Breeding Happy and Healthy Chihuahuas

Author: Katri Rantanen
Language: English
ISBN: 978-952-318-983-6
Paperback, 268 pages, mostly b/w
Published: 2015
Publisher: Books on Demand

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 9
Challenges of the breed 11
CHI-A-HOLICS 13
What you need to think about when you have more than just one Chihuahua? 13
When to take another Chihuahua? 14
Behavior 17
Chihuahua temperament 21
Barking and aggressive behavior in Chihuahuas 25
Watchdogs 27
Attitude 28
Fight-or-flight 29
Behavior related issues 30
Inheritance of behavior 34
Socialize Your Puppies Well 37
Periods of shyness 39
Meet the family, friends and strangers 40
Chihuahuas with Children 42
Chihuahua loves of its kind 44
Chihuahua and the world outside 47
Training your Chihuahuas 51
Basic elements for a training 52
Training a group of Chihuahuas 55
Mass hysteria 57
Useful training methods for Chihuahuas 59
The pack at home and in the garden 61
The doorbell 63
On the Street 64
Alone at home - Separation anxiety 66
How many Chihuahuas you can house train? 68
Urinating indoors 70
Submissive urinating 72
Happy showmanship 73
Table training 74
Walking on a leash 75
Stacking 77
Free stacking 78
Feeding your Chihuahuas 81
Allergies and digestive system 85
Chewing bones 88
THE LOOK 91
Pictures do not lie 92
The head of the Chihuahua – The piece of Art 93
A scull 94
A molera 95
Eyes 97
Ruby eyes 98
A muzzle 99
Teeth 100
Ears 103
Challenges of the head shape 106
Epilepsy 106
A hydrocephalic Chihuahua 107
A chiari malformation and syringomyelia 108
Respiratory problems 113
Free, energy saving movement 114
Forelegs 118
Hind legs 119
The body, back and tail 121
Flat tail 123
The muscular system and the heart 124
Coat, colours and the immune system 126
A long or smooth coat? 127
Immunity 129
The skin 131
Richness of Colours 133
Colour associated conditions 136
Breed type 138
Size 139
Short legged or long back? 140
General width 142
American and English type of Chihuahuas 146
Symmetry 148
Ugly age 149
I WANT MY FEMALE CHIHUAHUA TO HAVE PUPPIES 150
Genetic bases for breeding 151
Inbreeding 151
Outcross 151
Linebreeding 152
A genetic diversity 153
Bottleneck affect 153
The founder effect 154
Directional selection 154
Breeding the same or different coats together 155
Breeding from healthy stock with nice temperaments 156
Suitable health checks 157
Why you constantly have problems even when you breed from a healthy stock? 159
Reproduction 161
Maternal effects 161
A litter size 164
Birth weights 165
A stud 168
Proper time for mating 169
Mating 171
Assistance during the mating 173
After the mating 176
A pregnancy without a stress 177
A false pregnancy 180
Pregnancy Tests 181
Feeding a pregnant female 182
Problems during pregnancy 186
Miscarriage 188
STRESS OF WHELPING 190
Normal whelping 192
Start preparing early 193
Delivery 196
Examples from natural whelps 201
One year old first time whelping female, weight 1,775kg 201
Four years old first time whelping mother, weight 2,5kg 201
1,5 years old first time whelping female, weight 2,9kg 203
Problem Deliveries 204
A puppy stuck in the birth canal (dystocia) 206
Weird position of the puppy 208
Weak contractions (uterine inertia) 208
A C-section 210
A uterine rupture 211
Stories when not everything has been right 213
One-year-old female, size 3kg 213
Two-year-old female, weight 2,5kg 214
Four-year-old female, size 3 kg 215
The mother after birth 217
Taking care of the mother 217
After a C-section 220
Mother is rejecting her puppies 221
Uterine infection 222
Breast infection (mastitis) 223
No milk 224
Calcium shock (Eclampsia) 226
PUPPY BREATH – joy of puppies 228
Taking care of the puppies 228
Newborn puppies 229
One-week-old puppies 234
Two weeks old puppies 235
Problems with the puppies 237
A puppy is not nursing 237
A puppy is not growing 239
Diarrhea 241
Deformed puppy 242
Umbilical hernia 243
Infections or parasites 244
Lethargic puppy 245
Socialization of the puppies at the breeder’s house 246
Three weeks 249
Four weeks 252
Five weeks old puppies 255
Six weeks old puppies 257
Since seven weeks on 259
Feeding puppies with solid food 261
Weaning puppies from their mother 263
Re-homing puppies 265

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