Do you have a pup by sophie that you kept?? IF you do then the bloodlines aren't lost and I would probably(maybe) have her broke. IF not I would try lowering the dose of meds and gradually wean her off them and see how she goes/does . Honestly I would do that regardless of breeding or not. Yuri has an umbical heyurnia but hasn't passed it to any of his kids so guess the kennel I got him from was right about something. They can be either genetic (then no breed) or from momma being to ruff on the pups at birth.
I do toes and tails on the pups second or third day. Still haven't decited on what length of tails I prefer. Other then I hate the really short ones
I have not kept any of our own pups twist, as we only have a single male. I have sold only one of her pups as a Breeder but it went well aways... all I can say to the tails, they have new laws in pa in the past few years
thumb or to a flagger if has the white, dont do front dews, let them as they are hunters and up here alot of duck and goose hunting on partially frozen waters. only rears are removed if they have them. they didnt have any rears this time.
there are NO laws in North Dakota as to docking. So I only have to follow the ACK rules. Out this was all the dew claws are removed I think mainly do to the very heavy brush/cover the dogs work through. That is what I did with the last litter took the tails just past the first batch of white on them. so the lengths were all over the place. How old is your male?? Springer that is