Covid-19 and… Breeding Puppies!

Even under the most perfect situations, we probably only breed a litter once a year (and sometimes less than that!) Our goal with breeding puppies has always been to “improve” upon the breed according the Golden Retriever breed standard. This really means that in each litter, my goal is to keep a puppy for the next up-and-coming show dog that will hopefully not only do well in the show ring but also embody the breed characteristics we all cherish in this breed… a good family dog from healthy parents (and grandparents); longevity; and of course, the typical great temperament known for in Golden Retrievers.

As everyone’s lives changed with the introduction of Covid-19, LOTS of things just changed! One of the biggest changes has been in vet care. Only emergency cases seen and even then, dogs (or a puppy) is handed off to a vet tech to be seen by the veterinarian. This is NOT always the best for mom & puppies but has been the way it is with social distancing and “shelter in place” directives. This is a huge reason why we have altered OUR future breeding plans until things are much more stabilized. Mainly for the good of mom and puppies-to-be.

7 beautiful puppies from a previous litter… I love all of them!

You always hope for that “perfect litter” where puppies are all well and are healthy. Unfortunately, that is what rarely happens. There always seems a need for vet assistance at some point in puppies first eight weeks with us (or even during mom’s pregnancy). I’m very fortunate that my repro vet is a personal as well as professional friend who takes great care of our dogs but… Why put mom or puppies through added stress/worry during unprecedented times of a global pandemic?

So in light of Covid 19 and “life”, our next litter won’t be until Spring 2021. We have plenty of time to make sure mom is fit and well to undergo the rigors of pregnancy. In the meantime, our dogs are being dogs. Ours (and their) “shelter in place” has included our staying up in the mountains hiking daily and chasing deer! All seem to have an incredible fascination with pine cones which can be found in abundance here.

Retrieving… a well loved game! “Throw the ball, mom!”

I know many have written and inquired about their next future companion (and I’ve tried to respond to each inquiry individually). So many great homes that have the time, space and heart for a puppy. I wish I could say I have a puppy for each deserving family right now but sadly, I do not.

While waiting or searching for your next perfect companion, I implore each family to stay safe and well. I know we all are not in the same boat but we are all in the same storm!