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Old 07-11-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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I am planning to breed my Chihuahuas so that hopefully we can have another gorgeous dog and my mother can also.

my female is almost 3 years old and my male 2 years old so they are at a perfect age. I have not tried to breed them before and usually keep them apart when the female is in season. However my female is usually backing up on male and trying to get him to mate her regardless.

Now we have descided to breed the pair she does not seem interested in him, she came into heat wednesday so is it just the case that shes not ready to mate with him yet?

is it true she will not mate until she is 12 days into her heat? or is there another explantion as i am hearing all different things from every book or site i have been on.

both my chihuahuas are very healthy and fine examples of the breed and have regular health checks.

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Old 07-11-2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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I heard it is best to breed 1st and 3rd week. But, I am not a breeder. So I can't help ya
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both my chihuahuas are very healthy and fine examples of the breed and have regular health checks.
Really? How do you know? Have you had them judged by an uninterested third party like a judge in the conformation ring?
Also Health checks are not the same as screening for genetic health defects. Do you know what genetic diseases you should be testing for in the Chi??
Have you BAER tested? CERF? Tested for Patellar Luxation and have you registered the results with the OFA?
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Here is a link that should help with many of your questions.

http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/whelping.html

Please keep in mind that chi's very often experience difficult deliveries and many of them require emergency c sections.

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The bitch is usually ready to stand and hold for the male to breed to her about ten to twelve days into the heat cycle. Start counting days at the first sign of any blood discharge from the vulva. Just remember that every dog is different regarding when she will allow breeding, so keep good records of everything you note regarding dates of first bloody discharge, how much discharge is occurring, how much swelling of the vulva is noticed, and the bitch's attitude and temperament. And here's an important note: You should mark the day you first see any discharge "day one"...however, you may have missed a few light flow days. In these cases, what you are calling "day one" may really be day three, four or five! So, when do you bring the male to her for breeding? Do not wait until the tenth day; bring the male to her a few days ahead of time because if she's ready you better breed her now! She will let you know if your timing is right by her willingness or unwillingness to stand for the male. If she's ready, regardless of what number day it is, she will crook her tail off to one side, stand in front of the male, and even back into the male. Just because we think she should breed on a certain day has no influence on her hormonal levels. Try to get the bitch and stud together a number of days and times earlier than that tenth day of bloody discharge. Another good guideline as to when to breed is that often the discharge will turn from a dark, bloody color to a more lighter, almost tan color.
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Really? How do you know? Have you had them judged by an uninterested third party like a judge in the conformation ring?
Also Health checks are not the same as screening for genetic health defects. Do you know what genetic diseases you should be testing for in the Chi??
Have you BAER tested? CERF? Tested for Patellar Luxation and have you registered the results with the OFA?

yes i have had them screened for genetic health defects i am taking the breeding very seriously and do not want to have a litter of pups that may have health problems. I know the history of both my dogs as i also did not take buying my dogs lightly.

i understand that Chihuahuas may have to have a c section, my male is very tiny in contrast to my female i know this does not stop the risk of my bitch having a difficult but my vet has explained that it helps.

i am not breeding my dogs for money so do not see the need to register the results. once or if a litter is produced i am thinkin of having my female spayed as this will prevent future problems.

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i am not breeding my dogs for money so do not see the need to register the results. once or if a litter is produced i am thinkin of having my female spayed as this will prevent future problems.
Making the results available has nothing to do with wanting to make money from a litter. It shows a prospective buyer that you actually completed the testing - not just say you did.
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JMO as I really hate to see litters put on the ground for the reasons you are stating. If you really want to get another gorgeous dog and one for your mom, why don't you purchase a pup from a reptuable breeder?

Personally I would never risk losing my dog to a pregnancy just for a pup. I know there are awesome breeders out there putting quality pups on the ground. I know we have some here on this forum. It will take a lot of time and cost a lot of money to bring a great litter into this world.

I personally find it easier to spay and buy or adopt.
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Yes,it costs money to OFA them but it's well worth it.It will also ease the prospective buyers that you are a serious breeder and will protect you from them if there's a health problem.
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If you are looking to have just one more dog, why not just purchase another one like dlambertz said? It would probably be a lot easier than having to go through the whole process of breeding your own dogs.
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If you and your mom each want a new puppy it would be much easier and less complicated; physically (for the dogs), emotionally, and financially (for you and your mother) to find a good breeder and purchase a happy, healthy, well socialized puppy.

You wouldn't have the health worries of possible emergency c-section, pyometria, mastitis, hypoglycemia, puppy shots, worming etc.

By the way did you know that the mother should be up to date on her vaccinations before breeding and should have been wormed prior to breeding?
It's too late to do those things now.

You would also be spared the possible heartache of losing new born puppies due to lack of knowledge or inherited health problems. There's also the consideration of what to with the rest of the puppies if she has more than two. Are you prepared to put puppies you've raised from birth into the hands of complete strangers?

You'd also have the knowledge of an experienced breeder to fall back on if any problems should crop up later on.

The do-it-yourself fad shouldn't extend to breeding dogs. There's no Home Depot for novice breeders to go to for advice once they mess up.
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