I have a female yorkie-poo that is 6 months old. I want to know if anyone can tell me when dogs like that or any dog is supposed to get their "period" is that's what you call it. Also if anyone can tell me when the best time is to breed a dog. One other thing: I heard that the medical history of the mother of the dog has a great deal to do with how the pup will come out.. i wanted to know if that was true.. because when i got my dog at first she had a cold.. then she had another cold.. and then she caught pneumonia.. i had to put her in a hospital for 2 weeks and she looked terrible when i went to visit her. After that when i got her back i started to see that she was still breathing very hard.. so i took her to the vet again and she had 104 fever.. Ever since i got her she has been sick non-stop.. she is still breathing hard but i guess there is nothing i can do.. i just wanted to know if the reason she was so sick all the time is maybe because her mom was??
"I have a female yorkie-poo that is 6 months old. I want to know if anyone can tell me when dogs like that or any dog is supposed to get their "period" is that's what you call it." Dogs can go into heat as early as six months.
"Also if anyone can tell me when the best time is to breed a dog." I wouldn't breed a mutt. Any other dog, wait until their 3rd heat.
"One other thing: I heard that the medical history of the mother of the dog has a great deal to do with how the pup will come out.. i wanted to know if that was true.. because when i got my dog at first she had a cold.. then she had another cold.. and then she caught pneumonia.. i had to put her in a hospital for 2 weeks and she looked terrible when i went to visit her. After that when i got her back i started to see that she was still breathing very hard.. so i took her to the vet again and she had 104 fever.. Ever since i got her she has been sick non-stop.. she is still breathing hard but i guess there is nothing i can do.. i just wanted to know if the reason she was so sick all the time is maybe because her mom was??" I am not sure what might be wrong with her considering she is a mutt she could have developed problems from generation to generation..regardless, take her to the vet!! now!!!! Good luck.
Small dogs generally come into heat at about 6-12 months.
It doesn't sound like your bitch is healthy. Breeding unhealthy bitches will only mean unhealthy puppies. Not to mention, that she is a mixed breed.
A dog should be at least two years old to be bred. At two you can have all the necessary health tests done.
Many things can go wrong in the pregnancy. Do you have the time and money to raise a litter? Raising a litter consists of paying for all the health tests, feeding the mom and pups(that means a good food...no purina, etc), vet bills for the mom and pups, extra money set aside incase of complications such as needing a c-section, having the time incase you lose the mom while in labor, etc etc etc. Raising puppies is no game and should only be done by people that have tons of experience(or a mentor with tons of experience) and have healthy, well-tempered dogs that are good examples of the breed.
Have you ever considered spaying your little female? There are many advantages. You will no longer have to worry about protecting her from males while she is in heat, about the mess, and any type of ovary cancers!
No dog should be bred before it is 2 years old, they go into heat generally between 6 and 9 months of age but this is not the time to breed them. I'd compare it to a 12 year old girl who's having her first menstrual period getting pregnant. The body and mind are not mature. Wait until they're 2 years or older, and make sure that the eyes are CERFed and the knees and elbows are OFAed as normal.
If your dog is constantly sickly, then you really should not be breeding her at all. Her health conditions could come from her mother, or her father, or both, and possibly be the result of a weakened autoimmune system. And she could pass her poor health to her offspring, making them just as sickly over all as she is.
In addition, if she is as sick as you say, getting pregnant and having a litter of puppies could litterally kill her. And the offspring. As she is a mixed breed dog of dubious bloodlines, why breed her anyway? She will be happier and healthier as a spayed housepet.
really... wow.. im so upset i really wanted to "breed" her... And why do you have to wait till a dog is 2 years old? I have heard of many people who mate their dogs wayyyy before that.. I took my dog to the vet and he just gives me medicine..which costs a bunch.. and it just comes back.. is it possible that she has asthma?? I think i will spay her because i dont want her to die thats first of all and i dont want any more sick pup to be born... Oh well... Im probably going to ask my vet if she can handle being pregnant.. thnx for your comments
As someone else said earlier, breeding a 6-9 mo old dog is like letting a 12 year old get pregnant. Most likely there would be more complications than normal, the bitch may even discard the puppies(I've had a bitch that was bred at 11 months do this), and that means you may have to bottle feed all of them(nine in my case).
She is only nine years old. She was first bred when she was about 10 months old. After that first breeding she had about 4-5 other litters. Breeding at such a young age and multiple times will do this to a dog....:-(
Even more reason to spay your female. *Big grin* SHe will stay prettier longer into her old age!
what would the testing tell me about my dog? and lets say its says that the tests come out ok.. should i still mate her?? I really want to mate her but if everyone is telling me that she might die or her pups might be sick then i will 100% not do it.. thnx for your input :)
Cece--We can't tell you for sure that she would die....it is a possibility, even with healthy dogs! BUT, if you are already telling us that she is unhealthy, it would most likely be in your little girls best interest not to be bred. Pregnancy can and will put alot of stress on the body, specifically for sick dogs.
Someone else pointed out something very good. Although we'd love to see your girl spayed,...if she is not the healthiest, spaying could be out of the question. Talk to your vet about it.
Here are some links about responsible VS. irresponsible breeding: Breeding
My vet told me that she just got sick because maybe i left her in the a.c. and she was too young and she is veryy skinny.. but i remember leaving her in the a.c. overnight once.. and that was long before she caught pneumonia.. i dont know... i really wanted to mate her.. i guess ill just havwe to wait to see what the vet has to say about it..
I also have another question to ask.. My yorkie-poo weighs about 6 lbs. and she look very thin and everyone who sees her tells me that she is way to skinny.. even the vet.. but i try to feed her 3 times a day so she should gain weight... but the funny thing is that she doesnt eat unless someone is eating too.. and my family isnt home enough for that.. i feed her in the morning and then i leave for work and when i get back her food is still in her bowl.. when i sit down to eat she then eats.. but that mean that she only eats 2 times a day.. and that isnt enough.. she is tooo skinny.. any ideas what i can do.... and another thing is.. she doesnt like treats... she just likes her food or bread.. and thats when she is hungry.. usaully dogs eat all the time... i can give her something off the table like chicken and she wont eat it... very weird..
First of all - just because people breed their dogs young doesn't mean they SHOULD. Usually these people are uneducated and don't know anything about breeding dogs. They are doing it because someone else they knew did it - again without doing any research. Breeding is hard work, takes lots of time, and may cost you MUCH MUCH more then you could ever make selling the puppies.
Everything with dogs is genetic - health AND temperament. So any of your dogs little quirks that make you worry (her sickness, her eating habits) can and probably will pass on to her puppies. The ideal breeding dog is just that - ideal. I personally won't breed a dog that has any problems that annoy me, worry me, or might cost me money because I am constantly thinking about what the puppy's potential families may have to deal with.
Being Pregnant and Nursing puppies takes A LOT out of a female dog. This is why it's risky to breed an unhealthy dog. If you breed her, her colds/asthma may get worse - in fact, they probably will because her body will be re routing most of her nutritional intake to support her puppies and make her milk. Young dogs have trouble with having puppies because their bodies are still developing and their bodies need all the nutrition and energy they have to finish maturing and developing. You can stunt her growth, and ruin her health by breeding her too early.
Females also need to be old enough, and emotionally developed enough to be able to emotionally handle having puppies. I know someone who bred their female sheltie at 12 months old and the girl would have NOTHING to do with her puppies for the whole first week after the puppies were born. The "breeder" had to hold the mother down in the whelping box so she would nurse the puppies, had to watch her round the clock to make sure she didn't get aggressive with any of the pups, and had to clean the pups and stimulate them to go to the bathroom because newborns can't poop or pee on their own for the first 10-14 days. After a week, the female dog caught on, but by then the "breeder" was dead tired and REALLY regretted breeding her dog.
Unless you have done A LOT of research into breeding AND you have a very healthy dog I recommend not breeding. And I don't always trust vets opinions. Most vets have never bred a dog. Most vets don't know much about your breed of dog. And some vets live in the midset that there is nothing wrong with every dog having a litter of puppies (the older ones). They also think all dogs should be able to do everything on their own. Not true with a lot of breeds. If you look into Yorkies and Toy Poodles they both have a tendecy to have whelping problems - especially Yorkies, so I personally say that your dog would not be best bred by an amature. If you do decide to breed her - do your homework first. Make a list of 10 things that might go wrong and count on at least 3 of them happening.