how old can a shih tzu puppy be at her first heat to be pregnant?

to all breeders of shih tzu, please help me how old can a shih tzu puppy be at her first heat to be pregnant?

If I understand your question (!!), bitches can come into season at any time from 6 months of age although the norm is more usually a few months later. NO b itch should be put in whelp at this age. The usual time to breed a b itch is not before about 2 years, or a 3rd season. Her puppies will NOT die inside her (lol), they will take all they need from mum and usually be born as perfectly normal healthy puppies, depending of course, on genetics. What is likely to happen is mum’s own growth will be arrested as she’ll be giving it all to her puppies. And as she’ll only be a puppy herself, she may not take to motherhood at all, and you’d end up having to hand-rear her puppies. It’s a bit like a human girl of 10 giving birth. With the proper support, she’s probably going to be okay, she won’t die, but she won’t be anywhere near ready for motherhood.

This isn’t breed specific btw.

6 Responses to “how old can a shih tzu puppy be at her first heat to be pregnant?”

  1. Jenny Manyteeth says:

    They can experience their first season early, though probably not younger than four months; any time after that is possible. They should NOT be allowed to conceive at this first estrus: the puppy is too young. No female should be bred before she has [a] earned her conformation championship, thereby proving that she looks and acts as a Shih Tzu should, and [b] has been cleared, by veterinary testing, of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye disease (CERF certificate issued annually) and liver shunt disease. In a perfect world, she would also have at least a CGC and hopefully a CD, too, proving that she’s trainable. Needless to say, the male should be equally as qualified. They should be no younger than 2 years old, and the female should not be bred more than five times in a lifetime, never on consecutive seasons.

    It is her owner’s responsibility to protect her from pregnancy until she is old enough for it to be as safe as possible for her to carry a litter to term, and until she has proven herself worthy of passing on her genes to the next generation. There is no shortage of Shih Tzu: Sturgeon’s Law says that 90% of anything is crud. He’s right: only 10% of a popular breed like Shih Tzu are likely to be truly qualified to create the next generation… if the goal is to improve the breed’s health and qualities as a family pet.
    References :
    http://www.akc.org/classified/pick_a_puppy.cfm

  2. Anna says:

    At least 6 months old, as soon as she comes in season. The babies would probably die inside of her stomach and she could possibly die, too and would have to be taken to the emergency room in the hospital.

    She CAN NOT and SHOULD NOT get pregnant until she had the health tests of the certain breed. Some have to have the dog over 2 years old.
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  3. Frankie says:

    DO NOT get your dog pregnant on her first heat. She is still growing. That’s like a human girl getting pregnant on her first period.

    her body isn’t done growing, her hormones haven’t settled into a rithym. if you breed her on her first heat, you risk stunting her growth and ending up with a mother who rejects her own litter because she hasn’t developed her maternal instincts.

    if you didn’t know this, then I doubt you will bother doing any more research. please spay your dog.
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  4. Lorraine says:

    If you think she is pregnant as a pup then go and get an emergency spay. It is the cheapest and SAFEST option.

    No dog should be bred before the age of 2 yrs and after ALL genetic health screening for the breed.

    If you allow a young dog to have pups then you risk losing her, the pups, and if neither, then hand rearing with feeds every two hours 24/7 for a few weeks.
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  5. JenVT says:

    I’m not sure what your question is. She *can* get pregnant her first heat, but she should be at least two years old before you allow her to have a litter. Here is more information on responsible Shih Tzu breeding.

    http://americanshihtzuclub.org/what_makes_a_good_breeder
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  6. MamaBas says:

    If I understand your question (!!), bitches can come into season at any time from 6 months of age although the norm is more usually a few months later. NO b itch should be put in whelp at this age. The usual time to breed a b itch is not before about 2 years, or a 3rd season. Her puppies will NOT die inside her (lol), they will take all they need from mum and usually be born as perfectly normal healthy puppies, depending of course, on genetics. What is likely to happen is mum’s own growth will be arrested as she’ll be giving it all to her puppies. And as she’ll only be a puppy herself, she may not take to motherhood at all, and you’d end up having to hand-rear her puppies. It’s a bit like a human girl of 10 giving birth. With the proper support, she’s probably going to be okay, she won’t die, but she won’t be anywhere near ready for motherhood.

    This isn’t breed specific btw.
    References :

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