When does your female dog begin her heat cycle…

When does your female dog begin her heat cycle?

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A female dog typically enters her “heat cycle” or Estrus twice a year, starting usually at 6 months of age with larger breeds beginning their cycle as late as a year old or later. Once a cycle begins, on average last 3 weeks.

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What to look for:

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The ProEstrus is the beginning stage, one will begin to see the females Vulva swell. It’s common for the bitch to lick herself in that area and male dogs will begin to react to her by sniffing her as she’s producing a hormonal scent. She will begin to produce a bloody discharge, this is all normal.

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One will probably notice the bitch would become flirty with dogs and “Flag” whenever another dog comes around her. Flagging is when she raises her tail and hind quarters up high to attract male dogs for breeding.

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If the idea is to breed your female, between day 8th thru 12th the discharge lightens to a pinkish color, her Vulva softens and her eggs are released from the ovaries.

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Note: if you do not plan to breed your bitch, you’ll notice her discharge look bloody again. Don’t worry, shes not in heat again. This time is called the Anestrus

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Lastly, please note: MALE DOGS DO NOT COME INTO HEAT. It is biologically impossible. A male dog is able and ready to mate at any time.

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