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

November 6, 2008 | By rochelle A. | 19 answers | Expired: 2130 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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Scmar65
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Nov 06, 2008

Please don't breed your dog. There are so many unwanted dogs living in shelters and if you would like another purebred shih-tzu then all you have to do is find a local shih-tzu rescue. There are tons of purebred dogs out there living in cages waiting for a loving home.
Please have your dog spayed/neutered. Your dog will be a much happier animal.

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Kadiquilts
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Nov 06, 2008

I agree with those who have asked you to PLEASE not breed your dog. There are so many unwanted dogs in this world (and cats, too).. Please consider spaying/neutering--it will make for a healthier pet and add years to your dogs life.

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Kate H.
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Nov 06, 2008

We all have the same opinion here please get him fixed. He will be healthier & happier. Then if you want another shih tzu go to a rescue. Please don't make the problem worse.

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Sarah S.
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Nov 06, 2008

Please, please, please do not mate your dog. Millions of animals die every year because there are too many!!!!!!!!!!

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Austinsmom622
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Nov 06, 2008

I do not believe in breeding But i your set on it Males should not be bred til 2 year's old & only after it has had all the appropriate Test "hips knees liver etc"
Females should not be bred til her second heat & again after all the tests.
Also if your dog is not up to the standard Don't bother . take a walk threw some shelters & then decide if you still want to breed.

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Austinsmom622
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Nov 06, 2008

Oh wanted to add Your dog will also Mark all over your house.
Get cancer from not being neutered.
& will be more aggressive.

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gabby v.
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Nov 08, 2008

i have a Shi-Tzu and i do not reccomend it you could tell from my photo 100% Shi-Tzu

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VickysZoo
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Nov 06, 2008

It is best to wait until your dog or bitch is after 2 yrs of age.

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