

Idaho Humane Society
Working with a coalition of animal welfare groups and local veterinarians, the Idaho Humane Society veterinary clinic seasonally provides spay/neuter services at discounted rates.

Talk with your vet regarding payment options and financial consideration on your spay or neuter

This information was collected from various sources on the internet and from veterinarians. Please consider it wisely as your duty to our wonderful pets and our position as their caregivers.