We are not your average breeder.
Our dogs reside in and around our home so they get plenty of attention and socialization every day. Our dogs live with us as our pets and their puppies are raised in a climate-controlled whelping room with free access to over 7000sf of green playspace. Each of our nursing mothers has their own comfortable, private whelping room to ensure they feel safe and secure. There are no wooden boxes or heat lamps in our whelping kennels; every surface is painted, treated, or built with materials that are easily cleaned and sanitized. The free access to greenspace activates the puppies’ natural instinct to use the bathroom far away from their living space. We perform specialized sensory training on all of our puppies (you can read more about that here), bathe/groom all puppies weekly from four weeks to 8 weeks, introduce them to sights, sounds, and experiences of a house, and handle and play with them frequently.
We want our dogs to have the best of all worlds.
Our dogs have free access to ten sprawling acres- also known as our front and back yard, as well as 24-hour access via a doggy door to a remodeled two-car garage that is climate controlled and built specifically for them – the garage is accessed off of our home kitchen and the door is often left open and they come and go as they please (unless it rains, and then the stinky butts have to have baths first, lol). They are not kept in kennels and we don’t have a separate ‘puppy palace’ for them away from our home. Not only do they get free play, but they are also each instructed in obedience training several times a week.
We don’t overbreed.
There are currently two accepted schools of thought among reproductive veterinarians about when to breed, how long to breed, and how many litters are best for the breeding dam. The first, which is the most traditional, states that a breeder should wait until the dam is 2 years old, has had at least two heats, and to only breed every other heat until the dam is about 6-8 years old – producing 4-5 litters in a lifetime. The other, the more recent and quickly becoming popular among reproductive veterinarians and breeders alike, is called back to back breeding. This is where you breed young (after they are One Year of age), and breed consecutive heats until the dog is ‘done’ – retiring the dog early – still producing 4-5 litters in the dog’s lifetime.
Edenrbight Brittanys follows the new school of thought, preferring to reduce as many problems for our dams as possible. Our dams’ health, lives, and comfort is our top priority. Skipping heats and waiting until the dog is over 2 years of age has been proven to dramatically increase the risk of many reproductive-induced issues.
By following current science, we aim to:
- Start early (before 2 years old)—reducing dystocia risk by almost 60%
- Breed back-to-back in order to reduce pyometra, mammary cancer, and endometriosis risks
- Retire early (ideally by 4, but not always)— reduces pyometra, mammary cancer, and endometriosis risks.
We made our choice for what is best for our dogs after contacting 6 different reproductive vets all over the country before our first pair of pups was even six months old – we wanted to really know what was best:
- 4 out of the 6 vets agreed that back to back was far better for the health of the dam as long as we were dedicated to keeping up with the nutritional requirements with supplementation to make sure that the dam remained healthy between pregnancies – the other 2 vets recommended two back to back breedings, then skipping a heat, then continuing back to back breedings.
- 6 out of the 6 agreed that waiting until either the dam was one year old or even better – on their second heat – before breeding – was best practice.
- 4 out of the 6 agreed that retiring after the 4th or 5th litter was best, while the other two stated that there was no hard limit for how many litters a dam can have healthily – all agreed that retiring by at least six years of age was ideal.
Like everything in the pet community, these schools of thought are contentious and are hotly debated among animal health professionals, breeders, and animal advocates alike. In the end, you must go with the breeder whose program meets your personal standards. This is YOUR puppy we are talking about, YOU choose!
Edenbright Brittanys is dedicated to the health and well-being of all of our dogs. Period. Point. Blank. There is nothing – no opinion, no amount of money, no shortcut – that will derail me from making the best ethical choice for my beloved pets. The same should apply to you. If you feel a breeder, including myself, doesn’t align with your personal morals when it comes to the health and treatment of their dogs, you absolutely have that right to choose not to do business with that breeder. A dog is a decade-long commitment, and I encourage buyers to be picky about their breeder’s breeding and puppy raising practices.
Here are some sources that you can look at to better inform yourself.
Most of our breeding dogs stay with us after retirement.
We do not rehome our retired dogs unless it benefits them, and when we do it is with people we personally know and who are a part of our lives. Some dogs want a one-on-one lifestyle with their owners, while others relish the busy, loud pack life we have created. For those dogs, we just want the very best, and if we think the transition will be handled well, we give it a try. We have a limit on how many dogs we can handle in our household – and that number consists of half retired pets – that means our breeding program will always remain small and personal. After they are done, they stay with us as our pets just as they always have. We expect our puppy parents to love and support their Edenbright Puppies from Gotcha Day to Crossing the Rainbow Bridge – and we do the same!
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