I have a two poung female chihuahua & male the same size. Would I be able to let them breed or is it too big of a risk for her??? I don't know that much about chihuahua but I thought if they were that small there parents might have been that small too.
In my opinion, breeding a 2lb chi is a risk. I remember when my pom was that size (and it was just hair), I can't imagine a female of 2lbs being bred. I find it cruel, and there has to be some health risks. For example, c-section because of her small size.
Why are you wanting to breed her? Do you know enough about breeding to do this? Are you willing to pay expensive vet bills and additional expenses for a possible c-section? Ask yourself these questions, and reconsider.
There would be a huge huge huge risk of delivery complications, even if a C-section was attempted you'd be lucky if the mother and/or puppies survived the anaesthesia. Small dogs are sometimes sensitive to anaesthesia. A breeder friend of mine almost lost a stud of hers today when they put him under for his teeth cleaning. He is a 5 pound pomeranian and he wasn't even having major surgery like a C-section is.
You should for your dog's sake have her spayed before an accidental breeding occurs, they can happen in a flash!!
***Edited By: lovebug on 9/19/2006 8:47:03 PM*** Reason: adding
IMO...and I have been around chi's my whole life. My mom has raised and shown them since before I was born (lets not say how many years that is, lol) 2 pounds is too small to be breeding ...as far as the female goes. You could likely loose her from delivery complications. C-sections would almost be a definite thing, but still not healthy for a tiny one like that to even attempt to carry a pregnancy or attempt birth. I would have her spayed for sure and enjoy her as a pet. If your male is of great quality and passes his helth clearances, there is no reason why he cant be used on a different ....larger female.
It would be a huge risk and very costly. Especially seeing as how you don't know much about the breed itself. 2 lbs is ridiculously small. Imagine you did breed her, and in the end found out that the baby (probably only one) died during birth along with it's mother. How devastating would that be to you? Probably very much. I would say get them both fixed and enjoy them as pets.
Unless you know at least 3 generations back of both of your dogs the risk is way to great. The chances of the last 3 generations being 2lbs is slim, very slim. Since most of the dogs in their generations were probably 5+lbs the chances are very big that she will whelp pups for a 5lb dog, way to big for her to even try to gestate. I agree with the others I would alter both your dogs.
I would have to agree with the general opinions of the majority on this. Females of that size in any breed just are not ment for breeding. They are to be enjoyed. If you know your breed and truely understand the in's and out's of your particular breed then it you could possibly find a larger female to breed with. But if you aren't bettering the breed by breeding blindly then please don't do it!
I mean for dog shows... the weight is to be 2-6 lbs. If females are not fit to breed under 3.5-4 lbs, then they should up the minimum weight for females to the weight that is appropriate for a breeding animal. Aren't conformation shows to judge breeding animals to the breed's standard?
I personally wouldn't do it. I bred a 3.5lb female to a 2lb 3 oz male and the female needed an emergency c section. Never again would I go through that. I had the female spayed and she's much happier that way.
I am offering her for sale because I don't want to take the chance of her being exposed.... please let me know if anyone would be interested. she is 9 months old next week & is house trained, crate trained, has had dew claws removed, reg ckc, & loves to sleep in the bed. I have tons of pictures at request. Thank you for all your help & I am glad I found out before it was too late.
I have 3 chi's, 2 spayed females and 1 neutered male. I may be interested in her. Can you post pictures or email me with price, location, pics, etc? I would love to give her a forever home with no chance of breeding. I have a fenced yard and they are never left unattended.
TAMMYSPAN: I don't know how to get to you through this website so please e-mail me @ Babz1702@aol.com & I will be happy to send you photos & tell you about her or I can send you a picture over the phone if you will text me w/ your # @ 940-391-9913. Thanks Misty
"Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. ... The dog's conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog's ability to produce quality puppies, is judged."
That got me to thinking, is it so bad to breed, for example, tiny chihuahuas (responsibly, of course). I mean, there are even tinier mammals breeding, like mice, hamsters, gerbils. I guess if one can determine, by pedigree, that an overwhelming majority of both the male and female's ancestry produced tiny progeny, it would be ok to breed tiny chis.