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Old 02-10-2008, 07:58 AM   #1
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Default Seasons Of The Female Dog:

This takes alot of concentration and consideration when having a female or/and male not fixed. Please read and if your going to become a breeder do it the proper way and not the quick nonsense way of.
A major consideration when deciding between purchasing a male dog or female dog (bitch) is the twice yearly occurrence of a 'season' in bitches. Unlike cats, domestic dogs do not have a ‘breeding season’ and may breed at any time of the year.

If it is not intended to breed from a bitch she should be neutered before her first season. Owning a bitch in season requires responsibility for keeping the bitch safe from unwanted suitors.

Bitches usually have their first season, also known as being 'on heat', at an average age of nine months, can be sooner or later also?

Bitches in season should not be allowed to advertise their presence to neighbourhood dogs. They should be kept away from gates and fences where passing males may pick up their scent and they most certainly should never be taken for a walk on the street. Males will be most persistent in their efforts to get to the bitch and will climb, dig and chew their way to the ‘love of their life’.

The bitch will remain in 'season' for approximately 21 days. During the first 7 to 10 days of the season she will excite males but they will usually not mate with her, nor will she readily accept them. Most bitches are ready to mate from about day ten of the season and most bitches are finished their season by the twenty-first day.
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Those are generals - anyone with an intact bitch should know, some will "stand" i.e., be ready to mate, as early as 4 days into the estrus and as late as 22. No point in the season is "safe."

No bitch (or dog) should be bred prior to two, or without the necessary hereditary tests.

Males have hurt themselves horridly trying to get to a bitch in season. For the inexperienced, if you have a male and a female it is better to send him off for a visit or board him until she is finished.

Always take a bitch out on lead, never leave unattend. No dog is better for having been bred 1 time, it does not help their health at all. Some bitchs have become very "dirty" after one litter.

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My females are checked inside by the vet before breeding, wormed etc. I never leash a dog when hand breeding.

I stand by and let nature take over, if I am needed I am there, but NO leashes on my dogs. I have never ever not have a female not take in season and I never breed until late into the cycle for more uniform litters for me and my lines.

Breeders should know the lines well they are using to reproduce. Females very seldom stand first week going into cycles when just swelling, but can breed when in drip, but also rare till tenth day of entire cycle.

I have been breeding dogs most of my long life of some 40 years and I am not 69 yrs., so I pretty much know all the tangles and knots of the game. It is best to let dogs do the natural breeding, with a standby like me there to know how long the tie, if anybody pulls, etc. Never had a problem with assistance. My dogs would not want interference with leashes on to breed????
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Oh my! If we shared some of our experiences during the actual matings or even when drawing semen for the semen bank or AI; this place would become X rated and all the kids would have to cover their eyes!

Now that I think of it, I wonder how some of the kids get through the parental blockers because some dog terminology would be considered completely off limits if we weren't referring to dogs. Oh well, guess that's for another topic! I'm just thankful I raised my kids before the computer age took over!
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My females are checked inside by the vet before breeding, wormed etc. I never leash a dog when hand breeding.

I stand by and let nature take over, if I am needed I am there, but NO leashes on my dogs. I have never ever not have a female not take in season and I never breed until late into the cycle for more uniform litters for me and my lines.

Breeders should know the lines well they are using to reproduce. Females very seldom stand first week going into cycles when just swelling, but can breed when in drip, but also rare till tenth day of entire cycle.

I have been breeding dogs most of my long life of some 40 years and I am not 69 yrs., so I pretty much know all the tangles and knots of the game. It is best to let dogs do the natural breeding, with a standby like me there to know how long the tie, if anybody pulls, etc. Never had a problem with assistance. My dogs would not want interference with leashes on to breed????
Leash to take a bitch in season outside to do her business. My post wasn't on breeding...it was on not breeding

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This takes alot of concentration and consideration when having a female or/and male not fixed. Please read and if your going to become a breeder do it the proper way and not the quick nonsense way of.
A major consideration when deciding between purchasing a male dog or female dog (bitch) is the twice yearly occurrence of a 'season' in bitches. Unlike cats, domestic dogs do not have a ‘breeding season’ and may breed at any time of the year.

If it is not intended to breed from a bitch she should be neutered before her first season. Owning a bitch in season requires responsibility for keeping the bitch safe from unwanted suitors.

Bitches usually have their first season, also known as being 'on heat', at an average age of nine months, can be sooner or later also?

Bitches in season should not be allowed to advertise their presence to neighbourhood dogs. They should be kept away from gates and fences where passing males may pick up their scent and they most certainly should never be taken for a walk on the street. Males will be most persistent in their efforts to get to the bitch and will climb, dig and chew their way to the ‘love of their life’.

The bitch will remain in 'season' for approximately 21 days. During the first 7 to 10 days of the season she will excite males but they will usually not mate with her, nor will she readily accept them. Most bitches are ready to mate from about day ten of the season and most bitches are finished their season by the twenty-first day.
Great Thread Shep, good for anyone to read that is perhaps thinking of breeding or is just curious of the cycles.
ANd I agree Apples, we only get away with with talking about tthis topic and saying bitch because we means dogs definitly X rated if it were somthing else
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If it is not intended to breed from a bitch she should be neutered before her first season.
That is interesting, because most people here think that bitch should be neutered after her first seasons - never before.

Vilma had her firts seasons at the age of 15 months and now she has seasons once a year.
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That is interesting, because most people here think that bitch should be neutered after her first seasons - never before.

Vilma had her firts seasons at the age of 15 months and now she has seasons once a year.
There is some debates about that. Generally, it won't harm a bitch if she is spayed before her first heat cycle. But I've heard of stories of large breed bitches remaining juvanile in appearance and never filling out as a result of being spayed before her first cycle. I don't know how common this is though

I allowed my german shepherd to go through a heat cycle before I had her spayed for that exact reason. But I think for the general population, it's probably better for the female to be spayed BEFORE she goes into heat because not everybody is going to be responsible enough to keep a bitch in heat contained and supervised properly.
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That is interesting, because most people here think that bitch should be neutered after her first seasons - never before.

Vilma had her firts seasons at the age of 15 months and now she has seasons once a year.
I agree with Shep on this. The statistics are really increase for mammary tumors if a female is left to go through her first cycle. I spay all of my females before their first cycles as mammory tumors are incredibly common. I don't have the stats, but the risks go up at an amazing rate.
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I hope someone can clear this up for me. I always had male dogs growing up, so never had to deal with seasons and I now have two bitches. I have not yet had Simba spayed as she is new to me, but I intend to have it done after her next season.

All of you more experienced people will have to excuse my ignorance here, I am very careful with my girls when they are in season. However, I did not know that when the bleeding starts they are still fertile, I assumed it was the same as with humans and that the main part was over. I still kept Simba in for a week, until this had mainly stopped, but in my error I took her to visit my grandmother who has 2 entire male dachshunds.

This caused a huge problem as one of them started trying to get to Simba, being such a small dog he could not have done much anyway and I quickly took her away but I felt foolish for not realising that Simba was still in heat.

Can anyone explain to me how long I need to keep Simba in confinement for when in season? And how do you know when she is coming into season? She is very hairy so I can't really tell what's going on back there. I would really like to know how it all works!

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