For the last year I have been considering stepping back from breeding Pugs and French bulldogs. I have only ever had 2 French bulldog litters for sale, 1 in 2016 and 1 in 2020. So it is not like I am breeding many litters per year. Also Pugs i have had 2-4 puppies available per year. Ive kept it small because I like to enjoy every moment.
I am having this year 2021 a litter with Sabrina before I take a step back, and Pugs are much better bred younger and then retired than older. The Pug club state a Pug can have a litter at 18 months or the 3rd season. She has now had a years gap between her first litter, so we can now think about a 2nd litter from her.
Ive got to say I've loved every moment of breeding Pugs, as they are comical creatures. Again I would never be with out one. They are my cuddle dogs for the days I do not feel well. I have to say that Frankie my first Pug pulled me through some of my most difficult days, when I was coming to terms with the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and auto immune disease. Being smaller they are easier to care for as adults. But rearing Pugs is difficult and you can loose them so easily. Also with vet bills rising as they have done, it makes it an expensive hobby to produce just one pug.
I hope to have one final French bulldog litter from Cookie. She had one previous litter of 1, and I kept him. I mated her on her last season but she didn't fall pregnant. Dogs do not always ovulate every season. But this time we hope she will ovulate and we have chosen a red fawn dog. From totally different blood lines to what we have. Fingers crossed it all goes well.
I am so concerned at the moment with the dreadful breeding of French bulldogs going on that I have got very disheartened with the breed. The breed is in a big mess.
The Show folk are fabulous and doing everything they can to try and get the breed back on track, by pushing health testing and breeding only recognised colours. If you want to buy a puppy please do go to the breed clubs for advice.
I think if I step back and have a good think what to do its the right thing to do. I shall concentrate on my HPR breeds for the next couple of years.
Mrs Rachel Savage