I am about to get a min pin and I had some questions about what to expect. We were suppose to get the mother of the new pups but she was too skiddish and i was wondering if that is hereditary. I was also wondering about potty training and breeding or if I should just plan to neuter. It does not have papers but both parents are min pins and it would be a shame to neuter but I don't know if i will ever breed the pup and I don't want it spraying all over the house. That brings me to my questions about potty training. A lot of small dogs i have seen are never housebroken is it really hard or even impossible to completely house break. Does anyone have any answers for me.
First of all, the neuter idea is probably the best one I've heard in a long time. In all seriousness, please do this!!! There are no registration papers, which means if you bred the little fella, his pups could never be registered. Shelters and rescues are over-run with cute little puppies who need good homes and there's no reason to add to that population.
As far as potty training and relation to small dogs, it's just like any other dog. I have small dogs and they are all very well house trained. I don't think that's true about them never being housebroken. Most of mine are ready by 4 months old. Patience and consistancy are your friends. You cannot get angry or mad when an accident occurs, which it certainly will.
Best of luck and would love to see a photo!
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Neutering is not only best for his health, but will keep down the spraying/marking in your home. It will also make him less likly to wonder. Breeding is a huge ordeal, and a big undertaking. Esp. with alot of states adopting puppy lemon laws. IMHO an unregistared, unshown dog has no buisness being bred or staying intact.
As far as house training is concerned, just like ox said it takes alot of patience. Puppies need to go outside every couple of hours, and even once in the middle of the night. A crate is a wonderful housebreaking tool. Little dogs have little bladders, so it is harder for them to go long periods of time without going to the bathroom.
being skiddish can be genetic, but even so, can go away with proper socialzation. Proper socialzation can be the key to a happy dog. Allow the pup to meet people, dogs, and go with you when possible. I personally always say stay away from dog parks when the pups are young. They can be scary for a little dog, and you always want to make sure your shots are up to date
Nuetering is your best option here for many reasons. Not only is he unregistered, but this also means with you not knowing the pedigree you will not know what you are getting into with health, quality, temperament, etc. Breeding should be done by careful selection based on many factors and by not having papers, most of those important traits are unknown.
As far as being 'skittish'. This can be hereditary, BUT: this could be due to lack of socialization, did you go when she had pups with her? If so, it could have been due to her being weary of strangers near her babies. The breed trait is that they are supposed to be weary of strangers and will take time to 'accept' them as not being a danger. Most will not race up to you as a stranger, but within a short period, will end up in your lap.
Breeding also is not a passing thought, it should be decided on after alot of research. They have possibilities of C-sections, a mirage of issues can occur with any pregnancy and whelping. From an ill mother, nursing issues, death of the puppies, hand feeding, milk fever, infection, and the list goes on. Then you have to think of when it comes time to place them...finding and screening the homes, health checks on the pups, shots, worming and what kind of health guarantee you will provide to the new owners, will you be willing to take them back if the owner cannot keep them at any time in the dogs life? Placing them with spay/neuter contracts and taking the time to continue to follow up to make sure its done.
Its truly a deeply involved life changing decision that you have to think carefully about. And adding what others have said that there are millions of unregistered puppies already in shelters every where awaiting homes.
Feel free to contact me any time with questions, I have been raising and showing Min Pins for over 18 yrs.
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