I have a very small chihuahua dog. She is 3 years old and weighs 4 to 4 1/2 pounds. I am not wanting to breed her to sell the puppies but just wanting her to have one liter of puppies before we have her fixed. I was wondering if anyone knows if she is to small to breed.
***Edited By: danimyrick88 on 9/8/2008 1:31:58 PM*** Reason: Misspelled Chihuahua
I'lll credit you with that as being a typo, hopefully. We were told to breed nothing under 3 lbs.- our little girl weighs 2&3/4 lbs. Consult with your local vet first, but she should be fine. You will want to breed to a male smaller than your female.
Since you decided that my last response was "too harsh" and felt the need send me a PM I will tell you what I really think.
Unless you are doing ALL the health testing recommended by the Chihuahua club of America, (CCA believes that breeders should keep themselves informed in the areas of dog health and genetics and to carefully screen all breeding stock for hereditary faults or disqualifying defects, removing any questionable animals from their breeding program. This includes cardiac, patella and eye testing as recommended by the Canine Health Foundation's CHIC program.) And showing in conformation at the very very least, as well as willing to back all of your pups up with a health guarantee then you have no reason to breed. If you are breeding just for pets, and not breeding to improve the breed then you are adding to an ever growing pet overpopulation.
Why do you want her to have "just one litter" before she is spayed? Are going to keep all the pups? Are you going to give them away? You said you aren't going to sell them, right? Did some idiot tell you that having a litter makes them a better pet, is healthier or fulfills some need? Those are all very dubunked myths. Besides health problems, Chihuahuas are notorious for temperment problems. Do you know the personality of your dogs parents, grandparents? What about the potential stud? Breeding dogs need to be screened and that doesn't mean just a vet exam.
If you are willing to lose her becuase something goes wrong, and a pup gets stuck and you don't get her to the emergancy vet fast enough so they all die, go ahead and breed her. What about if the pups have horrible personalities, and bite people and have to be put to sleep would that make you feel better? Are you willing to tube/bottle feed pups every 2 hours if mom isn't making enought milk? You get almost no sleep at all. Do you have at least $1000 set aside and a great emergency vet incase she needs an emergancy c-section. Do you also realize that every heat that she goes unspayed can make her chances of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and pyrometris(sp) a killer reality.
If you want to do it, go ahead, just think about what can and does go wrong.
Illusions post made me think of a situation on another forum I belong to. A woman noticed an ad on Craigslist late one night about a sick Chihuahua puppy! Some dumb couple in their twenties breed their chis and had a puppy with a cleft pallet. They were looking for someone to take her b/c they "couldn't afford to take her to a vet and have her killed." The woman read the ad and drove two hours to get the pup. She has spent the last few weeks with no sleep while she tube feeds this tiny pup every couple of hours. She agonizes about every tiny fluctuation in weight. The puppy has had at least two surgeries (with no anesthesia) and has had to have her stitches redone numerous times. As far as I know the pup is still alive, but it is touch and go. Breeding isn't all cute pups and extra money.
I'll find the post and PM you to be sure, but she was just too tiny for anesthesia and they really didn't think they had the equipment for her either. I believe they did use a local anesthetic. She was only a few days old and I guess the vet thought the nerve endings weren't that developed.