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Breeding on three legs?
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Kinsham, Tewkesbury, UK
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24 November 2010 - 5:17 am
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Jack has his front left leg missing due to a car accident, will he still be able to breed? My concern is that Jack will struggle with clasping the female's loin. Thanks.

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24 November 2010 - 1:53 pm
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Hi Jack, thanks for joining us.

This question was answered by our resident vet, Dr. Wiltzius, earlier this year. In summary, what she said was:

"I do not think that this is a good idea, especially in a large breed
dog. The added weight of all of the pups would probably cause increased
stress on the remaining legs."

What kind of dog is Jack?

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24 November 2010 - 3:24 pm
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Jack is a male, correct? Based on what I have seen three legged dogs do I can't imagine how breeding would pose much of a problem for him. That said, I have never seen a tripawd mating.

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24 November 2010 - 3:35 pm
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Jack's a Jack Russell Terrier.

The female has all four legs so there's nothing to worry about there, I hope!

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24 November 2010 - 3:45 pm
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I'm no vet but if everything else is a go then it should be okay. That is if breeding is what you want to do. It's a lot of work. I love Jack Terriers. Lots of attitude! smile

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24 November 2010 - 4:02 pm
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Welcome Jack's family,

What happened that he is three legged?

I would definitely get advice from your vet.  If Jack has congenital issues, you wouldn't want to pass on any genetic defects.

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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24 November 2010 - 4:12 pm
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DUH!  Sorry I just re-read your post. 

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She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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