Can a dog produce milk if they havent had babies? Sounds fishy to me....I dont think a woman can either then again im not a mother either! Can a woman produce milk without haveing kids and if so how.. cause maybe i can save some money on milk we go through lots of milk every week lol j/k!
pinky, that would be a false pregnancy type thing.
She probably had a litter in the past...that does not mean she "wants" to have puppies. Don't equate instinct with desire as if she were human.
Even if it were the case, and you could some how communicate with your dog in that way, the proper health testing and evaluating needs to be done.
Lot's of things need to be taken into consideration and since she is maturing, the chance of cancer or issues with her uterus (such as infection, which can be life threatening) is growing greater by the year. Seriously, just spay her and spoil her. You have plenty of time in your young life to devise a start breeding program. Use this time to learn from a mentor and experience/read as much as possible.
Pinky I think you have a lot to learn before you think of breeding. I have been involved in my breed for about 13 years and I'm just now think of possibly getting a show dog in a few years, then a few years after it has been proven to be a good representation of the breed (meaning it meet the breed standard) in the ring maybe breed. It takes a lot to breed a dog right. You need to know as much as possible about the breed- the standard, health problems, and proper care. You need to be able to see your dog’s faults and find a mate that would complement them. It also cost a lot of money. You got health test, stud fees, prenatal care for the mom, vet visits for the pups, food, a whelping box, possibly a c-sections. Then I'm not sure how young you are, but can you take 8 weeks off of school or work or whatever you do to be with the pups 24/7? Also have you ever helped whelp a litter? Will you know what to do if something goes wrong, or take care of the babies if the mother rejects them? I'm not saying any of this to be mean. I just think you need to think about it a bit. If you really want to breed find a good mentor and learn from them as much as you can, then get a good dog to start with (not saying yours is bad, but I don't think she should be bred). Here's a link to things you should do before you breed and a quiz to tell if you are ready. http://www.learntobreed.com/experience.html http://www.learntobreed.com/questions.html
it's just that I have always wanted to breed her ever since I got her. I have always just thought of having all these little puppies runnung around. I feel badly that if If I don't breed her then she won't be able to forfill her dutys as a mothers omeday! that's what god ment for them.
***Edited By: pinky girl on 1/18/2007 10:00:07 PM*** Reason: l
"I feel badly that if If I don't breed her then she won't be able to forfill her dutys as a mothers omeday!"
Pinky, not all dogs want to be mothers...believe me my dogs are much happier being babies than having them! There is no reason for you to feel bad if you don't breed her...in fact it would probably be better for her (less health risk) and you (cost of possible problems). Being a loving pet is enough for dogs! Knowing that they have someone who loves them, a caring home, and proper care are the things dogs want, they really don't care about puppies and being mother's or father's. No one meant to hurt your feelings by saying that she is not breeding material. The best representatives of the breed are dogs that come from long lines of champions...if you don't know that, then it probably isn't best to breed her for the possible health risks. She is in no way ugly! Breeding for temperment is not the only thing to look for, all the genes and characteristics of her and her ancestors need to be looked at to dispell possible health risks. Tons of dogs have great temperment, but are not breeding material. Don't take offense to that...no one means it in a hurtful way.
Dogs are not born thinking..."gee, I want to have puppies" Dogs do not think in the way people do. She has a fondness for her stuffed toy, ok all that means is she loves her stuffed toy. It i not a form of telling you to breed her.
Also, please, please do your research. From your posts you dont sound very old (not trying to degrade you, you just honestly sound very young) Chi's are at a high rate for c-sections, which are very expensive. Also what if she rejects the pups due to having them via section? Are you able to hand feed a whole litter every 2-3 hours and sometimes more often? There are so many aspects to breeding that people dont think about.
And not to hurt your feelings, but they are correct in saying your girl is simply not breeding quality. No doubt she is cute, but that is far different than being breeding quality.
Personality and a pretty color are terrible reasons to decide to breed. There are enough BYB's and PM's out there already doing that.
If you have additional pics to share I would be happy to specify the exact faults that I see in your chi that sets her apart from a quality breeder....providing you will accept constructive criticism without getting mad at my honesty.
what you are eaplaining is called pseudopregnant, and is accually not oncommen, It's when the females bady shows sighns of pregnancy even without having beeing bred. She has probably NOT had puppies. The only way to get rid of it is to accualy have a litter but it STII does NOT make her sutible to breed on and it does not mean that SHE wants puppies.
You must have more knowledge before you even consider breeding her: here's a link about pseudopregnancy
I recomand that you not breed her because you don't know enough about it and if you do decise to do it then you should read and study dogs and then after understanding what it is about find a mentor... SO many things can go wrong.
" it's just that I have always wanted to breed her ever since I got her. I have always just thought of having all these little puppies runnung around. I feel badly that if If I don't breed her then she won't be able to forfill her dutys as a mothers omeday! that's what god ment for them. right? "
no. its not, pinky. when the bible said "be fruitful and multiply", he was refering to humans.
***Edited By: dusty082155 on 1/19/2007 6:19:05 AM*** Reason: spell
Ok its your dog so how about you not listen to these people(sorry everyone) and take her to a vet have her exam. and ask him how he feels and if she should be breed. Not trying to say any of you arent right but I think we have helped and now Pinky should see a vet and really find out what to do.
Im sure Pinky didnt want a big fight! I think you will make up your mind.
Dogsrmylife-- If you have been studying Chihuahuas for years and have seen many Champions (which I am not doubting)-- why did you make a big deal about Pinky's Chihuahua only being 5-6 pounds? Chihuahua standard says that Chi's are not SUPPOSED to be over 6 pounds.
As in, if Pinky's Chihuahua was 6 pounds 1 oz, it would be too big for standard. So that means all the 'good' chihuahua's are SMALL, very small.
Some may have problems birthing, just like any dog (and I am sure there are some more risks in breeding VERY small females), but if they were EXTREMELY difficult to breed and mothers were dying all the time-- there wouldn't be so many in shelters right?
I think that over all Chi's are not all that difficult to breed and that is why they are a favorite of puppymills. I think they pop out babies just fine most of the time.
While I am not a Chi judge (and I don't think any one else on this forum is either)-- I can also read AKC standard, and I don't think that any one can tell from her Dogster pictures if Pinky's dog has actual DISQUALIFICATIONS which are these, directly from AKC:
Disqualifications Any dog over 6 pounds in weight. Broken down or cropped ears. Cropped tail, bobtail. In Long Coats, too thin coat that resembles bareness.
sorr everyone for last night. I wasn't understanding all of you. I have mad up my mind and I guess I won't breed her. I really want to but I don't want to hurt her or risk her in anyway. I love her to much!
thak yall for being so nice to me and for trying to help me understand.
When I see Pinky's dog's pictures, I see a very cute chihuahua. When I see a picture of a chihuahua from a conformation breeder, the head features huge ears, eyes that are just about popping out of its skull, and an itty bitty snout. First time I saw one I thought it was kind of freakish but I'm more used to the look now. It's funny when the look you're more used to is the one that DOESN'T conform to the breeding standard!
It's the kneecaps that would be the dealbreaker for me. It sounds like Pinky's dog is young, probably too young to know for sure whether the patellas will be okay or not. How I'd hate to have a litter happen and THEN find out the luxating patellae were an issue. I have that kind of kneecap myself and wouldn't wish it on anyone. Almost kept me from having kids.