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April 23, 2012
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How to Socialize an Older Dog with a New Puppy

How to Socialize an Older Dog with a New Puppy

I have a mellow, neutered, male 12 year old mix breed, medium sized house dog and recently acquired a new female puppy. Is it alright to let the old dog correct the pup with growls and barks when she pesters him or jumps up on him? He wants nothing to do with the puppy and usually walks away from her. He is tolerant of sharing his bed if she lies quietly beside him. The pup doesn't always get the message, however, and continues to bug him until he gets up and goes to another spot.

April 23, 2012   |   4 Minutes, 52 Seconds

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Question: I have a 7 year old female that has never had a litter, is she too old to breed for her first time?


I am trying to determine whether I should breed a healthy German Shepherd female we own. We have bred German Shepherds for 20 years but only have a litter every few years. We have an excellent female we have raised since a puppy from excellent German working lineage. Time has gotten away from us and by the time she will be whelping her puppies she will be 7+ years old. She is third generation from our breeding program and if not breed we will loose that lineage. She has never before had a litter. Do you think she is to old to breed to?

Another consideration is she has a umbilical hernia about the size of a quarter that feels like it is filled with fat. I've read up quite a bit on the genetic versus mother biting off the umbilical cord to close topic. What do you think? Her mother had two litters with no other hernias.

Thanks for the help


I just went through this decision making with one of my own females that is 7 ½ and had never been bred… I decided that the risks to my 7 year old dog wasn’t worth getting a litter from her. You may come to a different conclusion than I did, which is fine.

If you want to go ahead and breed her, I’d make sure to have her in excellent physical shape and have her looked over by a qualified reproduction specialist prior to breeding.

Good luck with whatever decision you make!

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Breeding.


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