Deer Head Chihuahuas are a special kind of dog. They’re loud and dominating but they’re also very cute and love to cuddle on the couch. But when you have a pregnant female on your hands, you have to know the specifics of what to expect.
So, how many puppies can a Deer Head Chihuahua have?
On average, they can birth about three pups to a litter. However, because they tend to be a bit larger than most others in their genus, it’s not uncommon for them to have as many as four.
Even still, they experience the same risks as all other Chihuahuas because of their small stature and notorious health issues. So, it’s essential to develop a pregnancy and birthing plan with your vet. This will be the best way to ensure safety of both the mother and pups.
What Affects the Number of Puppies a Deer Head Chihuahua Can Have?
Several factors affect the number of puppies a Deer Head Chihuahua can have. The main ones are their small stature and delicate skeletal build. These aspects don’t allow for carrying a large litter. When you combine that with the common respiratory issues they suffer, it results in a small litter.
While the average is three, Deer Head Chihuahuas can have four or even five pups. But, this will depend on their general strength, overall activity and what kind of regular breathing problems they experience. So, you should expect to see at least one pup.
However, the number of pups does increase with the number of litters she has. First-time pregnancies never have more than three. In fact, it’s more likely she’ll birth one or two puppies. But, by the third or fourth, she may produce a much larger litter.
Do Deer Head Chihuahuas Need a C-Section When Giving Birth?
Most Deer Head Chihuahuas require a C-section when giving birth. But this isn’t true for every pregnancy. Each dog is different and will have varying experiences with each litter depending on the mother’s age and additional health concerns.
Having said all that, many Deer Head Chihuahuas give birth naturally in the comfort of their own homes without issue. But, this is why it’s a good idea to develop a plan of action with your vet, in case mom needs a C-section ASAP.
How Long Is the Gestation Period for Deer Head Chihuahuas?
Deer Head Chihuahuas are pregnant for the same time as any other type of Chihuahua: nine weeks. Of course, they can give birth after eight or 10 weeks if there are complications. But, the average and typical length of time is nine weeks.
At What Age Can a Deer Head Chihuahua Get Pregnant?
A Deer Head Chihuahua can get pregnant as soon as she has her first menstruation cycle. This means she can become pregnant as young as five months old. Once she reaches five or six years old, refrain from allowing her to become pregnant altogether. It becomes even more risky as they mature.
Therefore, the most ideal age a Deer Head Chihuahua should get pregnant is when she’s at least a year to two years old. This is when she’s at her best, healthiest and most agile for accepting a male.
What is the Weight of a Deer Head Chihuahua Puppy at Birth?
Deer Head Chihuahua puppies are very tiny, with most of them being able to fit right inside the palm of your hand. They can weigh anywhere between two and five ounces. With such small pups, you wouldn’t think there are complications, but unfortunately, there are many.
What Pregnancy Complications Do Deer Head Chihuahuas Have?
There is a host of complications mom and pups can experience throughout the course of pregnancy and during birth. Because expansion will take a toll on the mom’s abdomen, it makes it incredibly crowded for the pups in the womb. In extreme cases, this may cause one of the pups to miscarry.
Another unfortunate problem is during the dog’s labor. She may not dilate properly when it’s time for the pups to come and this gives great cause for concern. If she doesn’t get a C-section in the right amount of time, both mom and the litter can die. At the very least, mom will suffer lifelong health consequences from it.
Then there’s the matter of the number of pregnancies the mom has already had. If this is the third or fourth time, she may produce a larger litter of pups. However, even with a very healthy mom, the more pups there are, the more likely there will be at least one stillbirth.
How Often Can a Deer Head Chihuahua Give Birth per Year?
It is not advisable for a Deer Head Chihuahua to give birth each year. Their small stature and diminutive bodies cannot handle frequent breeding. Any responsible breeder won’t let their female ChiChi get pregnant more than four times in her life.
In fact, it’s a good idea to wait a few years before allowing her to produce another litter. This is because your female Chihuahua needs a lot of recovery time after she gives birth. Whether it’s the first time or the fourth, she will need at least six months to fully recover and then another two years to get back into her diet and exercise routine.
Do all Deer Head Chihuahua Puppies Live after Birth?
Depending on the health of the mother, the complications during pregnancy and the problems occurring at birth, there is a high instance of pups not making it once born. While this isn’t always the case, it is frequent enough to mention due to the high risk involved with a Chihuahua pregnancy.
Actually, it’s important to monitor the litter closely after birth to check for breathing, movement and responsiveness. It’s entirely likely that there will be at least one weakling in the bunch and it will need a lot of support from its human family as well as its mother.
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Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.