I have a bitch lab that I am planning to breed in the near future after she passes the eye-elbow-hip check. My question is if there is an advantage to a spring vs fall/winter breeding? I want to get max. hunting with my dog and I also want to to get the pups of on the best foot if there is a difference in the time of year they are born.
I am leaning toward the fall breeding b/c I could hunt with her next fall and she would have all winter to go through the birth and all that. Additionally my impression is that puppies born in the winter are a little more suited to the elements, but that is a completely subjective opinion that I can't back up at all. I was hoping some of you might have a better feel for this.