Table 8 presents summary data from the Reproductive Information survey data. As indicated, there are 183 surveys in the database with a response that the individual had actually bred at least one litter during the survey period. Numerous respondents submitted blank forms, and they were not recorded in the database. Others indicated that they were not breeders and their forms were not recorded either. There were however 20 forms that contained some data that has been included in the database. However a look at the data suggests that they were really not active Scottie breeders because they did not produce any Scottie litters during the two year survey period. Although these surveys may be useful for some types of analysis, they should not be included in the analysis of the items reported in this table.
The data in Table 8 shows that the number of responses as well as the total number of litters and puppies produced have all declined since the 1995 survey. On the other hand, the survey appears to suggest that the breeders who are producing Scottie puppies are having litters of about the same size (avg. 4 puppies per litter) as was reported in 1995.
Table 9 reports on the numbers of Stud dogs and Brood Bitches owned by survey respondents. Just as the number of litters is down from 1995, so are the numbers of Stud dogs and Brood bitches.
Table 10 presents a comparison of data from 1995 and 2005 on how early bitches are bred, how many litters they have and an indication of how many C-Section deliveries are typically encountered. The average values in the table would be best interpreted as the average experience of these owners, and not necessarily the average situation with our bitches; as we know how many breeders responded to the question, but nothing about the number of Scotties that are involved. The other point is that the numbers and the frequency of C-Sections would appear to be lower on the 2005 survey, but the 34% rate seems high and it probably represents a significant health and financial concern for some.
Note: The age values in Table 10 are in years.
Tables 11 and 12 provide some insight into breeding issues that respondents have noted with their Brood bitches. Overall, these issues all appear to be declining.
Table 13 shows data from the two surveys in the area of Brood Bitch fertility (e.g. age of onset of their first season and the average frequency with which they have seasons). As with other areas of the survey that deal with average values, these are equally suspect. Future revisions of the Health Survey should consider asking for more specific data to include information on the numbers of dogs covered by each response to this type of question.
Note: The age values in Table 13 are in months.
Table 14 presents data on how people help their bitches in whelp and some average numbers pertaining to spay and neuter opinions. With respect to helping their bitches in whelp, the majority of the responses indicated that owners do provide some sort of assistance. The detailed survey data has more information on specific answers provided by each respondent, but this table offers some general information. The majority (74%) of those responses that said they offer help, answered the second question by providing details of the “self help” (e.g.non-professional) ways that they support the bitch. These comments ranged from offering moral support, to helping pull puppies, to specifics like cutting cords and helping puppies begin to breathe. Fewer responses (only about 15%) indicated that they rely strictly in professional services like a veterinarian or other trained staff.
Two different sets of numbers are shown for the average age at which people spay or neuter their breeding stock. Basically the first (lower age) value includes all of the responses for anyone that filled out the survey form. When looking at the survey data it was noteworthy that several responses had average ages in the 1 and 2 year range. If an animal is spayed or neutered at this age, it is questionable whether or not the animal was ever really part of a breeding program. So the second set of numbers excluded these low value responses from the calculations and therefore came up with a higher age. Again, these single responses from each survey have no data to indicate how many dogs are included in each answer. So it is really not proper to average these numbers. The best that can be said is that the average response offered by the survey respondents was that they spayed or neutered their breeding stock at these ages.
The final set of questions on the Reproductive Information survey form dealt with the three whelping problems. In all cases, the numbers of “Yes” responses was down over the previous survey. The 2005 data provides some insight into the variety of experience with each question because the table shows not only the number of “Yes” answers, but also the percentage of “Yes” answers to the total number of both “Yes” and “No” answers. (E.g. there were 113 Yes answers to the Stillborn question, but there were also 67 “No” responses. So the Yes answer represented 62% of all responses.