My male just started breeding with my female yesterday. what should I do to make sure I have healthy pups. And how many times should I let my male breed with my female cuz they have been mating alot in the past 24 hours. Thanks for any and all help! Stacy
Are you kidding me???????? First off sweetie, 'teacup' is not a standard breed size. Second, perhaps you need to find a mentor that has been breeding for years to learn from before you try to 'experiment'. You can really cause harm to your dogs.
Ok. A few things. First off, be aware you may not get a friendly response on this board. I know you are asking for help, but if you are trying to get help on breeding your dogs, you need to ask why you are breeding in the first place. There's no such thing as a teacup chihuahua. Whoever told you there was, even if it was the person you got your dog from, was lying. There are only chihuahuas that are within the 2-6 lb AKC breed standard found at http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/chihua.cfm, which I highly suspect your dogs are, and chihuahuas that aren't. The ones too small to be in the standard are runts and often extremely unhealthy, and there's ones too large to be in the standard. That's it. No teacup, no toy chihuahuas in a breed that is already tiny to begin with. The things you could have done to make sure your dog stayed healthy during her pregnancy should have already been done, including eye tests, x-rays for elbows and patellas, and blood panels to check for other disorders. Chihuahuas are *extremely* hard to breed without having problems, because they are so small. Rarely will this breed have more than 3 puppies. Plan right now for your dog to have complications up to and including requiring a c-section, because you'd better be prepared to pay the $1000 for it if she does need it or she will die. SHe may die in spite of your best efforts honestly. If the male dog is harrassing the female so much that she can't get a break, seperate them. Honestly, usually one or 2 breedings is plenty, if the female has released the eggs. If you don't seperate them, the male may try to mate with her constantly over a 5 day period. it's a bit much. Most breeders breed their dogs just a couple of times the first day she will recieve him, and then again 3 or 4 days later, and that's it.
Thanks for your concern over her welfare. Yes, I have had her tested for everything and she passed with flying colors. My vet says she is ready to go. I'm Sorry if I scared anyone.This is my first time breeding, but I have been supervised by my vet so I will learn the proper way. My question was more related to: Should I super baby her, Should I not let her sleep with me while she is pregnant, Should I keep her in a sweater to keep her warm, maybe a therapudic waterbed for her. I just want her to be as comfortable and as happy as possible. Her puppies are going to family members and then she will be fixed. I love my baby girl and would never do anything to harm her in any way. Stacy
Sorry Stacy, but the 'teacup' thing just set me off. And while you seem to truly care about your babies, your lack of knowledge is concerning. I mean, you should already know the answers to those questions. But it doesn't matter now, take Minniyar's advice. She knows her stuff. Perhaps you could also contact the breeder you got them from. Good luck.
No, you shouldn't super baby her. Honestly, there's really no need to change anything about her routine until the final 2 weeks before she whelps, will be almost exactly 2 months from now. As she gets bigger you will need to be extra careful about letting her jump up and down from high places, as her weight will change and she can overbalance or overcompensate and hurt herself by falling. I'm sorry but ensuring hte health of a breeding dog goes far beyong 'vet checked'. She can be in perfect physical health, but be a carrier for avariety of diseases and disorders including cysturnia, diabetes, heart disease, and luxating patellas, all of which require special testing and lab work to determine. That's what I meant when I said the tests shoudl have been done already. And you didn't mention any tests being done at all on the male, he has a chance of being a carrier for a genetic disorder as well.
2 concerns. You said mating alot the past 24 hours ....i don't understand because i thought you said the vet was helping and he should have addressed this part with you. You do not want to many mating as it can end up too much! I am also concerned when you say teacup. It doesn't bother me you calling them that as I know it has become slang for the smaller sized standard, but I am concerned how big the pups are. The female should not be bred if very small . The male should be the smaller sized one when trying to keep conformation of size. A larger male in the really small toys usually ends up with bad results. Can you tell us the sizes of your chi's?