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July 28, 2009

Frequency of Breeding Female Dogs

The modern debate on the breeding management of bitches has reached fever pitch with public (and often uneducated) opinion raging for and against back to back breeding raging.  Click to read more about the reproductive physiology of female dogs. Beverley Manners July 2009

Is Beverley really calling ethical members of the public, trained professionals and State Government Legislators uneducated ?

Well Beverley has been ignoring the legislation for 15 years so I guess she presumes that she is the expert in this field and therefore above the law.

Here is the wording of the Victorian State Governments mandatory Code of Practice which has not changed since 1994 to refresh our minds.

Bitches must be at least twelve months of age before being mated and a bitch must not have more than two litters in any eighteen month period.

And lets not forget,

  • Rutlands Snuggles bred back to back from 10 months of age. Born Jan 2002, 1st litter -Jan 2003, 2nd litter 6 months later July 2003, 3rd litter 6 months later January 2004, 4th litter 5 months later June 2004, 5th litter 5 months later November 2004, 6th litter 5 months later April 2005 (one puppy born deformed) A total of 29 puppies.
  • Rutlands Shasta –  Born 11th August 2002 – Ist litter 7th June 2003 (mated before she was 8 months old) 2nd litter 24th Jan 2004, 3rd litter 1st Sept 2004, 4th litter 14th March 2005, 5th litter 25th Oct 2005, 6th litter 19th May 2006.

It’s a fact bitches bred back to back are at risk of prolapsed uterus’s and reproductive cancers. No reputable breeder would ever do this to their dog. Can you imagine how hard it is on the dog to whelp and nurse up to 10 puppies and then in a few months do it all again and again and again?

It all comes down to money that is why puppy farmers breed back to back and they will search the internet to justify their argument, even when the articles do not support back to back breeding , the commercial mind will only read the part they want to read. Here’s what the author of the article sent Beverley today.

From: Jane Barber
Sent: Tue, Jul 28, 2009 8:43 pm
Subject: my article

Hi. It has come to my attention that you have reprinted my article on your web site. Many people ask permission to do so and generally I have no problem with this. However, I have received a couple of emails that put you and your husbandry practices in a very negative light. Since I am unable to personally visit your operation and verify your conditions and practices, I must ask you to remove my article from your website. As a general point – I do not advocate breeding bitches prior to the age of two (when clearances can be obtained) and I think that 4 litters in a bitches lifetime is sufficient under most circumstances. If a breeder is truly breeding to “better the breed” and not just turn the bitch into a “cash cow,” then 4 litters should be plenty. If a breeder does not have something “better” to carry on their lines with by then, then t hey should critically evaluate their genetic selection practices.


Dr. Jane

Jane A. Barber DVM, MS, DACT
Veterinary Specialties at the Lake

Ask the pedophile and he will tell you he loves children – it’s still illegal and morally reprehensible

Ask the wife basher and he will tell you she deserved it– it’s still illegal and morally reprehensible

Ask the puppy farmer why they breed back to back and they will tell you its good for the dog- it’s still illegal and morally reprehensible

It is the line that you cross when, instead of working to support your breed, you ask it to support you.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa Ryan permalink
    July 28, 2009 11:06 am

    Beverley is there nothing you will not try to justify with your twisted rationale. Do you really think the buyers of your puppies are stupid and can’t read and interpret such an article. This article is about the cycle of reproduction and there are some statements included many reputable breeders would dispute. That aside, you have taken what is an article about the cycle of reproduction, and used it totally out of context to justify underage breeding and back to back breeding time and time and time again. It can’t be justified Beverley and that is why it is against the law. No reputable breeder will ever justify it. You are out on your own with this one Beverley and I am sure the Author of the article will be horrified to know that you are using her article to justify your puppy farm breeding practices.

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again – you have a very over inflated opinion of yourself, but most who actually do know something about dogs and the Codes Of Practice, and do actually love their dogs, find you to be nothing more than a greedy and cruel commercial puppy farm earning outrageous amounts of money for dogs.

  2. Silva permalink
    July 29, 2009 7:59 am

    Thank you Dr Barber for making your position crystal clear. There is no support for this barbaric overbreeding of bitches starting when they are little puppies.

    I wonder how many of Rutland Manor puppies are terrorised and forced into a mating when they are too immature to actually get pregnant or retain the pregnancy?

  3. Silva permalink
    July 30, 2009 2:52 pm

    I see another sad bitch is on the home page, I hope Rutlands Mrs Bean was not bred until extinction like Rutlands Lil Yogi Bean but she had a very hard life with Beverley.

    There is no Science in this “Breeding Research”, Rutland Manor, unless it is to see just how many puppies you can get out of one poor bitch if you don’t care what the law says and how much she suffers.

  4. heike permalink
    August 7, 2009 11:38 pm

    I have to say I read this article and value Dr. Barber opinion as she is an expert on breeding dogs.

  5. Silva permalink
    August 8, 2009 4:26 pm

    Heike, I am glad to see that you have an open mind and are prepared to accept Dr Barber’s judgement and her opposition to the constant breeding of bitches even when they are still puppies. Loyalty is a good thing but blind loyalty that can see no wrong even when it is staring one in the face has been the cause of a great deal of inhumanity.

    Responsible breeding starts with adult fully health tested bitches.. not 8 month old puppies yet to prove themselves. Responsible breeding may require 3 or occasionally 4 litters from a bitch not 6 or in fact as many as the bitch can physically produce before she is worthless as a breeding machine.

  6. heike permalink
    August 17, 2009 10:45 pm

    I have a question, if debarking is illegal in Australia, what Vet would do such a thing and risk losing his/her license? Why hasn’t RSPCA done anything about the underage breeding practices, did they or did they not visit as was told to us.

  7. Lisa Ryan permalink
    August 18, 2009 10:09 am

    Heike the RSPCA have not yet issued any report on the outcome of their investigation. The RSPCA with Police support/protection have apparently removed car loads of paperwork which will take time to evaluate and obviously can’t release any report until this part of their investigation is concluded. I can only assume that all the dogs were examined at the time of their most recent visit as well which only confirm a number of the concerns that have been raised about the condition of the dogs. I can only hope that for the many around the world that have paid outrageous amounts of money for special RM Labradoodles, that all the breeding records have been taken by the RSPCA as well for the Police and I have no doubt that some very interesting findings will also surface in due course regarding the pedigrees. Most of all however I like many others are praying that these beautiful dogs, be they Labradors, Poodles or whatever, are removed from the conditions and ongoing cruelty and that Beverley and her staff who have for years turned a blind eye to this charade are held to account through lawful processes. It would be my personal wish that Beverley Manners is never again allowed to own a dog and that her staff are banned from working in the industry that they have all profited so well out of. Perhaps their penance should be voluntary work in an RSPCA shelter.

  8. heike allison permalink
    August 20, 2009 11:09 am

    So agreed.

  9. Mary permalink
    August 28, 2009 1:27 pm

    I am just a small breeder who has one maybe 2 litters a years but I just wanted to comment on the comment made about the video of the 3 litters of puppies playing. The brown puppy humping the other pup is just a normal display of the more dominate pup in the litter when social status within the litter is trying to be established. Not sure what the poster meant by their comment about that display of behavior when they said..’That’s enough for me”. Surely hope they aren’t implying this pup is trying to mate with the other pup! Humping is only a sexual behavior when it involves 2 sexual mature dog and one is in heat. This display of behavior at another other time is nothing more than a display of dominance

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