by Nikkie Vessier
(Granbury Tx 76048)
Do Rottweiler's have generally easy births? Or do they tend to have more complications than other breeds.
This is my/our first little with our Rottweiler and I am a bit nervous. My chihuahua has had one litter in the past but there is a big difference going from a 5 pound dog giving birth to a 90 pound dog giving birth.
Just wondering if there is anything that I need to especially keep my eye on... Thanks!
Small and tiny breeds are often more problematic in terms of whelping than the larger breeds, mainly due to their tiny frames and the delicacy of the pups.
Rottweilers are strong dogs and a healthy, well bred and fit Rottie will normally give birth without much trouble. However, there is always a risk involved with whelping and you need to have your vets' phone number handy and someone to help you just in case you need to get your dog to the vet, or need physical help.
If she is bonded closely with you and loves and trusts you she should let you be right beside her and help if necessary. However, first time 'mommas' can get nervous and scared and you will need to stay calm and try to keep her calm. You know your dog best, so follow your instincts there.
The biggest problem is when a puppy gets 'stuck' in the birth canal and that requires veterinary help. Generally once the first pup is born, subsequent pups will appear anywhere between 10 mins and 2 hours apart (usually it's somewhere around 30 mins to an hour, but all dogs are different). If more than 2 hours pass and your dog is contracting and pushing but no pup is appearing, then you need to get your vets' help.
As you've been with your chihuahua when she gave birth, it will be basically the same thing, just bigger... so you should be pretty familiar with it. The only other problem with big dogs is that they tend to be clumsy and almost unaware of their pups sometimes, leading to puppies being smothered or squashed by their mommas'. Some dogs are excellent, very attentive and careful. Others can be oblivious to their babies squeals. You will need to watch over her and her pups very carefully for a couple of weeks.
Hope this helps, best of luck with your litter.