Our local shoot captain has advised us to take a litter of puppies from her as it will help slow things down and make her a lot steadier. What are your views of this and what advice could you give as we are total novices when it comes to breeding puppies?

Mark Whitehouse says:
Having a litter of puppies can be a great experience, but occasionally it can also become very complicated.

Check out all avenues first and this will help minimise any surprises.

There is no medical evidence to prove that having a litter of puppies will slow things down with your spaniel bitch.

I have had a few litters of my own and never has this affected my dogs’ performances or ever slowed them down when they return back to full fitness.

Being a very competitive person I personally will only breed a litter of puppies with the intent to improve the breed, that is, I will try and breed something that is better than what I already have.

Planning ahead – make sure you have got the time to rear a litter of