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Breeding a Shih Tsu

August 17th, 2006, 11:07 PM
We are trying to breed our female shih tsu and have heard many different theories on when to breed her. I've heard that as soon as she goes into heat and starts her period, it's time. I've also heard that you need to wait 5-7 days after she starts her period and breed her every other day thereafter until she goes out of heat. Can someone please cleat this up for me? :confused:

August 17th, 2006, 11:09 PM
Why not ask your mentor? You should have an experienced breeder as a mentor before considering breeding.

August 17th, 2006, 11:18 PM
Hmmm.... are you an official registered breeder or a BYB?

August 18th, 2006, 03:48 PM
To answer your question: To get the best results you want to wait until 7 to 10 days after the first sign of blood. Your girl will know when she's ready, she wont let a male penetrate her until it's time. Make sure you mark the date on the calander of her first breeding. After the first breeding you want to keep them seperate for 24hrs and then wait 48 hrs for the final breeding.

You really should be working with a breeder as you will have a lot of questions and may need some assistance. I am learning under one of the top Shih Tzu breeders in Canada so feel free to ask me any questions. You can email me at *** as well as I know that this forum can get a little touchy about breeding. Please make sure tho that you have gotten the approval and health clearences from your vet before you start breeding. Also make sure you have the funds before hand to deal with the trips to the vet and any emergancies that come up. Breeding is not cheap or easy.

August 18th, 2006, 04:24 PM
I'm no shih breeder or anything, but is it spelled "shih tsu" or "shih tzu"?

August 18th, 2006, 05:17 PM
I'm pretty sure it's "Shih Tzu" unless both are acceptable. :confused:

August 18th, 2006, 06:13 PM
Here we go:

August 18th, 2006, 06:30 PM
The proper time to breed your female is after you have proven that she is an excellent representative of the breed by showing her to her championship and after she has been tested and cleared of all genetic diseases.

August 18th, 2006, 06:35 PM

everything a responsible dog owner needs to know on the issue of breeding.

August 28th, 2006, 05:34 PM
Please reconsider. There are many, many homeless Shih Tzus.

Here are some links on breeding, and the realities of it:]

Please note I am not against breeding per se, but with the pet overpopulation that we have, I feel that only the best of the best dogs should be breed and only after throughough testing has been done. I strongly reccomend mentors.