I would disagree. As a rule of the thumb, the first cycle is one to skip. Unless you mean a dog that has gone through it's first cycle at one? But really either way, it's a tad young. You should tlak to your vet about it and see what she has to say.
***Edited By: Reevka on 12/12/2005 9:19:30 PM*** Reason: xxx
Thanks! And what is a good weight, or what is to small? Right now, my girl (Chihuahua) is a little over 5 months and she weighs about 3.5lb-4lb. Will she be to small? I don't want to take chances, I love her soooo much! And will I be able to find a 3.5lb male dog?
That's a decent weight for a Chi at that age me loo, she will probably get bigger. One of my females was a teeeeeny little girl. So small she'd sit in our hand. But she is 5-6 lbs now. Does she have a dogster page? I'd love to see a pic.
***Edited By: Reevka on 12/12/2005 9:28:58 PM*** Reason: add
Breeding: Most female dogs "go into heat" (estrus) about every 6 or 7 months beginning sometime before their first year of age. It is best to allow the bitch to reach full growth before breeding her. Why put the added stress of forming and nursing a litter of pups while her body is geared toward making her own structures? Always wait until she is fully developed before breeding her; in the large breeds such as the St. Bernard, Great Dane, and Irish Wolfhound, this won't occur until after they are over two years of age.
Ideally, a bitch should only be bred every other year and she should not be bred much before two years of age. The season closest to the second birthday is a good one to start with; certainly no earlier than this. In some breeds, you may need to wait one more season before beginning. By this time, she is better prepared mentally for having puppies than she would have been with her first few seasons. Her physical growth is complete and pregnancy at this point won't endanger her health, provided that she is healthy to begin with.
Thank you Dusty, I know me loo will appreciate these. I've read that first one before and I like the point of waiting until they are not only mature but full grown. Bigger breeds aren't always at their full maturity at a year. The thing about Chis, is plain and simple, they are neurotic, lol. And an unprepared mom? eeeks.
***Edited By: Reevka on 12/12/2005 9:35:29 PM*** Reason: Typos!
http://tinypic.com/view/?pic=ih4j6r http://tinypic.com/view/?pic=ih4d34 http://tinypic.com/view/?pic=ih4a5e these are some pictures/ I'm new at trying to do pictures so bear with me! The first one is a baby chiuh. thats likes to howl. thesecond one is my 2 pound pom that decided to bury a roll I put out for the birds and bury it in our bon fire pit. The last picture I think is the cutest I have a shepard that had 10 puppies and my nine ounce chiu/poo that we wanted as a house dog took to the litter and my shepard took her as her puppy!
I always make sure than have been through there first cycle, I apologize for not stating that what I meant was there are some dogs that cant wait to be moms! They arre motherly, thats what I meant by they have to be mature
They "can't wait to be moms"? I'm sorry-I think you mean, YOU can't wait for them to be moms. Don't think I've ever met a dog who's goal in life was to be a mom. To hunt, yes. To play frisbee, yes. To chase the squirrels, yes. To be a mom? I don't think so.
winnies_mom, You have to love what your doing!!!!! I dont look at it as work I look forward to going to my kennel and having them so happy to see me! I spend many, many hours with my dogs but the end result..... I have dogs that are happy and healthy. I love what I do! By the way I am in Center, Mo.
i hope no one follows this persons example..forgive my being blunt...and mods can delete me if they choose...but this person is a blatent puppy mill...they broker their 5 to 7 breeds of dogs they breed because" they are dying to be a Mom" bologna...I notice most of the posters are tip toeing around this post or not even noticing this person isnt the example of what a responcable breeder should do...I feel horrable for the 52 give or take dogs and pups you have living in crates and shelter systems...what a life they must have...geech...Ive bit my lip long enough...I dont normally say any thing to people or I am never rude or disrespecting...but this post...this puppy mill owner really gets me...I'm not sure why...but maybe its the matter of fact...what I'm doing is ok kind of additude...its not alright...You think its ok to breed 1 year old mature dog...bull...and if you keep telling these things and some one thinks because they saw it on a discussion forum for a pet site...it must be true information...well folks...its not correct information...its not ok to breed young dogs...you can bet the farm her dogs NEVER got to the vet..much less get proper testing for the particular breed they are...Im incenced...the poor dogs..you showed 3 pictures fine and dandy...what about the rest of the cages you have...oh...im so upset i cant go on...please people..dont take what this person says or does as what any one should do...I dont care if she has help once a week...or has it down to a science...if done correctly there is no way in heck you could care even half baked for 52 plus animals..thats my opinion...and I am definatlly sticking with it...
i had my suspicions when she said she had 52 dogs. this remark she made confirmed it : I apologize for not stating that what I meant was there are some dogs that cant wait to be moms! They arre motherly, thats what I meant by they have to be mature .
how does anyone know what makes or if they even are "motherly". and who says the dogs cant wait to be moms. get real. i dont buy it . i hope no one else does either.
thanks catlover...i thought i was going nuts...or in a twighlight zone...people actually think this kind of thing is ok...well...im sorry..its not...and to tell some one to breed a 2 pound or so chi because she is aching to be a mommie is rediculious....
That's why I asked if she had a broker as reputable breeders do not use brokers and usually don't have that many dogs for breeding at once. I wonder if these dogs go out unfixed only to breed more......