|Written by Lisa Cinciripini|
|Wednesday, 20 August 2008 23:18|
Breeding / Reproduction Issues with the Neapolitan Mastiff
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a regal and noble dog with a rich history. All who consider undertaking reproduction of this breed should pause and consider your motives and desired outcomes. We do not need any more "pet quality" Neapolitans in the world, a female does not "need" to have a litter of puppies. If you are convinced that your female and male are healthy and have somethine unique to contribute to the breed then perhaps breeding is the choice. If you are looking to simply experience a litter of puppies then perhaps you should contact a breeder and see if you can volunteer to assist them with whelping.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is frequently a difficult to breed and whelp dog. Your first step is to locate a veterinarian who is an animal reproduction specialist referred to as a "theriogenologist". Many general practice veterinarians enjoy reproduction and may consider themselves as having special interest in reproduction but a true reproduction specialist is a theriogenologist and will be registered with the Society of Theriogenology. You can visit the Society site and search for a Certified Reproduction Specialist in your area.
Beginning with a Certified reproduction veterinarian from the start will cost you more in the beginning but will save you tons in the end. Your reproduction veterinarian will do a pre-breeding exam on both the male and female and discuss timing and insemination options with you.
A few considerations prior to breeding are:
Rearing Neapolitan Mastiff Puppies
Neapolitan Mastiff mothers are frequently reluctant to undertake the task and even enthusiastic mothers can accidently kill or injure puppies if left unsupervised. During the first 3 weeks, Neapolitan newborns require 24 hour supervision and frequently will require supplemental feeding. It is critical that you research canine husbandry and understand the basic fundementals of rearing newborn puppies. Puppies can die so very easily from simple environmental influences such as a draft in the room, too hot or too cold, or drops in blood sugar from lack of feeding or insufficient feeding. The risk of death to the mother are also great; c-section deliveries are most common, mastitis, post uterine infection, milk fever, etc.
ATIMANA 2002 Neapolitan Mastiff selection: inbreeding and fertility analysis of the Italian Registry from 1974 to 2001.
BREEDING A LITTER by Beth Harris
CANINE REPRODUCTION by Phyllis Holst
PUPPY INTENSIVE CARE: A BREEDER'S GUIDE TO CARE OF NEWBORN PUPPIES by Myra Savant-Harris
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 05:12|