How many litters does a breeder have to have before being considered an experienced breeder?
They should have bred at least one good litter that they can brag on. This will gain them credibility.
They should have had at least one litter that looked great on paper but turned out to be a disaster. This will teach humility.
They should have held (God forbid!) at least one deformed puppy and wept as it slipped into the calm, silent quiet of death.
This will provide the heart to be very careful to do everything possible to not see it again.
They should have studied the lines and the traits and the greats and the problems each has produced and read all the books
they can get their hands on. This will give them knowledge.
Last of all, they should have consulted the greats in the breed and never, never consider themselves to be experienced
breeders. They are then, possibly, experienced breeders.
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•"cherry eye" -- prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid
•stenotic (narrow) ear canals
•bacterial ear infections
•yeast over growth
•bite problems -- most commonly, an overbite
•inflammatory bowel disease
•lip fold pyoderma
•skin fold pyoderma
•allergic skin disease -- alleric inhalant dermatitis, food allergy, insect allergy, contact allergy, etc.
•luxating patellas -- "loose" kneecaps
•anterior cruciate ligament rupture
•immune - mediated kidney disease
•mast cell tumor
•Familial Shar-Pei Fever (FSF)
•abscesses -- bite wounds, other •IgA deficiency
•Primary Multiple Immunodeficiency Syndrome of Shar-Pei