Question by  Jomackee (46)

Can you breed female Shih Tzu puppies at 6 months old?


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

No! Do not do it!!!!!! At 6 months of age your PUPPY is just having her first heat. They are still too small at that age and cannot nourish a litter of puppies. It's just plain stupid to breed a puppy that age because essentially you could kill the bitch and her litter because she isn't big enough yet.


Answer by  Vida11 (5)

First, don't do it! Second, it's possible but just because you can doesn't mean you should. She is not old enough. You should breed at the heat cycle closest to 2 years of age.


Answer by  Puppyluv (173)

Although small breeds may mature faster and may seem ready when they are under a year old, I have always gone by the AKC Rules which say that you cannot even register the litter if the female is under 8 months old or older than 12 years of age(under 7 months and over 12 years of age for a male).


Answer by  Ashley68 (404)

The standard age for breeding a dog is usually around 1-2 years old. At 6 months, your Shih Tzu is probably not ready to have puppies. It's a good idea to wait until she is at the age when mating is most appropriate. If a dog is too young, pregnancy can be very dangerous and can cause a lot of serious conditions. Definitely wait to breed your dog.

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