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CKC Studbooks Chart 1 How Many Litters for a Dam is Too Many?

The following chart, with statistics taken from the Canadian Kennel Club Studbooks between 2011-2015, shows that 8 litters within 5 years were born to this dam from a Canadian Havanese Kennel:



2011-2015 CKC Studbook Statistics


1 - 2010

1 - 2011

2 – 2012

(Note a singleton litter born 2/24/2012)





This means that this dam was bred on almost every cycle over the five-year period under investigation.


It will be necessary to access the 2010 and 2016 Studbooks to get a more complete picture of these statistics. An updated chart will be posted when the 2016 CKC studbook is released.


International regulations:



The regulations in the Dutch Kennel Club can be found @


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Regels Basisreglement Welzijn & Gezondheid / Basic well-being and health rules


Section 4 states the following: Een teef mag niet meer worden gedekt na de dag waarop haar vijfde nest is geboren.


A bitch is not allowed to be mated anymore after her fifth litter.




United Kingdom

The regulations in the Kennel club can be found @


In the UK/KC: 4 litters in a lifetime for a dam. 



Canadian and American Regulations- CKC and AKC

Canadian Kennel Club  - No policies in the policies and procedures bylaws for limiting numbers of litters in a lifetime for a dam:


American Kennel Club  - No policies on limiting number of litters over a lifetime for a dam:


There are no regulations mandating number of litters in a lifetime for a dam in the CKC or the AKC.



The number of litters in a lifetime for a purebred dam is a basic well-being and health issue as noted in the Dutch rules.






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