How Long Is A Chihuahua's Pregnancy?


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Dominic Ladden Profile
Dominic Ladden answered
As a dog owner you will know that there is nothing more exciting that when your dog is pregnant and about to provide you with a litter of beautiful puppies. This is especially enjoyable if you are a dog breeder and you will be making a substantial profit from the pups. The Chihuahua is one of the most popular small dogs in the world and certainly one of the cutest. Obviously, all dogs vary in some way or another, even when they are from the same breed. But as a rule when it comes to pregnancy they are all pretty similar. If your Chihuahua becomes pregnant, one of the most important facts that you will be interested in is exactly how long that they will be pregnant for so that you can properly prepare for the arrival of the puppies. The official duration of a Chihuahua’s pregnancy is between 62 and 64 days. However, this can vary somewhat depending on the number of puppies that your Chihuahua is going to have. The more puppies that your Chihuahua is going to have in the litter, the shorter the term of the pregnancy will be, if there are more than two puppies in the litter then there is little likelihood that your Chihuahua will last the full term, they will be more likely to give birth after around 59 or 60 days. If you are looking to breed Chihuahuas, it is advisable to carry out some research into the animals before you begin as they are notoriously difficult to breed and you can lose a lot of puppies if you do not know what you are doing.
Elaine Vellianitis Profile
Chihuahua's are pregnant for 63 days, from the first tie. Make sure, that you take her to the vet and get her checked out to make sure everything is ok. Have an xray done, so you can see how big the puppies are and how many she is going to have. Chihuahuas are known to have complicated pregnancies and sometimes require a C-Section to save the mom's life and her puppies lives. It doesn't sound like you have experience in breeding judging by the question you asked. If you don't know what you are doing and your Chihuahua has complications you don't know how to spot and immediately act on those complications, then the mother and her puppies can die. There is no time to think when whelping time (delivery) comes. Every move that you make, can affect the mothers and puppies lives. If she was bred with a male, that is larger than she is, then she will most likely need a C-Section, because the puppies may be too large for her to deliver (Whelp) by herself, and that's why you need to have a vet standing by  and coaching you , just in case she does need a C-Section. Before I started breeding Chihuahuas, I did research for a very long time and I knew exactly what I was doing, what to expect and exactly what to if there was a complication. I never lost any of my females, I never lost any of the puppies and none of my females ever needed C-Sections. They are all Spayed and Neutered now, so I haven't bred in a while.  When the vet says it's safe, please have your female Spayed!This is a link to a great website called is full of information, that may help answer more questions you may have. I believe they also have a video of a Chihuahua giving birth, to give you an idea what to expect. I hope this helps! If you need anymore help, give me a Shout and I will do my best to help you out!ADD: The picture that I posted of the 3 Chihuahua Puppies, is my first litter! Click on the picture and you can get a closer view of them.
Elaine Vellianitis Profile
They are pregnant for 58-63 days, from the first tie (breeding). Count 63 days from the first breeding and you will have your approximate due date. You need to make sure that you take your Chihuahua to the vet. You need to know how many puppies she is carrying, how big the puppies are, and if they will be too large for her to deliver on her own and possibly need a C-Section, or if the vet thinks that she will be ok to deliver the puppies on her own. The vet will also be able to give you an approximate due date. If she was bred with a male that is larger than she is, then she will have problems whelping (delivering) the puppies on her own and will probably need a C-Section to save her life and her puppies lives. She should be under a vets care the whole pregnancy and whelping! When the time comes for her to whelp her puppies and you don't know how to spot a complication or assist the mother during the complication, your Chihuahua and her puppies can die. You have to know exactly what you are doing, because when whelping time comes, you don't have time to think, only to react and you have to know what to do, or you will be putting your Chi's life at risk if you don't. It is so important, to make sure that she is being watched by a vet. 
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Anonymous answered
It will take 58-69 days with an average of 63 days. This is true for all dog breeds including chihuahua. You should get confirmation of her pregnancy by visiting a vet. Your dog should also get abdominal ultrasound after 50 days of pregnancy. This ultrasound will help you to know litter size and birth defects.

She will start to show signs of labor 8-48 hours before start of whelping. These signs are
  1. Reduction in rectal temperature below 100 F
  2. Loss of appetite
  3. Agitation
  4. Restlessness and pacing
You should get help from the vet in the delivery of puppies because it can be complicated. It is necessary to get appointment from vet well before time.
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Anonymous answered
It is possible for your male dog to get your female pregnant.  Usually very young intact male dogs are not fully developed or do not know how to mate the female appropriately.  Most stud dogs are more successful at breeding at 1.5 years or later. 
Gestation (pregnancy) lasts 63-66 days.  If she was bred at the end of April she is overdue, so it is somewhat unlikely she is pregnant.  She is overdue if she is pregnant (this can be life threatening)--she needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately to determine pregnancy.  Fetal skeletons are visible on x-ray at day 45.
Females can experience pseudo (false) pregnancy as well.  Your veterinarian will help diagnose this disease. 
Contact your local shelter for low cost or income based clinic options.  Some clinics offer payment plans as well.

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