How Many Puppies Do Chihuahuas Have? Litter Size of Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas are one of the most popular dog breeds in America, but how many puppies do they have?

Let’s find out!

Chihuahuas typically give birth to 1-3 puppies per litter on average, with some litters having as few as one or two and others having up to twelve!

Factors like how old mom is, how much food she gets, how long her pregnancy lasts for and even how many times a male has been around all affect the size of a chihuahuas’ litter.

This article will discuss how many dogs Chihuahuas typically give birth to, as well as some factors that can affect how many puppies they have.

How Many Puppies do Chihuahuas Actually Have?

Chihuahuas have at max Five Fertile Years in their Lifetime .Responsible Breeders won’t breed more than 4 times in theie entire Lifespan.

Here’s an example calculation that you can use to estimate the actual number of puppies of Chihuahua.

If Chihuahua Mom is going to have 4 Puppies as the highest number of puppies in a single litter,then it will have at most 4*4=16 Puppies in her entire lifetime.

However,there are some exceptions too.One Chihuahua from Kansas gave birth to 11 puppies on March 2018.This is most probably the world record in litter size of Chihuahua!

The gestation period of a chihuahua is approximately 62 days. The average weight at birth is 2 lbs. A female dog will have her first heat cycle between 6 months and 18 months old, but it’s not uncommon for them to start as early as 4 months or late as 24 months. It’s best not to breed a female chihuahua before she has had her first estrous (heat) cycle so that complications can be avoided due to an immature reproductive tract.

Pregnancy in chihuahuas is different from humans. A pregnant chihuahua’s gestation period takes nine weeks instead of Fourty. A female will usually have between one and four puppies in her litter. In the first stage of pregnancy, the dog’s uterus starts to grow and she may start gaining weight.

The second stage begins with labor means contractions that push the puppies out into the world! For some dogs this can take hours or days before they give birth, but for most it only takes about fifteen minutes.

Once born, each puppy must be given time to nurse from their mother before being placed back inside her warm body so they can keep warm and continue developing. 

Chihuahuas are also known for having smaller litters than other breeds because they have shorter pregnancies – between 60-65 days long. Some breeders believe that this is due to their small stature and lack of room in which to deliver healthy pups.

How many Puppies can a Teacup Chihuahua Have?

Chihuahuas are considered as the “Small-sized Dog Breeds.”

Teacup Chihuahua are the smallest among all Chihuahua breeds.

Here’s an example calculation that you can use to estimate the actual number of puppies of a Teacup Chihuahua

If the Tiny Teacup Chihuahua Mom is going to have 2 Puppies as the highest number of puppies in a single litter,then it will have at most 4*2=8 Puppies in her entire lifetime.

Factors that Affect the Litter Size of Chihuahua

Chihuahua’s are small dogs with a reputation for having large litters, but there are many factors that can affect their litter size. These include the genetic makeup of the parents, if they’re spayed or neutered and what breeders did to prepare them for breeding.

Here are five factors that can influence how many puppies your Chihuahua will have.

Genetic Make-up

Chihuahuas come in two sizes (medium and toy), so you’ll want to know which one your dog is before making any assumptions about its litter size. For example, some Toy sized Chihuahuas may only produce one or two puppies while other medium sized Chihuahuas might be able to produce up to five or six puppies.But it is very rare that Medium sized Chihuahuas are giving birth to 5-6 puppies in their first litter.In the first litter it ranges between 1-3 puppies for Medium Sized Chihuahuas.

Age of Chihuahua

Age is another crucial factor which affects the Litter size of a Chihuahua.

For example, A chihuahua will give birth to 1-3 puppies in their first litter.

Whereas,Older Chihuahua Mama can give birth upto 5-6 puppies.It’s not very uncommon.

So Older age = Larger Litter Size= More Number of Puppies


How much food a female Chihuahua gets can affect how many puppies she has, with more food leading to higher numbers and less food leading to lower numbers. It’s important for her diet not to be so high in protein that it may cause liver damage or too little carbohydrates and fat which might negatively impact her milk production.

Note :The Litter Size of Obese Dog is usually smaller.

Length of pregnancy

How long a female Chihuahua’s pregnancy lasts for can affect how many puppies she has, with shorter pregnancies leading to more litters and longer periods giving rise to fewer litters.

Number of times a Male is around

How many times a male dog breeds the female will affect how many puppies she has, with how often he is around her leading to more or fewer litters.

Size of the Dog

According to a Study Done by AKC,it has been proven that litter size also depends on the physical size of the Dog.As Chihuahuas are small-sized dogs,so their litter size is also small.

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Immad Amir

Immad has a black Labrador who is his first child. With no prior experience of how to take care of his pooch, Immad started researching about what dogs love to eat. This blog is a journal of all the research Immad has done regarding a pet's diet.
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