when is the right time to mate my female? Is it better to have a smaller male?

Asked by paris on Nov 24th 2007 Tagged matingpregnancy in Pregnancy
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The right time to breed is after you've spent several years apprenticing with an established breeder and have gained all the knowledge you possibly can from someone else.

The right time to mate your female is after she's proven herself in either conformation and/or obedience and/or sports and has passed all the health tests that should be done for their breed. She should be a shining example of health and you should have every reason to believe that she is a great candidate to have a litter health-wise and will be a good mom.

The right time to mate your female is when all this has been done and you've found a stud that has also been proven and health tested and you've determined to the best of your abilities to be a good match for your female.

This is not only the RIGHT time, but the ONLY time a dog should be bred.

Meridian answered on Nov 24th.

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Gray Dawn Treader

Usually around the 12-14th day. It varies with some dogs. BUT, your asking this question tells me something negative. Have you done the years of studying required to be a good breeder? Your quetion tells me not so. You sound like a Backyard Breeder (BYB) or a Puppy Mill. These people, while not always "bad" people, breed for money rather than for the love and yearning to improve their favorite breed. First of all, is your dog even breeding quality? Oh, and no the smaller male. Puppy Mills do that so that there will be more puppies and more money. I'm sorry, but you should not breed your dog until you have done the proper studying (and if she is breeding quality). Breeding dogs is much harder than it looks. It can and will use up a LOT of your money. Do yourself, your dog, and dogdom a favor and do not breed your dog.

Gray Dawn Treader answered on 11/24/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 4 Report this answer


Gray said it all!

Jackson answered on 11/24/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


your dog is a mutt....why would you want to breed??
Yes, she is cute, but there are thousands of cute mixes at shelters.

ORSON the DOGGE answered on 11/24/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


The right time to mate is after 2 years old and you have clearances. About 11 days into the heat is when the girl can get pregnant. There is usually a 3 day window starting at 11 days but its different with each dog. Your vet can take blood and get a progesterone test done. This will tell you exactly what day your girl is ready.

Kobe answered on 11/24/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Honestly? Never.

Breeding dogs, just like having human children, is not something that should be undertaken lightly. Breeding dogs requires you to understand their genetics so you can pick a male that complements your female. You have to understand the breed standard and make sure your dog matches up to it. That's done by showing in conformation and getting titles on your dog. You also must do through health checks and even DNA testing to make sure there are no genetic diseases in your breeding stock. OFA hips and elbows are a must. CERF. All that.

Breeding can kill your female and the puppies. Even experienced breeders sometimes end up with a complicated pregnancy that ends up killing their litter and the mother. It's also very expensive to breed responsibly.

I saw on your page that Paris is a mixed breed, Maltese and Chihuahua. You should not breed her at all because she is a mix. I know "designer dogs" are in but there are enough BYBs and puppy mills pumping them out by millions.

Abby answered on 11/24/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I hate to be blunt, but honestly, if you have to ask this question, you have no business breeding your dog, it really is as simple as that.

If you want to breed a dog, you need to become an expert on breeding, gestation and the birth process.

Even then, you can't imagine all the complication that could arise from the process.

Put yourself in your dog's position: would you want someone to breed you when you don't have any idea what is happening or have a choice in the matter? Your dog will be much happier and healthier without being subjected to a pregnancy.

There are sooo many puppies out there. The fact that your dog is a mix makes no difference; the shelters are full of both purebred and mix breed dogs, alike.

Please do the right thing and enjoy your wonderful, adorable dog without subjecting her to a pregnancy.

Jack answered on 11/25/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Your dog is a mutt. Do not ever breed her!!!

PJ answered on 11/26/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer