Q. I want to breed my Papillon dam.I was told that small breeds often have problems giving birth and need C-section.That worries me.Is it true?

A. Usually small breeds with brachycephalic heads have more problems than breeds with pointed heads. It does not appear that papillons have any larger incidence of problems giving birth than other breeds. All bitches need to be observed closely when going into labor and should labor not produce a puppy within 2-3 hrs then it is time to take her to a veterinarian. There are many good pages on the internet that describe breeding practices and giving birth in dogs and I suggest you read up on this so there are no surprises.

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A. Yes, it is a possibility especially if the stud is significantly larger than the female being bred.

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