From a person who bred her dogs and wished to share her experience
"My female is a Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix (Pomchi). Her name is Miata~Mae. This is her at 1 1/2 years old.
Her mate is a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix (Chiweenie) and his name is Macchiato. He is almost 2 years old.
My Pomchi had puppies 4 days ago. She gave birth to 5 pups, but sadly only one was alive.
The rest were stillborn and had their intestines on the outside of their bodies. I'm just heartbroken and traumatized over this.
I hope I did the right thing by immediately taking them out of sight of the mother. She and the one baby are both fine. The mom is very protective, but very loving to her baby. I'm thinking after she heals it would be good to have her fixed as I couldn't stand to see her go through that again.
I was told due to so many puppies her first time and the size of them they possibly didn't have enough room in the mama to develop. Could this be true? If not what would cause the deformity? I have never had an animal have babies so this was my first time and definitely not what I expected. The mama is a tiny little thing and is 1 year and 9 months old. I have gone to websites and read everything I could so I could help her have healthy babies and a good delivery and I've never seen or heard of anything like what I saw. I'm just thankful one lived so she could get some satisfaction out of being a mom. At first she wouldn't take to it. She kept trying to nudge it away and bury it under the blankets, but once it started to nurse she relaxed and adjusted well.
The puppy that survived is a chubby little thing. I named him Chevy."
Five pups is not an overly large litter. Toy dogs weighing 8 to 12lbs can have anywhere from 2 to 9 puppies in a litter without problems. The larger the litter the greater the chance one pup will not be fully formed (a runt). However, in this case the majority of the pups had defects. I would worry there is an underlying problem. When a dog gets pregnant the puppies are fully formed in the beginning of the pregnancy while they still have lots of room inside the mother. After they are formed, then they grow. I would definitely have her fixed. You do not want to risk this happening again. If she were going to be an important part of your breeding program, I would question if you really want to breed a possible problem into your lines.—Bev Dorma - A Mid-Woof and a champion breeder of MistyTrails Havanese
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.