Does the male or female dog determine how many puppies?
The number of puppies a dog can have in one litter does not really depend on how many times the dog mates. As you know, each puppy comes from the union of one sperm and one egg. But every time a female dog mates, it’s going to have huge numbers of sperm ejaculated into it.
How many puppies can a dog have in their first litter?
An average litter consists of about five to six puppies, though this number may vary widely based on the breed of dog. Size of the breed is correlated with litter size. Miniature and small breeds average three to four puppies in each litter, with a maximum litter size of about 5–8.
How many times should dogs mate?
Most dogs are first bred between the 10th and 14th day after the onset of proestrus. As long as the bitch will accept the male, mating every other day for a total of two or three matings is generally considered sufficient.
How do dogs have multiple puppies?
A female dog can have as many different fathers for her puppies that bred with her. Dogs can release multiple eggs and they can be fertilized by whichever dog’s semen is present. If more than one male bred her, that’s how many fathers the puppies can have.