How Many Puppys Can A Chihuahua Have?
Is your Chihuahua pregnant? You may be wondering how many puppies your Chihuahua can have. There are a lot of different factors that would go into how many puppies your dog may have. After about 1 month of pregnancy, your vet can help you determine how many puppies that your Chihuahua may have.
How Many Puppies Will My Chihuahua Have?
While this can depend on a lot of different factors. Most chihuahuas have between 2 to 5 puppies. Some can have more and some can have only one. These are some things that would factor into how many puppies that your Chihuahua has in a litter:
The Size of your Chihuahua
Chihuahuas can range in size. Some are very small and only weigh just a few pounds while others can be over 10 pounds. Larger dogs have room to have more puppies in their litter. Small Chihuahuas tend to only have one or two puppies.
The Age of your Chihuahua
Younger Chihuahuas who are just having their first litter usually will have smaller litter sizes. It is not uncommon for a chihuahua’s first litter to only have one puppy.
The Health of your Chihuahua
If your dog has an underlying disease, they may not have as large of litters as a healthy chihuahua. It is best to only breed a healthy Chihuahua.
The Diet of your Chihuahua
Diet plays a very important role in the health of your Chihuahua. Your Chihuahua will need a good nutrient supply to be able to support a puppy’s growth and development. If you are feeding your Chihuahua a good diet, your dog will be able to have a healthy pregnancy.
How to Determine how many puppies my Chihuahua will have?
Many people want to know how many puppies to expect. Your vet can examine your Chihuahua to help determine how many puppies your Chihuahua will have. These are common tests that they will do to help determine this number.
Your vet will want to examine your Chihuahua. This will help tell if your dog is pregnant and possibly how far along they may be. They will use clues such as milk production and the size of your Chihuahua’s abdomen to tell if your Chihuahua is about to give birth
On day 26, your vet can ultrasound your dog looking for puppies. At this age, your Chihuahua puppies will be developed enough to see and count. Sometimes it is easy to count a puppy twice or miss on from being hidden by another puppy.
Around day 45 your vet can take x rays of your dog to look for bone formation and skeletons in your Chihuahua. They will be able to count these skeletons and tell you how many puppies to expect. In larger dog’s this can be harder since there will be way more puppies and one may get missed.
What Are Complications From Large Litters?
If your Chihuahua has a larger than normal litter, there are some health issues that you will need to repair for such as:
Needing a C-Section
If your Chihuahua has a very larger litter, your Chihuahua may need a c-section. Some Chihuahua only has so much energy that they can push puppies out. If they use up this energy they may need a c-section for all the puppies to be delivered.
Also, larger puppies could mean that your Chihuahua would need a c-section. If the male dog is larger than the female there is a greater chance of your dog needing a c-section.
If your chihuahua has a very large litter, they can develop a condition known as eclampsia. This is when they are producing a lot of milk and deplenish their calcium source. Low calcium in a dog can be very dangerous. You will see signs such as:
- Muscle stiffness
If you think that your Chihuahua has eclampsia, they need to see a vet right away. Your vet will check their calcium levels and give them IV calcium if needed. Your Chihuahua will need to be closely monitored for a few hours until they are back to normal.
Making sure that your nursing mother is fed a proper diet and monitor for any signs of eclampsia especially in dogs with larger animals will help keep your dog healthy.
How Many Puppies Can A Chihuahua Have The First Time?
The first time that your chihuahua has puppies they may have smaller litter sizes. Many times Chihuahua’s will only have 1 to 2 puppies in their first litter. As they have more litter the size of their litter may get a little larger.
Can Chihuahua Safely have puppies?
Many Chihuahua can safely and naturally have puppies. When breading your chihuahua, you need to look at factors that will help your Chihuahua has a safe pregnancy. These factors are:
Make sure the male is smaller
When picking a male, look for a male that is a little smaller than the female. This helps make sure that your puppies are not too larger for your female dog to be able to deliver.
Make sure that your female is health
Make sure that your Chihuahua is healthy. It is best that your veterinarian examine your dog and make sure that they are healthy enough to get pregnant. Working closely with your vet will help you be able to identify and quickly treat any arising issues that may happen during the pregnancy.
How Long Will My Chihuahua Be Pregnant?
Your dog will be pregnant for about 64 days. If your Chihuahua is still pregnant and it has been 70 days or longer, your dog needs to see your vet. This will help make sure that the puppies are still healthy and that there are no issues that are preventing your Chihuahua from delivering these puppies. Your vet can even give your Chihuahua medication to induce labor if needed.
If your chihuahua is pregnant, only expect 3 to 4 puppies. Your vet can start to help you determine how many puppies that your Chihuahua will have starting around 26 to 30 days. At these visits, your vet can discuss signs to watch for that would indicate that your Chihuahua may be having complications with their pregnancy and would need to have a c-section. With proper care and planning, your Chihuahua can safely and naturally have a successful birth at home.
Dr. Sara Ochoa, DVM graduated from St. George’s University Veterinary School in 2015. Since then, she has been at a small and exotic animal practice in Texas. In her free time, she loves making quilts and spending time with her husband Greg and their 4 fur kids. Two dogs, Ruby a schnoodle, and Bug a Japanese Chin, one cat named OJ and a leopard tortoise named Monkey.