Hello I have a 4 year old Chihuahua that me and my husband absoultly adore. She is 5.20 pounds. We have been in limbo trying to decide if she should have a puppy. We both would love to have a puppy from her because she is our everything. If anything ever happened to her I would be devested. Hense we would like a puppy that came from her. We have been going back and forth saying shes not getting any younger but were too scared of complications. As a rotiune checkup the vet said we should either get her spayed now or have puppies. She said something to the fact that chi's are more prone to get a diease that i can't remember the name. I think it starts with a "p". Does anyone know a little more about this? She said if she got it, it could kill her. That is the only reason we are really considerating her having one litter. I also heard having a litter could calm her down. She is quite a yapper! If anyone has any questions please please help!
would the "P" word be pyometra ? if it is, a pyo is an infection in the uterus. it usually occurs 1-2 months after they finish a heat cycle. there are 2 kinds, draining and non draining. both can be fatal, but a non draining one is worse because the uterus can get so filled with pus that it ruptures. with a draining one, they still get very ill but some pus is able to drain out.
alot of chihuahuas cannot give birth naturally, they have to have a c section. c sections are not cheap. depending on the time of day/night and whether it is your own vet or an emergency vet doing the section it can cost anywhere from 400 - 1200 dollars. you also have the risk of anesthesia related problems with a section. if she starts to whelp on her own and cannot manage, by the time you get her somewhere she could have lost at least 1 puppy and maybe all of them. most chi's dont have big litters to begin with, 1-3 pups is average i believe.
before she is bred you will need to test her and the male you use for brucellosis. if either of them have it, it can result in stillborn puppies, aborted puppies, and the female becoming sterile.
it probably wouldnt be a bad idea to have both the mom and the dad xrayed and OFA'd for knee problems. they can be quiteexpensive to fix, and if the puppies are born with knee problems you may not be able to find people who would want the added expense of repair, and you will most likely have to help financially with the medical bills for the families that bought your puppies.
chi's can also have problems with their calcium levels after birth. all dogs can but being that they are little they are more prone to that, so you may have to have the vet give her calcium injections for a bit after delivery.
if you do decide to go through with it it would probably be a good idea to keep a pup of the opposite sex. just cause their mom and child doesn't mean they will automatically get along for life. they are not like humans are when it comes to their pups.
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one other thing to consider is that the puppy you keep may have a completely different personality that the mom. just because mom is sweet, does not mean all her offspring will be. so if you are looking for another chi just like her, having her have puppies is no guarantee you will get what you want.
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If she were my dog and I loved her as much as you say you do, I would get her spayed and enjoy her company without putting her through the added stress of producing a puppy or two. We just had our little long hair Chihuahua spayed last month. My Mom was so worried about her going through the surgery and the anesthesia, but she did very well. It's not even a month ago and the site is healed up. There is just a little swelling the the belly area, which is going down daily.
Do your dog a favor and spay here. There are thousands of Chihuahua puppies looking for homes, due to the fact that the families that own the bitch want her to experience having puppies. Dogs are not human and will not mourn the fact that they never had a puppy. They will be healthier dogs, in the long run.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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We think it is extremely important to learn the facts and possible consequences in advance if you are contemplating breeding your dog. In today's overcrowded world, we, the wardens of our domestic pets, must make responsible decisions for them and for ourselves. The following points should be reviewed carefully.
QUALITY AKC/CKC/UKC REGISTRATION (OR ANY OTHER REGISTRY) IS NOT AN INDICATION OF QUALITY! Most dogs, even purebreds, should not be bred. Many dogs, though wonderful pets, have defects of structure, personality or health that should not be perpetuated. Breeding animals should be proven free of these defects before starting on a reproductive career. If you do not know what these defects are that we are talking about, you should not be breeding. Breeding should only be done with the goal of improvement - an honest attempt to create puppies better than their parents. Ignorance is no excuse - once you have created a life, you can't take it back, even if blind, crippled or a canine psychopath!
COST Dog breeding is not a money-making proposition if done correctly. Health care and shots, diagnosis of problems and proof of quality, extra food, facilities, stud fees, advertising, etc, are all costly and must be paid before the pups can be sold. An unexpected caesarean or emergency intensive care for a sick pup will make a break-even litter become a big liability. And this is if you can sell the pups.
SALES First time breeders have no reputation and no referrals to help them find buyers. Previous promises of "I want a dog just like yours" evaporate. Consider the time and expense of caring for pups that may not sell until four months, eight months or older! What would you do if your pups did not sell? Send them to the pound? Dump them in the country? Sell them cheap to a dog broker who may resell them to labs or other unsavory buyers? Veteran breeders with good reputations often don't consider a breeding unless they have cash deposits in advance for an average-sized litter.
JOY OF BIRTH If you're doing it for the children's education, remember the whelping maybe at three a.m. or at the vet's on the surgery table. Even if the kiddies are present, they may get a chance to see the birth of a monster or a mummy, or watch the bitch scream and bite you as you attempt to deliver a pup that is half out and too large. Some bitches are not natural mothers and either ignore or savage their whelps. Bitches can have severe delivery problems or even die in whelp; pups can be born dead or with gross deformities that require euthanasia. Of course, there can be joy, but if you can't deal with the possibility of tragedy, don't start.
TIME Veteran breeders of quality dogs state they spend well over 130 hours of labor in raising an average litter. That is over two hours per day, every day! The bitch cannot be left alone while whelping and only for a short period of time the first few days. Be prepared for days off work and sleepless nights. Even after delivery, Mom needs care and feeding, puppies need daily checking, weighing, socialization and later grooming and training and the whelping box needs lots and lots of cleaning. More hours are spent doing paperwork, pedigrees and interviewing buyers. If you have any abnormal conditions such as sick puppies or a bitch who can't and won't care for her babies, count on double the time. If you can't provide the time, you will either have dead pups or poor ones that are bad tempered, antisocial, dirty and/or sickly - hardly a buyer's delight.
HUMANE RESPONSIBILITIES It's midnight - do you know where your puppies are? There are THREE-AND-A HALF MILLION unwanted dogs put to death in this country each year, with millions more dying homeless and unwanted through starvation, disease, automobiles, abuse, etc. Nearly a quarter of the victims of this unspeakable tragedy are pure-bred dogs with papers. The breeder who creates life is responsible for that life. Will you carefully screen potential buyers? Or will you just take the money and not worry if the puppy is chained in a junkyard all of its life, or runs in the street to be killed? Will you turn down a sale to irresponsible owners? Or will you say "yes" and not think about the puppy you held and loved now having a litter of mongrels every time she comes in heat, filling the pounds with more statistics - your grand-pups? Would you be prepared to take back a grown puppy if the owners can no longer care for it? Or can you live with the thought that the baby you helped bring into the world will be destroyed at the pound?
CONCLUSION Because of these facts, we believe that dog breeding is best left to the professional breeder.
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Honestly.... I would not do it. As people have mentioned... there are several dogs out there that need good homes. I have NEVER gotten anything but wonderful pets from the pound. I got my Cinnamon from the pound and felt the same way you do. I wanted a puppy from her because she was so wonderful. She had SIX puppies. This would not have been a problem but she did develop the uterine infection and she died 24 hours after giving birth leaving me with 6 very needy puppies. I kept one of her babies and Gizmo is very much like her mother. I see her mother in her and can tell she does some of the things her mother did. But, I would give her back in a heartbeat to have her mother back with me. Not that I dont love her... but I love and miss her mother so much. If I had not been greedy and want to breed her she would be here with me today. I regret my desicion to let her breed with my other dog. As a matter of fact, I had my male purebreed (Which I got as a gift when a DIFFERENT dog passed away) neutered today so that he does not have an accident with Gizmo.
Whatever the reason, the number of cats and dogs far exceeds the number of loving homes available. Unwanted animals are often treated as a nuisance; incidents of kitten drownings and dog abandonments are common. Many people drop animals off in rural areas, thinking that someone will take them in or that they can fend for themselves. But the tragic fates for these animals include cruel treatment, starvation, disease, freezing, highway death, procurement for research laboratories, and more unregulated breeding. Even if someone can find homes for one litter of kittens or puppies, the overpopulation cycle continues if the animals are allowed to breed. And animals from breeders occupy homes that could have taken in homeless animals, who are destined to be destroyed.