male dog was brought to SAWS with multiple stab wounds. He had been attacked in the act of mating by the angry owner of the female dog.
You would think the dog would have fled after one stab wound and he probably tried, but nature prevented him. The stabbing was an act of savage cruelty inflicted by an ignorant dog owner.
Many dog owners have no understanding of the science of dog reproduction and this lack of understanding has resulted in extremely cruel treatment of mating dogs. To safely keep an animal in your home and garden, you should understand something about its physical and mental make-up.
Dogs are mammals and all mammals reproduce sexually with slight variations depending on the species. In wild dogs, mating occurs once a year to ensure that pups are born in spring when food is plentiful. Domestic dogs have been selectively bred for thousands of years to produce the 500 breeds recognised today.To make breed production easier, breeders have selected for fast and early breeders.
In domestic dogs sexual maturity (puberty) occurs between six to 12 months for both males and females, although this can be to two years of age for some large breeds. Reproduction in domestic male dogs is not cyclical and they
Aare receptive to mating at any time. Females can come into estrus (breeding condition) at any time of the year and usually twice a year. Estrus cycles are about every six months through to old age. Female dogs do not experience menopause, although their cycles will become irregular and fertility becomes unpredictable with age.
We have created dog breeding machines one breeding female and her offspring can produce 67 000 dogs in six years!
The first stage of the female reproductive cycle is proestrus, which lasts about nine days. Eggs in the ovaries begin to mature and estrogen levels begin to rise. During this stage, males are attracted but females are not receptive. Estrus is the next stage in which estrogen levels are high, mature eggs are released from ovaries and the females become receptive to mating. It is only during estrus that mating will result in pregnancy. Proestrus and estrus can last anywhere from five to 21 days.
During the female’s proestrus and estrus cycles, males from miles around can detect her scent. Dogs can smell a thousand times better than humans. Males will gather when a female is in heat. Keeping an estrus female safe for 21 days every six months is almost impossible.
Male canids have a unique reproductive feature which locks the mating pair together for five to 20 minutes but sometimes longer. During this time the dogs cannot separate. Pulling them apart will cause serious injury and extreme pain to both dogs.
Dogs will make every attempt to breed when driven by their hormones. Being locked up for a large part of their lives to prevent breeding is cruel and unnecessary.
Sterilisation is the easy solution. Sterilised dogs do not wander in search of mates, they do not fight over mating rights, they do not contract any of the host of nasty STIs that kill many reproductive dogs. The unwanted stray population will decrease, making rabies less of a threat. Owners with fewer dogs can afford to care for them properly.
Swaziland has a huge stray dog population with corresponding rabies, dog attack and cruelty problems. We do not need any more dogs! The only reliable way to prevent more puppies is
Don’t be cruel to mating dogs. Be a responsible owner and …
Sterilise all dogs by six months old.