thought i'd post this on here cos it's more likely to be seen here than in the breeding section, so... a friend has a chihuahua pup (which they got a couple of months ago and still haven't received the pedigree for because the breeder is fobbing them off.... I smell a scam and a BYB ) and now they are planning on getting another chi pup to breed with their current one. They are not in my eyes responsible pet owners - they've had more animals in the last couple of years than i've had hot meals! So, now they're intent on breeding chihuahua's I thought i'd ask you people for your advice, because I won't be able to talk them out of it so I might as well try and help them to breed responsibly so here's a few questions: 1. What health tests will need to be done on dog/bitch? I'd imagine eyes are a biggy with chihuahua's and maybe hips/arthritis? My friend seems to think they can just buy a female chi and stick her with their male, I don't think she's given health testing a single thought. 2. Do they usually need c-sections or are there any other common implications of chihuahua pregnancies? 3. What size litters do they usually have? I'd imagine being such a small breed they'd only have small litters, so this may put her off (all she's interested in is £'s) 4. How much will the pups be worth if the father has no pedigree? This may be the biggest put-off to them because I think she's only bothered about the money - she's certainly not interested in bettering the breed or contributing anything positive to it. 5. If she just kept the male and used him for stud, would she gain any money out of that? Again, I think she is just seeing £ signs so it may be worthwhile mentioning that she could just use him for stud - that way she gets her bloomin money without the mess, expense and complications of owning the bitch too. I don't think she's an evil person.... she probably does mean well and just doesn't realise what has to go into breeding, but I just worry that as soon as they've had a litter, they will either not sell the pups and end up stuck with a litter (which will just go to rescue or be given away to the first people they see :nonod or she will realise that it is all too difficult and will decide to get rid of both dog and bitch :nonod: because that is how they seem to operate, no dog lasts more than 6 months in their house. I'd be so grateful if anyone could answer even a couple of these questions because I know I won't stop them from breeding, so i might as well try and help them to do it properly.