I have a pair of shih tzu's. My female started to swell Saturday, January 26th... and started to show blood Monday, January 28th.
She had a heavy slow, but now has really started to slow down (Sunday, February 3rd)
My male has shown no interest in her at all. This is her 2nd heat. I'm worried them both being virgins, that my male won't do his job? He does smell her, and he has been humping blankets but no interest in her. They also, kind of make out, and he will lick her legs or she'll lick his private parts.
I do have a mentor, but she had to leave due to a death in her family across the country, and I don't think it's a right time to call and ask for advice.
I know waiting till day 10 is the best day, but is that from the swelling, or bleeding?
I'm a paranoid mommy, and don't want to miss this heat! Also, will my male even ever be interested or should I start searching for a new stud?
All males are different, some will try breeding at any stge in the heat. Some are very picky and are only interested during her "standing" portion of the heat cycle. She likely is not ready and this is why he is not trying to breed. 10 days refers to the 10th day after bleeding begins. Some females are ready later some at 10 days, you will have to watch the girl to see.
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every dog is different so when exactly do breed depends on when she ovulates. Unless you are doing hormone testing it is guessing.
Inexperienced males often sometimes need some coaching while others knwo what to do instinctively. Just because the dogs will or will not tie is not a clear cut sign that she is fertile at that point.
If you have a mentor they should have taught you everything first whether they are physically there or not if you have to ask the most basic questions you are not ready to be a breeder. Sorry if that sounds harsh but there are too many unwanted pups in the world for everyone to be breeding.
Also as already said if this is only her second heat she is probably under two thus too young. A good mentor would know that...
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How old is the female? If she is under 2 years old, her body is not fully developed enough to carry and maintain puppies properly and give them everything they need in her womb.
Do you already have buyers for the puppies after they arrive?
Did you do the proper health testing on the female and male to assure that they are in complete health and do not have hereditary eye, hip, elbow or knee deformaties that can be passed onto the puppies?
Do you show, or event this female or male to realize if they in line with the standard of their breed?
Will you screen the potential buyers that these beloved little puppies will go to, to be sure they know the proper care and grooming needs they must have?
Do you have up to $500.00 in a bank account to cover if she should go into distress during labor and you will need to get her to an emergency Vet at 3 a.m. in the morning?
Breeding dogs is not a cheap task and to ensure healthy puppies is quite an endevor.
These are not just questions for show dogs, pet dogs deserve the same pre natel care and thought process.
Respectfully, yet again people are talking about small breeds that they know nothing about. I know there are Shih Tzu breeders on here that could maybe help out with this, and let us know what are actually problems in the breed.
Ali girl!!! There you are. I was beginning to wonder when our resident BYB would make an appearance on this thread.
To the OP, I would say, please contact your mentor or a respectable breeder in your area. You'll get a lot out of face-to-face mentoring. Talking to an expert in the breed will help you with those questions that "you don't know to ask cause you just don't know"
And please don't fall for the "if noone else is doing it, why should you" in regards to the proper health testing that should be done prior to breeding. The first priority for anyone considering breeding their dog should be to produce the healthiest pups possible. You owe it to them to get them started on the right foot.
My vet, menotor, as well as other breeds I've been in contact with all think the 2nd heat is the best. My dog is is 18months old.
Thank you for all the information... was helpful! I'm just a paranoid mommy, if we miss this heat... no biggie.. I guess I'll just have to wait it out... it's only day 8 of bleeding, so I have afew more days.