I would love to answer your questions so I am going to answer one at a time, I am on my iPod so I can't go back n forth.
The initial investment on a litter is very high. Unless you are what I call a "big breeder" (someone who breeds 5-10 bullies a year or more) and consistently have big litters, of course they are making money-- lots of it!!!
A lot of breeders do whatever to cut costs as well. This is on the moms and puppies, therefore not raising healthy puppies. Like feeding junky dog food for example.
For someone to do this for "just one litter, I want to keep a puppy" or "I want to make some money" it is certainly NOT worth it. There are numerous factors involved that should be looked into before even considering it. Who is going to perform the c section? Who is going to do the artificial insemination? Who is going to give the shots? X-rays? Who are you paying to be the stud? Is your bulldog healthy? Has your bulldog ever had any genetic issues? Does your bulldog resemble the standard set forth by the BCA? Would the stud being used help improve the faults of the Dam and vice versa?
The average sized litter of bulldogs is about 4-5. So the chances are just as high to have 2 as they are to have 7.
Many who breed also show, so to get a Ch bulldog is a huge investment as well.
It also depends highly on having a mentor and the little things that cannot be written but only experienced. I just had a litter of two and one of the puppies ended up getting an abcess that cost over $1,000 to get surgery and all the vet visits. So yeah, we did not really make anything or certainly not much for 12 weeks of hard work because it is the same to do for 2 as it is for 5, just less poop. And we had 90% of our supplies already so if we would have had to buy those, we would have lost a lot!
So basically there is a lot of factors involved. If I evened it out we have probably only made a couple thousand per litter, if even that, because we paid numerous stud fees where it did not take (no puppies).
#2. Yes it is a HUGE risk. What is needed to do it confidently is a vet whom you trust with your bulldogs life. How many c sections have they preformed in the past? Do they allow you to be there while the delivery takes place? Do they make you sign no fault death papers? Do you feel confident to know the signs of when it is time? Can you be with your girl 24/7 to make sure she is doing well? When you did the artificial insemination how many times was it done? The more times the larger the window becomes fir delivery.
#3. I trust my vet, took me two years to have another litter after the first one. The first vet was slow and ignorant, and it cost 6 puppies their life. I also love raising the puppies. I enjoy each minute I get to spend with them, and I love to hold them, and keep in touch with them after they leave. I am more of a hobbyist and have an obsession with bulldogs, and my favorite part of my day is stalking facebook profiles of my puppy owners. My kids love it also and I enjoy teaching them about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to raising and starting a good foundation for them. When I get new photos they all come running to see them. It is something we all do together as a family.
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