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what size male dog should I breed to my female dog to make sure she can naturally deliver them?

My female is a 15 lb. Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix. I want to breed her to a Mountain Feist. I'm concerned that if I select a male that is larger that my female will not be able to deliver them.

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If you have to ask on this website, you should leave the breeding to professionals. There are more complications possible than just the size of the pups, including things which may kill both the pups and the mother.

Also, certain breeds carry certain genetic malfunctions, and you can unknowingly combine these genes and create pups that are destined for a life of heartache or pain.

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1. Dogs have been breeding without the aid of "professionals" forever.
2. My female has been given the go ahead from our vet to carry pups.
3. Jack Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers and Mountain Feists are basically the same breed...thank you for your answer but there is no need in being so arrogant.
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I'm not being arrogant, I'm being honest. I've seen puppies die because their owners didn't know the genetics of the parents, and the litter was full of babies with heart defects. I've also known people who decided to breed their pets, and the breeding went fine, but then they didn't know how to identify a breach birth and the mother almost died (in one case, actually died) from blood loss and trauma because they didn't get to a vet in time... and any puppies after that breach birth often didn't make it. Then there's the few people I've met who have had litters, but didn't know how to care for runts or rejected offspring, so they would be stunted and weak the rest of their lives from malnutrition as a pup.

These kind of things happen when people decide to breed their pets on impulse. A person who is experienced/trained in breeding will know what to expect and what to look for, and will have researched the lineage and genetics of the mating pair. They also know what traits they are breeding for, and what lines have a good history of good genetics, health, and temperament.
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Thank you for your honesty. No impulse here. If it was I would just find some male and throw him in with my female. I know the lineage of my dog and the owner of the prospected sire has owned champion Mountain Feists for 30+ years, both dogs are free of any health defects and undesirable traits the only issue is that his male is slightly larger than my female, he says it should be fine but I want to get as many opinions as possible. This site is just one avenue. I'm sorry for calling you arrogant, your first comment, for some reason, made me feel like you think I'm stupid...I assure you I am not. Your comments have been helpful and again, I apologize for my knee jerk reaction to your first one.
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Good thinking. Make it easier on your female and breed her with a dog her size. Then have her nuetured after the puppies arrive. We have enough unwantd dogs in our shelters.

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Thank you for your answer. I agree that there are enough unwanted dogs and cats roaming around. We have 3 dogs, 2 of which that are rescues that we had spayed. The dog I am asking about is a squirrel hunting dog that we kept fertile so we can keep her bloodline in our family. You sound like a responsible pet owner and rest assured, so am I. I would not be breeding my dog if I didn't have responsible owners such as yourself waiting for pups.
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Thank you. I volunteer at the animal protection league. It breaks my heart to see so many unwanted dogs live their whole lives there. We are a no kill shelter. I'm so glad to know you love your dogs and will do your best by them.
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It is imperative that the male be the same size or smaller than the bitch. If the male is bigger, the pups will probably be too large for her to pass, thereby putting her life in danger. Read on from www.veterinarycentre.co.nz/dog-breeding.php.

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Very helpful, thank you very much.
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Same size or smaller. I agree with the above answer, there are too many dogs without homes so don't have multiple litters.

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