Hi I am the proud mom of really pretty chihuahuas My little girl is about 5 1/2 lbs and she is 1 yr old named Annie My little boy has just turned 4 mos yesterday he is 2 lbs his name is peppie they are the love of my life! my children absolutely adore them my children are 9 and 11 .someone once told me that chihuahuas don't like kids but i am so glad i didn't listen to them because my pups can't wait till the kids come home and are full of kisses when they get home it is to cute . I would really like to breed them but this will be the first time i am attempting this . i was wondering if anyone had anything that will help me on my journey to having the prettiest pups in the world and help on this subject would so be appreciated
It's not that chi's aren't good with children but children tend to poke and pull a small dog so they may react with a bite.
If you are considering breeding, do you show your dogs? Do you do any testing to make sure the new litter will not have any genetic issues? Did you know that a dog's gestation period is 63 days? Think of why you're breeding these pups, money? Just because they're pretty? I think a lot more research is required other than going on a dog forum. A lot of members here are very knowledgeable; there's no doubt about that. But there are vet bills, equipment you need like a whelping box, sometimes you have to help the placenta out. then there are the late nights once you wean the babies...you should only separate pup from mom at least 8 weeks after they are born, no sooner. So many things to consider; not just finding homes for these new puppies. Plus, you should wait a bit before even starting; your dogs are way too young. Every time a bitch gets pregnant, you are endangering the dog's life.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
Remember pretty is not a reason to breed. Everyone thinks their dog is pretty.
First make sure the dog is great conformation wise. Join a breed club, enter some local shows. If the parents were just pets thrown together chances are they should not be bred.
It sounds like they have a good temperament. But again, not a reason to breed,95% dogs out there have a great temperament for their breed.
Health test your dogs. For this I am not sure what you get done for chis but your pups breeder should be able to help you. (I think eyes,heart and joints maybe)
Mostly remember that breeding your pups could change them. They may not like the kids so much or may even have health issues. Its not that unusual for pregnancy related deaths-especially in little breeds.
Just because a dog has a uterus/testes doesn't mean it should breed.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
Talk to your vet first, esp. if you have a wonderful vet that truly loves dogs. That is a great start. I raised Pug puppies for about six years. I enjoyed it so much. My vet was a great resource. I am sorry if I offend any one out there, but I did not ever show my dogs. It just is not my thing. But my male was absolutely beautiful. All three of my girls had traits worthy of passing on. They were health tested for patella problems and their nares were checked. I had wonderful, fat and sassy puppies. I had a waiting list for them. It has been about five year since the girls have retired, and I still get calls from folks looking for pups. I still get letters with pictures of babies I helped bring into the world. It was a wonderful experience and I regret not carrying on my line, but at the time I was working nearly full time and felt I was not home enough. Trust me, it is a job!! Many all nighters with a mom in labor. I spent tons of time socializing and caring for the moms and their pups. They were in my home--not a kennel in the back yard. I may have been a hobby breeder, but the pups I raised were healthy and happy. I also had 8 years experience working for vets and then as a human nurse. (Medical experience helps, even human!!) You also have to screen the buyers. I had a nasty experience with a man writing me a check from a closed account.
I am now home--not working outside my home!! I am going to breed my Mastiff, Stella, if she passes her health tests!! I will wait till she is on her third heat. By the way--that was my hardest problem--skipping heats to breed the Pugs. Dudley--he lived for love!! I once called my vet and said "either Dudley gets a sedative or I do!!" I even had my dear friend take him when one of the girls would come into standing heat to skip a heat. Even the girls were as horny as him. I learned alot and it was an experience of a lifetime.
Good luck, do your homework and realize it is alot of hard work, worry and occasionally heartbreak.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read!! Groucho Marx
We all think our dogs are "pretty," but if we all decided to breed them the animal overpopulation problem would become even worse. There are enough unwanted animals dying every day yet people keep breeding their pets just for the heck of it. Please, just enjoy your pets and your children and leave it at that.
Also, you state you are a "new mom." Does this mean you are new to dog ownership in general or new to this breed? Either way, this is another indicator breeding is likely not for you.
There are so many factors involved when deciding whether or not to breed. Not the least of which is you risk death. Is it worth it to you? How would you feel if your female died BECAUSE you tried to breed her? How about the death or injury of one of the puppies in their new home due to a mistake in your judgement (boy can some people fool you, and no matter how much information you give them, sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other without ever registering, and then, sometimes, alot of the time, it becomes YOUR fault). Could you handle it? WHY do you want to breed them? I think that chihuahua's can have major calcium issues when bred as well (also can result in death I think). I would at a minimum have their knees certified. What about their fontenels? Liver shunts? Can you afford to hemorage money? Raising puppies is VERY expensive. There is also the issue of refunds or replacement, and you will have to know enough to evaluate issues, too. It is also physically draining. Are you willing to do all the work to even LEARN about breeding, much less all the other stuff? Does your vet know of your breed specifically? How much do YOU know about your breed? Also, spaying and neutering is extremely beneficial to their health and lifespan. Unspayed females are prone to several life threatening health issues that their spayed counterparts are not. I think that's enough for now, LOL. Do you have pictures posted anywhere? *just my opinions*