English Springer Spaniel Questions

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English Springer Spaniel Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 8/19/2006
Is 8 months to young for our springer to carry puppies and will it harm her?

Date Reply Member
8/25/06 Yes, 8 months is too young to carry a litter of puppies. Was she bred on purpose? Do you plan to breed her later? The litter can be aborted through a spay right now if you do not plan on breeding her later. An 8 month old puppy having a litter is like a 12 yr old girl having a baby. Sure it is possible, but is that ever a good situation? Females in heat should be kept away from other dogs and on leash only to avoid unwanted pregnancies. After age 2 they can be health tested for diseases that are not apparent by looking at her. If she passed OFA hips and elbows and a CERF exam, you should wait until she is 3 (to be sure she is free from epilepsy) before breeding her. You should only breed her to a stud dog with the SAME health testing. http://www.essfta.org This is the website for the parent club for the breed. Please visit it for more information. Rebecca
1/29/07 Hope you had listen to the first email . Back in August . We depend on responsible owners to do what is right for these dogs . DEB. Deborah
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