So, after researching extensively to find the information stating that breeding a bitch every heat cycle was better for both the dam and the puppies, without result, I e-mailed Iams regarding the research cited on the North Country Kennels webpage. This is the message I sent on their "contact us" page:
"I am looking for research Iams has done regarding benefits of
breeding every heat in dogs"
This was their reply:
"Thank you for taking the time to write. I wish I could assist you with your
inquiry. However, this is not really our area of expertise."
For the full letter, please e-mail me
Also, if you are from North Country Kennels, and can supply a link to or hard copy of the research, I'd be more than happy to look at it, just use the e-mail link above.
As it stands, this is just one more example of the lengths to which puppy mills will go to convince you that they are NOT a puppy mill. No way would they condone the evil puppy mills do, and that they are a fine, upstanding place to get a well bred puppy. Don't fall for it. Rescue one of the many dogs or puppies out there who is desperate for a home, or find a person who breeds for the love of their favorite breed, who lives to produce the most perfect example of that breed possible, who sleeps next to the whelping box lest one of their precious babies gets accidentally smothered by mom, who goes to great lengths to raise a happy, healthy puppy, and who actually CARES that their little baby is going to an appropriate home where it will be loved and cared for the rest of it's life.