When can i feed my chihuahua puppies kibbles?

i have six 4 week old chihuahuas. i was just wondering when i could start feeding them kibbles and get them to stop nursing.

At 3-4 weeks, I start soaking the kibble in warm water to soften it and mush it up a bit so it will be easier for them to chew. At 5 weeks, I start leaving the kibble out all the time but continue with the soft food until they are eating the kibble okay. I let my mama dogs decide when to wean the pups. Sometimes it will be 5-6 weeks and sometimes it will be later. Sometimes they will feed them until they are about 10 weeks old.

  • itzallabouthorses

    Its usually between 4-6 wks. try them out on a liitle bit and see how they do but introduce them to it slowly as to not upset their stomachs. i have 3 pomeranian puppies right now that are 6 wks and they started about 2 wks ago eating at the mothers food so i let them, and they are doing fine!!
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    owner of 4 lrg. dogs and 5 pomeranians (breeder)

  • K.S.D.

    YOU SHOULD START WHEN THEY GET 2 MONTHS OLD. (& THAT IS THE BEST AGE TO FOR A PUPPY TO BE GIVEN/TAKEN SINCE IT DOSENT NEED TO BE NURSED ANY MORE….)
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  • dearhadliegh

    They start trying their mothers dry food at about 5 weeks. If you notice them trying to take it, add a little warm water next time so it's easier for them to chew. As their teeth grow the dam will refuse to feed them and she will wean them.
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  • chihuahua mama

    At 3-4 weeks, I start soaking the kibble in warm water to soften it and mush it up a bit so it will be easier for them to chew. At 5 weeks, I start leaving the kibble out all the time but continue with the soft food until they are eating the kibble okay. I let my mama dogs decide when to wean the pups. Sometimes it will be 5-6 weeks and sometimes it will be later. Sometimes they will feed them until they are about 10 weeks old.
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  • Rose

    Here is another backyard breeder breeding puppies as a cash crop.

    If you don't know the answer to the question you shouldn't be breeding. There's more to breeding than sticking 2 dogs together to make money.

    There are so many dogs being put down in shelters because there are to many dogs and not enough homes including chihuahua's. The main reason for this is backyard breeders like yourself. GET YOUR DOG SPAYED for crying out loud.

    Number one reason for the deaths of healthy dogs–EUTHANASIA!!!!!!!! GEt the picture?
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  • Debbie Mitchell

    This is in response to Rose and her reply as to when food should be introduced to puppies. I realize she posted over a year ago, but I sure hope she reads this. I too had this question and I found this site by googling the question. Rose, have you ever heard the saying about what happens when you assume something? (ass-u-me) I think this site is here to provide important information to people who need it. Not a place to be attacked for asking a question and to then be summarily judged as heartless and money hungry. I would not want her response to keep people from asking these types of questions in the future. Had that question not been asked I would not have found this site.

    I adopted my Chihuahua from a rescue on August 31st. She had been rescued from a puppy mill around the 15th of August. Due to her health and extremely low weight she was not spayed right away. With some pretty hefty medical bills looming for her care and because of my past history with adopting rescued Chihuahuas, they allowed me to adopt her knowing that I would have her spayed as soon as she was physically able. I brought her immediately in to my vet who started treating her for a nasty staph infection among other things. Her teeth were in horrible shape, and she was going to need to have most of them extracted. I was hoping it could be done at that first visit but she was not healthy enough for the procedure. It was when I brought her in for her follow up visit 10 days later that we started to suspect that she was pregnant. It turns out that she had been pregnant since the last week of July. The puppies were born on October 5th. It was a Sunday afternoon and it did not go very well. The first puppy was too large and became stuck in the birth canal. (To anyone contemplating breeding dogs, this is common for a Chihuahua.) She needed a c-section and was taken to the emergency animal hospital near my home. It cost almost $1400. Luckily the c-section went well enough that they were able to spay her at the same time. I now have 2 four week old puppies that I have no idea how to care for. I have always adopted the older pets with the youngest being 2 years old. With my vet and sites like this I am getting the info that I need. I was afraid to tell people my dog had puppies for fear they would think I had decided to breed her and that I’d be judged as irresponsible. It appears my fears were well founded. I will have to make sure everyone knows the whole story when they hear my dog had puppies.

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