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If your dog has a litter of puppies(once), does that make you a backyard breeder?

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I ask this because I asked a question about our litter of pups, and this lady didn't even answer my question but instead called me an idiot backyard breeder. Oh, and it's not like we are going to sale the puppies. We are keeping two, going to give one to my sister, and the other to her friend. They are pugs.
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Some would say she should have been spayed shortly after she came out of season, pregnant or not. I volunteer with a group that does mass spay and neuter clinics and they'll do a spay even if the dog may be pregnant - because they still usually have 80 dogs, pups and cats to take back and foster and find homes for. Or at six months or so BEFORE she came into season if it was too much to keep them separated.

It's good that you have homes for the pups, but make sure mom, dad and all four are spayed or neutered before you have sixteen more pups to rehome!

For your sibe, talk to the breeder you got her from about breeding. There are members here that can also give you info, and there's clubs that would have the info on hip and eye clearances as well as whatever else you need for that breed.

And look up 'littermate syndrome' on here and the web and read up. I wouldn't suggest keeping littermates, it can be done but it's a lot more work and risk. Also applies to keeping an entire litter of pups!

So yes, you are a 'byb', because you had a litter without planning or thought or health clearances. If you didn't know the basic boy+girl=puppies...... here's your sign. Just spent a month on 'crate and rotate because I have two intact girls and one boy. No puppies though and I've had intact dogs of both sexes almost all the time for the last 15 years.
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