Before you breed your Shih Tzu, it is very important to have testing done to both male and female dog. Why? Because a dog can be carrying genes that are passed on to the puppies. If 1 of the dogs is shown to have genes of a serious inherited disease, you will want to think twice about breeding them. If both dogs have the genes of a serious inherited canine disease, you will not want to breed them. This would only produce puppies who have serious health issues and will not only be of no value, but will not be happy & healthy pets.
What Type of Testing Must Be Done?
The eye test that should be performed are:
• CERF Canine Eye Registration Foundation, for heritable eye diseases
The dog, once cleared, can be registered with your local Canine Eye Registry
Testing for Renal Dysplaysia should be done:
• Urine Specific Gravity and urine concentration testing
• BUN and creatinine tests if above test show low levels
• Wedge biopsy
Hip Dysplasia testing should be done:
• X-ray – if cleared you will receive an OFA Certification that the dog is clear of this
Once cleared, you can register your Shih Tzu with your local Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
Additional suggested testing should include:
• Blood testing for VonWillibrands and thyroid disorders
• Bile acid test
• Brucellosis Testing - Request this for any stud dog; this is a canine STD that spreads through mating with terrible consquences.
• BAER (Brain Auditory Evoked Response) for hearing loss
If you are wondering about how to obtain exact Shih Tzu breeding information, including:
How do You Actually Urge Dogs to Mate?
The timing must be right. How do you know when your dog is ready to breed? Many believe that it is as soon as they notice the signs of heat. This is not correct.
Males can breed anytime at all, as most male Shih Tzu owners are quite aware of. The female is usually choosy and the timing must be right according to her heat cycle in order for her to become pregnant.
The Shih Tzu will normally enter heat 2 times per year. Most will not want to mate the 1st day. For some dogs, the female will be ready up to 2 weeks after signs of heat occur.
The average time to breed your Shih Tzu dog will be 2 and 16 days after the 1st signs of heat.
How do You Know Which Day is Best?
Your female dog will let you know. When she is ready, she will not run or try to avoid the male dog. She will move her tail
to the side (called flagging) which means she will be receptive to the male.
Can My Shih Tzu Become Pregnant After One Try?
Yes. If mating when she is at the optimal time, a Shih Tzu can certainly mate successfully after just 1 attempt.