Is my female 4 lb, 6 mth old TOY Yorkie too small or too young to get pregnant by my 4 lb, 4 mth old TOY Maltese? AND if not yet when is it safe or could it happen? Is she too small to get pregnant without complications? How long are females pregnant for? THANX MUCH, Debby
Please don't breed her. She is way too young for one thing and with one that small that would scare me to death. Had a friend that lost her little pom when she had puppies and she was small but not even that small. You should really know what you are doing because they can have all kinds of problems.
I would suggest to you,FIRST: Not to ask such a thing on this forum. Get online, go to your library, research your breed, learn as much as you can about breeding of your particular type dogs, then ask the breeder that you purchased your dogs from to mentor you. Raising pups is a huge undertaking, with a lot of heartbreak if you are not careful and knowledgable. With the size of your dogs, C section is very probable. That can cost. Your pups are too young to breed at this time. Your male probably wouldn't even know what to do at 4 months. Please, before you decide to breed these dogs, take the time to do your homework, you may decide it's not worth the cost emotional, financial, physical, to go ahead and breed them.
In the first place standard size for a Yorkshire Terrier is 3 to 7 lbs. Tecnically there is no such thing as a "toy" or "teacup" yorkie. They are a toy breed period. Because they originated in England where there used to be 3 weight designations of Yorkshire Terriers and all toy breeds were bred down in size from larger dogs you will get some that are quite large....even over 15 lbs. This size can crop up in any breeding. Secondly you should never breed any dog before 2 years old. That puts them at around 18-20 years old in human years. Would you want your 12 year old daughter to have a baby? When you look at it in this way you can better understand the age thing. Third...A lot of people are breeding "designer" dogs by crossing two or three breeds. They do not breed true and because of the purpose they were individually bred for you can not be sure of temperment or personality. Fourth.... 4 lbs is really too small if the dog is full grown. I doubt your puppy is. I just had a 700.00 section on a 5-1/2 lb female and that is not nearly as high as some vets are. Just love your kids like they deserve and if you want to become a breeder do a lot and I mean a lot of homework first. There are many places for you to learn the right way to go about it. If your female puppy has been in heat then yes she could conceive. At 4 months the male is more than likely too young but it is possible. I would suggest taking them both to your vet and checking this out. He can tell if your male is fertile and at 4 weeks after breeding (if this did happen) he can find out if she is pregnant.
I really doubt your 4 month old puppy can get your 6 month old puppy pregnant, but your 6 month old will mostly likely come into heat anytime between now and a year. You should get her spayed as soon as you can before she goes into heat to minimize chances of cancer later on. Most vets like to do the surgery around 6 months old. Your 4 month old male should be neutered in another month or two as well. Don't breed - especially a mix - there are enough unwanted puppies out there.