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So, Dilly Delly is in season (so it seems...looks like a bit of swelling is starting)...probably day 2, so the house isn't in an uproar yet.

I e-mailed the co-owner today and she left it up to me whether or not to breed this heat cycle, and I opted not to.

She's not UTD on shots (Distemper etc, that'll be done soon...they shoulda been done before she came >.<), and I don't feel comfortable with her carrying a litter when she's so skinny (That would be the primary reason for waiting another four months).

So, it looks like we're going to be having late late winter/early spring puppies. She should come into season again around October/November, breed her then whelp January/February with puppies going home in April (maybe May?) (if I've done my math right...my math skills are seriously poor).
 

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As much as we would all love to see your first litter, you should do whatever you feel comfortable with, and your decision seems to make sense. Jan/Feb puppies are wonderful too! Hooray!

PS. Do you have a website? I'd love to see it. PM me the address if you'd rather not advertise it.
 

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I pm'd it to you :)

If she were in better weight, I think she'd be bred this heat. Her physical condition in terms of muscle tone and what not are just fine, but I can't have a litter of 2-12 puppies feeding off a 60 pound bitch that should be 6-8 pounds heavier.
 

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Delphi is 2. She'll be 3 on August 17th. Tag will be 9 this month
 

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Boys don't have to- there were still occasional live-cover litters being bred from a prominant Cardigan sire as late as 15, or so I have been told. (he's 17 now and still getting around pretty good.) Fertility goes WAY down but it's not BAD for them or anything.
 

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An East German GSD, Asko von der Lutter, did a live cover at age 13 that I believe resulted in 7-9 puppies. He died not too long after the breeding, but he was still fertile and the puppies were viable and extremely strong when born.
 
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