Can a Chihuahua Mate With a Shepherd?

by Betty Lewis
    Dogs of nearly any size can find a way to mate with each other.

    Dogs of nearly any size can find a way to mate with each other.

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    One may be big and one may be extra small, but as long as the parties involved aren't neutered, a German shepherd can mate with a Chihuahua. You may have your eye on a potential partner for your dog, but before you set up a date, there are a few considerations to take into account.

    Big Mothers Wanted

    There's no catchy name for a German shepherd crossbred with a Chihuahua, although they can certainly make puppies together. If your Chihuahua is a female, she should mate with a guy closer to her own size. A male German shepherd will father pups that are too large for your little Chihuahua lady to birth -- the size of the puppies typically falls somewhere in between the two dogs sizes. Consider a German shepherd tends to be 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50 to 90 pounds, and a Chihuahua maxes out at 5 inches and 6 pounds; that means a potentially life-threatening situation for the Chihuahua. Though the male Chihuahua may need a bit of assistance mating with a German shepherd, it's much safer, as the larger dog should have no difficulty carrying and delivering her litter.

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    About the Author

    Betty Lewis has been writing professionally since 2000, specializing in animal care and issues, business analysis and homeland security. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University as well as master’s degrees from Old Dominion University and Tulane University.