Ok first you guys should be nice everyone has questions there first time breeding.
If its her first heat dont breed her you need to wate untill her 2nd at least and you need to make sure you will be ok with pups and be able to keep and care for any that you cant place in a new home. Make sure she is healthy and can handle having pups and make sure the male is smaller or the same size (if not the pups could be to big and kill her and all the pups could die). you should probly do alot of reading and find out all you can about the breed befor hand i dont know about that breed but diffrent breeds have diffrent problems If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will be happy to help my friend knows alot about the breed and i would be happy to call her and ask for you and also send you some links with info. doing anything the first time is ususaly hard and a little stressful.
Agin you guys should be nicer to people and give them the info they need to help them its not nice to tell someone not to do something just ebcause they dont know something didnt know you ahd to wate a heat befor you could breed a dog.
If they don't know this already they should NOT breed. This is why so many thousands of dogs are put to sleep every year. Don't you get it? Someone decides "ok I'll breed my dog because s/he's cute". They don't realize all the work and time and money it takes.
ONLY the best of the breed should be bred. Closest to breed standard. The dog should have champions in at least the last 3 generations. The dog should be genetically tested.
If you really want to breed I suggest you visit this site and answer all or most of the questions.
I feel the same way you do Monkey. I know there is a lot of good dogs that need homes out there, but if someone is asking a question someone should try and help. I my-self like asking questions so I know, then to do something and have no-ideal what I am doing and have nothing but problems. Any-ways like monkey said you dont want to breed her if this is her first heat. If it is not her first then when she is ready she will stand before the male and raise her tail and bend it to the side. To make sure she is pregnant you might want to breed her two days later with the same male. Good-luck ~*~ Krystal
P.S my beagle is due to have her pups any day now and I am going crazy worrying about her, so be ready for it :)
Well, it's like this... If someone came here and said "I'm bored with my dog. What is the best place to drop him off and where should I get a new puppy?" I couldn't in good conscience tell them the answers to that without first saying that I didn't think it was a good idea to dump your dog and get a new puppy. If I did, they might say Great! Thanks! and go do it.
Same scenario. Anyone who has to ask this knows not even the first thing about breeding, and if they are going to do it, they need to at least wait for a few years while learning everything they can. I think they shouldn't be bred before age 2 anyway. It's not even likely, since they probably don't show and probably didn't pick out the dog with an eye for exactly what the breed standard should look like and what the faults are, that the dog in question is even breeding quality. In that case, the honest not-rude answer would be never.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 8/9/2005 1:28:06 AM*** Reason: asdfasdfasdf
Does it seem to anyone else that shih tzus are getting REALLY popular these days? If you look in the local paper, there are tons of shih tzus, at least in my area. Maybe its just my imagination cause I own one and have been noticing it. When that happens, the breed usually goes to pot.
Dont breed your dog. If you knew one tenth of what you need to know about dogs and breeding, you wouldn't even be asking that question.
You're assumming the op got a pet quality dog from a reputable breeder and not a byb or pet shop. My parents just bought two male shih tzus from a byb, with no neuter clause. (against my advise, thank you) Luckily they are ok dogs so far, except one is cross eyed.