So you want to breed your female Frenchie? This will be a challenging but rewarding process. In this article you will learn the steps to prepare your Female Frenchie for breeding. I will warn you, Frenchies are not a beginner level breed for breeding. It doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It just means you will have a lot to learn in the process.
#1 Order your genetic health and color testing.
In order to properly match a male with your female you will need the results to your females genetic testing.
For the health panel they test for recessive genes that are more common in Frenchies. Recessive means they need two copies of the gene in order to get the disease. If they have one copy, they are considered carriers. You will want to make sure the male you use for your female does not carry the same gene or genes. This is easily avoided by using a male that is 4 panel clear meaning he does not carry any copies of these genes.
The color panel will help you in deciding which male to match to your female to produce the colors you would like. There are different color goals for breeding. You may want to produce a certain color. You may want to produce carriers of a certain colors/characteristics so you can keep back pups. These pups can then be matched to a male that produce the desired coloring.
#2 Place her on a good quality food.
Being on a good quality food is essential for breeding and producing high quality pups. The fresher the better. In my program I feed a balanced raw diet. I’ll be writing about food more at www.frenchiesnaturally.com. Here’s a basic order from what I consider best to the less desirable. I realize this can be intense and filled with lots of debate. We will deep dive in this in the Frenchie breeder program. Realize you can create any combination of these as well. Such as feed kibble in the am and raw in the evening. Place some raw on kibble. Or cook for them and combine it with kibble. Or cooked and raw and kibble. Do what works for you and your dogs.
- Fresh prepared raw rotating diet to prevent allergies.
- Freeze dried raw like Wolf brand-choose 3 different animal sources and rotate feeding them to prevent allergies.
- Fresh prepared cooked diet-preferred 3 different animal sources
- Prepared diet ordered from companies like Ollie-preferred 3 different animal sources rotating.
- Canned dogfood–get 3 different animal sources and rotate
- Organic kibble-get 3 different animal sources and rotate
- Kibble–get 3 different animal sources and rotate
#3 Place your female on proper supplements
The B complex vitamins provide the nutrients needed to promote healthy and regular heat cycles. They have been shown to help with disruptions with the cycle and silent or split heats. You can use this one*.
#4 Make sure momma is dewormed.
I like to use Panacur as a dewormer because it also gets giardia. This can help prevent passing it on to your pups. Remember giardia is common in places with multiple dogs. Puppies are more prone to is as their immune systems are building up. He can get by simply stepping in some poo and licking his paw. Panacur is also called safegard and is very safe to use. You can get the tablets for dogs* or liquid for goats*. Make sure you understand dosing which is provided in the breeder course.
#5 Typically wait until the second heat cycle to breed your female Frenchie.
Larger breeds typically need to wait longer but smaller ones are finished growing at a younger age. I have read from several vets specializing in breeding that’s it’s better to be young and done than it is to spread out breeding over time. Frenchies typically can have 2-4 litters depending on how their uterine horns look. Ask your vet at each c-section if your girl can have another litter. I do no more than 4 litters and my girls are retired before 5 years old.
#6 Once your have your genetic testing results back schedule a meeting with us to be matched to a male.
We are growing and adding in quality studs around the country. This is important because we can have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pick options for you in case there is an issue and there often can be. We will sit down with you to determine your goals for breeding and match you to the appropriate male. Right at this moment text me at 719-308-7444 to schedule a meeting.
There are additional recommendations on what to do to get your female prepared for breeding in the breeder program. We’d love for you to join us there.
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