Can a female dog be pregnant by more than one male?

I've heard the answer is yes, but that each puppy only has one father.

I have a three-month old puppy, Foxie, who I know 100% has a purebred pitbull mom. However, her ears look like a German shepherd, and her face looks like a chow chow's. When she was younger, her tail also looked like a chow's but it has since straightened out a little. She looks VERY similar to her aunts, who were born by the same mom, but from a different litter as Foxie's mom. Her aunts are german shepherd/pitbulls. There is an unneutered male GS and an unneutered CC in the neighborhood, so it would be likely that both of these males got Foxie's mom pregnant. But if a puppy can only have one father, how does Foxie have qualities of both possible fathers?

(P.S. Foxie's mom and grandmother are not my dogs. So please don't ask me why they aren't spayed. I know they need to be.. :( )

Asked by Daegan on Nov 21st 2009 Tagged germanshepherd, pitbull, chowchow, mixedbreed, pregnant, puppy, father in Mixed Breeds
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Each puppy can have only one father. At three months old, it is impossible to tell what she is going to look like as an adult... ears go every which way from day to day and the size of the head changes constantly as well.

Member 641257 answered on 11/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Each puppy can only have 1 father. If the bitch mates with multiple males, each egg could be fathered by any male, so the litter has different fathers, not individual puppies. The only way to know who the father is of your puppy is to do a parental verification test. For this, you submit DNA from the puppy, the dam, and the suspected father(s). It takes a couple weeks, but then you know. You can't judge parentage on looks. the puppy could have a phenotype of anyone in the parents' backgrounds. You pup could easiy look like one of it grandparents, etc.. But your puppy definately 110% sure only has 1 father.

Isy answered on 11/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


There can be pups in one litter with different fathers.
Kennels who have certified stock, DNA, all their males.
It is only one male that is the father, a blood dna panel done correctly would show which dog is the father.
Both dogs can not be the father of the one pup.
There was a lady on t.v, she had twins and two fathers. It is rare but people can be like that also.

Twins share the same chromosomes so there is no way of telling who is who in that case. but, I doubt the dog are twins:)
In fact, that is another good question, has there ever been twin dogs? We have had twin goats before. hmmm.

Dieta answered on 11/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Yes your puppy only has one father, which could be any male that mated with the mother. There are tests you can do with only a DNA sample from your puppy. There is some doubt about them. They are not as sure as the tests using DNA from the suspected parents, see www.biopetvetlab.com www.wisdompanel.com

Aster answered on 11/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


that is possible if your not a responsible breeder for example your girl dog can be a yorkie and you breed it with a male poodle then your yorkie runs off it could have been with another male dog

Charlie answered on 11/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer