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Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: St. Paul, MN
Dogs Name: Radar
Titles: King of the couch
Dogs Age: DOB July 29, 2017
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You came to the right place, but be prepared to hear some things you may not like.
First of all, I'll address the pups. 13? That's crazy. You are gonna need a lot of help in the coming weeks. I would contact your vet right away (before you go in) and ask their opinion on what you should do, and if the pups will need milk supplementation. To get all the pups to have a chance to nurse, you could try feeding in shifts. When momma lays down to nurse the puppies, notice which pups get in there to eat first. Once they are done (will probably fall asleep), you could try placing them in an ex-pen or something so that the others have a chance to get fed. I've read that sometimes the momma will know which pups aren't getting milk, and will wait for the others to fall asleep, then move somewhere else to feed the ones who didn't get a chance. All of this will depend on how your bitch is with her puppies. Is she really protective? Will she allow you or your family near the pups? Also - what kind of environment do you have mom and babies in? Are they in your house? Is the dad around or separated?
Second - You really should get at least one of your dogs spay/neutered as soon as possible. Everything may turn out just fine with this litter, but simply putting two dogs together is not an ethical or responsible breeding practice. So much more goes into planning a breeding than size of your dogs. If breeding is something you want to pursue, you should stick around and do some reading, and look into getting into confirmation and or dog sports, and putting titles on your dogs, as well as all recommended health testing. It would also be wise to find a mentor in the responsible breeding community that can help you with all of this. But first, one or both of your dogs needs to be fixed so that this does not happen again. It is up to you to be responsible enough that your dogs aren't just pumping out puppies after each heat - if you cannot keep them separated, then action needs to be taken to prevent future litters. There are already enough unwanted dogs in the world, and breeding non-health tested dogs has much higher potential for disasters.
You will probably need help finding good homes for all 13 pups as well - your vet or a local doberman rescue organization can probably help with this. Do try to refrain from using broker sites (kijiji (sp?), akc puppy finder, craigslist, facebook, etc) to place the puppies, because you do not really know where these puppies will end up. You don't want them to wind up being part of a puppy mill, or with abusive or neglectful owners. Working with a professional agency that does screenings and home visits would be best for the pups. Also, do not let any of the pups go to homes before 8 weeks - it is illegal in many states (if you are in the US), and generally way too soon to separate them from their mother and siblings.
All these things aside, I really wish you the best with this litter. You are going to have your hands full, and I hope that this experience will teach you a lesson. What you need to do now is talk to a vet, and possibly connect with a rescue organization to figure out what these pups will need to thrive from this moment on.
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