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

November 6, 2008 | By rochelle A. | 19 answers | Expired: 2223 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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Katie C.
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Nov 06, 2008

Everyone's already said it, but I am curious as to why you want to mate your dog.

Is it the old wives' tale that it's healthy for a dog to have mated? Ask your vet, it's not true.

Is it to have cute puppies for a couple of months? I'll find you pregnant and nursing shih tzu's at any breed rescue.

Is it the stud fee? I'll buy the dog from you for that amount if it means you won't breed it.

Your dog may well be a brilliant, sweet angel, but I can tell you about dozens of wonderful dogs that I've seen put down in just the last year because people buy from breeders rather than adopt. PLEASE say you won't do this.

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Sheltervt
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Nov 06, 2008

it's not about age, but about if... IF your dog is worthy of being bred. Most are not. Is your dog titled? From a well-titled pedigree? Rated "good" or better OFA? CERF/PRA cleared? Tested for vWD? Thyroid tested? Heart tested?

Did that all sound like greek? If so, please spay or neuter your dog.

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Mitch J.
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Nov 06, 2008

Yes I agree with sheltervt...WHY????if your looking for another one or more then go to a shelter or rescue. Way too, too many things can go wrong in back yard breeding!!!
SPAY & NEUTER!!! if you want another go rescue!
I am the New Jersey coordinator for Shih Tzu Furbaby Rescue take a look on our website for a new friend and companion! www.stfbr.com

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Anonymous
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Nov 06, 2008

Please don't breed your dog! There are so many homeless and unwanted purebred dogs out there. Our shelter sees every breed of small dog... many originally purchased from pet stores or breeders that are dumped by their owners. Please get your dog neutered...your dog will be happier, you will be happier, and the world of homeless animals will be better off in the long run.

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mike z.
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Nov 06, 2008

I think its right around the age that you learn how to spell "mating"

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Katie C.
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Nov 06, 2008

I also want to say, I'm sorry if it looks like we're all ganging up on you here, and not actually answering your question. I hope you can understand why.

You say in your journal that you love this dog. Please take him to the vet to be neutered. Neutered dogs have fewer problems with aggression, biting, running away, and cancer.

If he is not a pedigreed dog, NO reputable breeder would mate him with their bitch. Anyone who would breed him is not trustworthy.

Mating him will not make him stop having a 'thing for the ladies', as you say, for more than a few days. Neutering will.

In some cultures it is considered a very strange idea to neuter a male dog, but he will be healthier and happier for it.

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Laura S.
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Nov 07, 2008

Please don't breed your dog! There are plenty of Shih-Tzus and Shih-Tzu combinations being euthanized at shelters all the time. It will not help him in any way to bring more dogs into the world that will contribute to the pet over population problem. There is absolutely no benefit to a dog whatsoever to producing a litter of puppies. Please visit Petfinder or any Shih-Tzu rescue website to see for yourself the huge numbers of unwanted Shih-Tzus currently in the world.

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