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Q: what age can you start mateing a shih-tzu

November 6, 2008 | By rochelle A. | 19 answers | Expired: 2199 days ago

what age can you start mateing a shih-tzu

i have a male that is 13/months.

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Kelly
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Nov 20, 2008

There is no good reason to breed your dog. I can't tell you how many purebred shi tzus, poms, & other small breed dogs I have tried to find placement for this year to keep them from dying in kill shelters. Almost every dog & cat in those shelters is loving & sweet & deserving of a home & definitely doesn't deserve to die. When they're dying all around you, how could you possibly consider bring another litter or two into the world? For every new litter that's born, more that are already here die. Also, an intact dog has an increased risk of testicular cancer as well as behavioral problems fueled by testosterone. If you want a puppy, save one, don't breed seven or eight.

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Mary Ann P.
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Nov 06, 2008

I think breeding a pure bred dog is best left to the professionals who only breed for the love and betterment of the breed. These breeders show their dogs and only breed selectively and not for the money. Breeding dogs is not for the uninformed, or the casual owner who 'thinks' their dog is show quality. If you got your dog from a pet shop or someone else who bred them without showing in competition, you should not be breeding your dog. If you had purchased your dog from a reputable breeder they would have made you sign a contract to NOT breed the dog.
Their are PLENTY of Shitzus needing homes in shelters and rescue groups all over the country, we don't need anymore homeless ones.

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Robyn W.
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Nov 06, 2008

Is your dog pure bred? When you purchased your dog, did you sign a contract with your breeder that this dog was to be used for breeding? If so, let your breeder deal with it. If not, then there is no reason to bred a companion quality dog.

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Cindy
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Nov 06, 2008

Are you getting into the breeding business?

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