I have a couple of japanese chins that I have been wanting to breed. When my female chin went on heat I was hoping for a litter of chins and in fact she has given birth to a litter of pups (6) 2 weeks ago in which 4 are thriving and two were stillborn. Need I say that I was going to faint when one evening she started to whelp and gave birth to 3 black & white pups which is not surprising in the least given that she and her "partner" are both that colour but then the remainder of the litter have turned out blue merle!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I nearly died! The two pups that were stillborn were black & white, 3 are blue merles and one is black & white.
There is only one explanation for this and that is that one evening madam chin went under the house and did NOT want to come back inside when it was time to go in, I wasn't too concerned as I have an 8' fence all around the property and nowhere for her to get out and this wasn't the 1st time she had played that trick on me. When I got up several times throughout the night to see if she wanted to come back inside she would run under the house. I got up in the morning and found her waiting near the door and let her in but I did notice that there was a hole under the fencing, big enough for a dog 2-3 times her size but no other dog was spotted and hadn't been in months, the dog I am talking about is a neighbour's merle aussie shepherd who would come and say hello to my dogs once in a while. Looks like he decided to come for a rendezvous that one evening when "Miss Prim and not-so Proper" chose to spend the night outside.
The blue merle pups do not have the tan markings like the aussie shepherd but have the chrystal blue eyes just like "DAD". I also want to add that the blue merle pups were born the same size as the black & white pups and given that the aussie shepherd is almost 3 times the size of a japanese chin, that is quite surprising as common sense would tell me that the blue merle pups should have been born bigger. Had I known that she had been unfaithful to her partner and had a night of passion with a dog 3 times her size I would have panicked and thought that she would not have been able to whelp those pups without complications so I would not have wanted to place her at risk and would have had her injected with something (can't remember what it's called) to prevent conception from taking place. This has been quite a learning point from me not to mention that I am still trying to recover from the shock. I am also suprised that the puppies have inherited the blue eyes. I would have thought that blue eyes were not a dominant gene.
They're way too young to know what they will end up looking like. DOes anybody have any vague idea what their facial characteristics will be like? any thoughts pleeease?
***Edited By: Soulmate on 1/17/2007 11:12:23 PM*** Reason: added more
BL - my chin girl is not the very small, minute variety; she is not overly large for her breed either but I have seen some absolutely tiny ones and I guess, lucky for her, she isn't that little but I wouldn't use the very tiny ones for breeding; I am breeding for health, temperament and of course looks but I am not trying to create teacup chins as they would be fraught with health problems and I don't want to bring suffering into the world not to mention heartbreak to people purchasing a tiny, unhealthy dog.
there's no chance they are all purebred? I don't know much about Japanese Chins.
No, they can't possibly be purebreds since the merle gene doesn't exist in the japanese chin; the only colours that the chins come in are black & white, red & white, sable & white, lemon & white. Besides, the pups have blue eyes and there is no such thing as a blue-eyed chin and given that the culprit (sire) happens to be a blue merle with blue eyes and given that a whole had been dug sufficiently large enough for him to come inside our yard leaves no doubt in my mind whatsoever but I tell you what, they are gorgeous....I have really studied their features before and they are going to look like chins with a slightly longer nose with the blue eyes, they are going to look like quite a picture and I will be keeping one.
Your story explains exactly why I put a leash on my dog and literally walk her in the back yard when she went into heat, instead of just putting her in the back yard the way you did. You are extremely lucky, I have heard of larger males who have 'ripped' the insides of females when mating. And that the actual whelping went alright, it could just have easily gone the other way entirely.
I'm glad mom and pups are fine, but I hope you've learned a lesson in this as well :P Good luck finding homes for the lil ones, are you writing up spay/neuter contracts to go with them to their new owners?
I'd love to see pictures of your pair of Japanese Chins. I've had mine for a couple of years now and really enjoy them. Such a personality, packed into a small package. Can't see myself without a Chin now. he he, that sounds funny.
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"the only colours that the chins come in are black & white, red & white, sable & white, lemon & white."
I beg to differ on that. How about the tri-color Japanese Chins? Have you ever seen them?
The neighbour's response, well...when I told them that my chin had whelped blue merle pups they knew immediately what I was inferring as their "beloved" aussie shepherd was known to come over once upon a time and they then mentioned that, coming to think of it, they noticed that a hole had been dug underneath their fencing just over 2 mths ago so that would explain when the deed took place. They have a dog door and he can go in and out as he pleases; mind you, the ground is rock hard around here so he must have been quite keen to put that much energy into digging a hole to get himself out of his property and then another hole to sneak his way into mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To those that said that I was lucky that nothing drastic happened to my chin - yeah I know, that's why I mentioned that had I known that this mating had taken place I would have taken her to the vet and had her injected in order to prevent conception from taking place as I would have thought that the puppies would have been too large for a normal whelping. Minniyar, I guess Keira (the chin) was fortunate that aussie shepherds are obviously not all that well-endowed, phew!!! It makes me shudder to think that "he" could have hurt her whilst in the act.
Will post photos of the pups, they are stunning even if I say so myself and to the person who asked whether I will sell with a desexing contract - Yes, absolutely but then that would have been the case irrespective of the breed, purebred or crossbred makes no difference to me in the sense that although I do breed quality pups I always make sure that they go to pet homes rather than show homes or breeding homes as I tend to think that they usually lead a better life in a pet home and I don't fancy the idea that in a show or breeding home they are only kept for as long as they serve a purpose and when that purpose no longer exists they are moved on.
Basset Lover, I have never heard of a "tri-colour" japanese chin. I'll be doing a search on the internet and see what I'm going to come up with, interesting.
***Edited By: Soulmate on 1/18/2007 7:46:57 PM*** Reason: added more