How old does a girl dog need to be to have puppies?
She needs to be at least 1 year old.
It's quite unusual for a dog to attack puppies. They may give a nip or two to let the pups know that they don't want to be bugged, but certainly not harming the puppies. You need a one on one dog trainer to get your dog into shape and to listen ON COMMAND. Whenever I get a dog when they are a few months old I start training them with a trainer. Remember, you are…
Biologically, the dog must be old enough to have had its first heat cycle, which usually occurs somewhere between 6 and 9 months of age. For the mother's health, it is best to wait until a dog is 3 years old before breeding her, so that HER body is completely grown and ready to support the growth of puppies.
Will it benefit your 3 year old chihuahua to eat Purina CV with puppy chow mixed in for her ONLY diet and to start the puppies on the same thing when they go to solid food?
It is healthy for dogs to have puppies (1-2 litters), however it can be difficult for dogs over the age of 6 to have puppies. The oldest age for a dog to have puppies should be 6 depending on the health and fitness of your dog. As dogs get older it can become extremely difficult for them to have puppies, especially medium sized and smaller dogs. It is better if you have your dog fixed…
It's possible the puppies are getting old enough to be weaned. Often she will decide this on her own when she has had enough. If they are eliminating on their own it is not a problem. If they are not you will need to simulate the mother dog's cleaning using warm cotton balls; otherwise the puppies can become constipated.