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Asked 4/19/2007

How many puppies does a maltese have on a first litter?

We have a Maltese whom we are going to be breeding (with other maltese) in the future. While being watched by a friend of ours while we were out of town, she mated with a neighbor's begeal and is now pregnant. We have found a good homes for up to 3 puppies, but I've read conflicting information over whether a first litter is larger or smaller than usual. All of the information I have is on breeding maltese with maltese, does the father's breed make a difference in the mechanics of pregnancy and birth? Does anyone have any puppy-rearing advice, I want to make sure I do everything right by the pups. Any help would be appreciated!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Answer 1/2 - Submitted 4/19/2007

why are you turning your dog into a breeding machine?! you obviously can't care for her properly while in heat since you let her get pregnant by a beagle. and you STILL plan to not fix her and breed her in the future? poor thing! i guess i just don't understand why some people care so little about their dogs that they risk their lives over and over by breeding them multiple times. unless my dog was an amazing show quality example of her breed, i would never risk her life just so i could have some puppies.

 
 

Answer 2/2 - Submitted 4/19/2007

First off, Maltese females have a very hard time giving birth.
C-sections are very common. Some vets will even suggest scheduling one to ward off potential life threatening complications. I've seen as many as 5 puppies in a maltese litter, as few as 1. A lot depends on the female's genetics.
If her mother had large or small litters.
Get a lot of prenatal care for the pregnant female.

 
 
 
 

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