To breed or not to breed dogs

A lot of information on the internet will warn against breeding your pet, especially on American sites. With good reason, I have discovered in hindsight. Breeding your pet dog, of any breed, is hard work. But, more than that, it is physically and emotionally exhausting. Especially if you are very close to your pet. It’s like a mother watching her daughter go through a pregnancy and all the worries that go with it. And, as every mother knows, the pregnancy is only the easy bit, you have the birth, and then the puppies born to consider for the next two months.

If you are lucky, your female pet will be a natural mother, and you will have little to do but watch the miracle of birth. However, and especially with Chihuahuas of diminutive size, birth can be a painful and difficult process. If complications arise, your Chihuahua may need a caesarian which can cost up to $1,500AU. If your budget is tight, and you are considering breeding your Chihuahua for profit then you need to be aware of this possibility.

You have to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help if the ‘dam’ (female dog giving birth) needs your help. Some female dogs instinctively know what to do, some, just don’t. If that is the case, you have to know what has to be done. It helps to have a good vet handy, one that is available after hours. However, if you don’t, and chances are high that your dog will decide to go into labour during the early hours of the morning, the day before you have a big meeting at work, you will have to know the procedures and what to expect. And, be prepared for a long night.

Work is another concern. If you have a demanding job, one from which you are not able to take a few days off, then I do not recommend breeding your dog. You have to be there when your dog goes into labour, especially if it’s her first litter. That means keeping a very close eye on your dog during the final days of the pregnancy.

What You Need-Essential Information.

Before your Chihuahua goes into labour, there are two essential things you need to have on hand. A source of food and a source of warmth. The first few hours of a puppy’s life are critical. They need these two basic things if they are going to survive. A puppy needs to feed within the first hour of being born, and if the mother is stressed or busy with her labour she may not want anything to do with the puppy until she is finished giving birth. And, as some Chihuahuas can take several hours to give birth to an entire litter,

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