When To Breed A Dog And How To Tell When Your Dog Is In Heat
So maybe this is your first time breeding dogs or maybe you’ve had a litter or two prior. Either way, it’s exciting, But I have one question for you! Do you actually know “When To Breed A Dog” and “How To Tell If Your Dog Is In Heat”?
You’re pretty sure that your dog heat cycle is coming up in a few months, so you get everything lined up as far who the stud is going be, you start scheduling your vet visits for a progesterone test, schedule when to do the breeding and maybe you’ve even posted the breeding on your website and started taking deposits! Wonderful! All your ducks are in a row!
When To Breed A Dog: Males Will Tell You When The Time Is Right
Now, if you have your own stud it’s going to be quite easy to tell if your dog is in heat.
For example, You wake up one morning and you begin to notice your male dogs on the property seem to be acting out of character ie. excessive whining, marking territory on your female’s kennel (they may do this all the time though so don’t solely rely on this) or even going to your females “POTTY SPOTS” and they begin to lick and drool like Homer Simpson when he sees doughnuts or food!!
They’re literally losing their minds!!
Well, this is usually one of the first and biggest telltale signs that your female dog is in heat and that the time for breeding is coming soon.
This is great if you actually have a male on the property because you can now adjust to the circumstances to ensure the breeding is a success!
But what if you don’t have a male on the property to give you this heads up? Well, I can tell you from personal experiences that it’s like playing a game of “Russian Roulette”!
When To Breed A Dog: Progesterone Testing And The Results
Progesterone testing is likely needed 1-4 times starting at about day five. Once you know she is ready, you can call the stud owner and meet him at the vet, unless of course, you perform your own artificial inseminations, then they can head to your house.
When you get to the vet, you bring your best friend in, and they bring her back for her progesterone test.
The next day, you get a call with the results.
Bad news, You missed her. It is too late to get her pregnant.
When To Breed A Dog: Missed The Window
This is the last thing you were expecting. Trust me, I can almost guarantee you that it has happened to pretty much every breeder at least once!
Now you have to call the stud owner and all the customers who have given you a deposit and inform them what has happened and figure out if you’re going to give refunds or inform them that their deposit will be put towards your next breeding.
This all depends on the contract you have in place with the customer.
Most of the time that’s a very rough conversation to have, but it’s necessary, and honestly, you might lose some customers!
Now, what if I gave you a little insider information and introduced you to a tool that can pretty much guarantee this won’t happen again? Well, guess what? I can and I most definitely will later in this post.
But for now, let’s go back to some very essential basics that you NEED to know!!!
When does a female dog first come into heat?
So your best friend is starting to get older and she is filling out nicely, and now comes the question “How To Tell When Your Dog Is In Heat”
Most female dogs first heat cycle usually happens around 9-12 months of age. But it can also happen as early as 6 months all the way up to 2 years (in my experience)!
With that being said smaller breeds of dogs can possibly go into heat earlier and the larger breeds can be up to two years old before they come into heat for the first time, so it might be hard telling! I recommend doing some research on your specific breed.
Can I breed my dog in her FIRST HEAT?
Technically, yes you can. BUT I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT!!
Just don’t do it!
At such a young age, she is just not ready mentally or physically to go through all the emotions and stress that breeding at such a young age can cause!!!
Not to mention the increased chance of birth defects of the pups and aggressiveness that the momma can have toward her pups or others!!!
So, please…DON’T DO IT!!!!
I’ve heard too many horror stories as a result of this.
On top of all this, for most dogs, the first heat cycle has a high chance of being unsuccessful anyway.
Therefore the standard practice and OUR RECOMMENDATION is to wait until the second or third heat cycle before breeding.
HOW OFTEN DO DOGS GO INTO HEAT?
For most dogs, their heat cycle can happen twice a year! Again, it also depends on the breed! SO DO THE RESEARCH on your specific breed.
Some females may have cycles every 4, 6, 8, or 12 months but the average is every six months. So ill say it one more time, Do some dang research on your dog breed!
HOW DO I TELL IF MY DOGS IN HEAT?
Remember earlier when I was talking about your male dogs on the property going absolutely bonkers and losing their minds? Well, that’s one of the few ways to tell!
Another is Vulvar swelling which can also be one of the first physical indications of an impending heat cycle!
Also, another way to tell is “Bleeding or Spotting” coming from there “Female parts”, sometimes you’ll actually notice the blood, but other times you may have to take some paper towel or a napkin and actually test her by dabbing the napkin on her vagina, and if you see blood, then you know. I would suggest you start using a paper towel or a napkin, daily, to check for spotting so you can tell when she actually starts.
SO YOUR DOGS IN HEAT! HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY MATE FOR A SUCCESSFUL BREEDING???
Now, this is another great question! But also very hard to answer due to the fact that it varies from dog to dog. On average the peak of your dog’s ovulation will be between 9-12 days. Now with that being said, I’ve had a female peak at 7 days, but I’ve also had a female not hit their peak till day 14!!!! And in some rare cases, I’ve heard of dogs not reach their peak anywhere from day 20-28. which is super rare, but it still happens!
How do I Check my girl’s Ovulation?
Well there 2 types of tests that can be performed, one being a Vaginal cytology/vaginal smears and the other being a Serum progesterone test, both of which require you to go to the vet and of course they cost you some money!
The progesterone tests usually range anywhere from $80 to $160! And as far as the cytology/smear test goes, I honestly can’t tell you the cost simply because we don’t do it, nor do any of the breeders I know personally.
“Remember Neither I nor ANY of the breeders associated with “The Breeders Spot” are Vets or Medical Professionals! We are simply giving you information and ideas from our own personal years of experience while breeding to try to help prevent you from going through the same issues we had! So Please. Follow up with your VET to see which test is best for your pet!!!!”
Now with that being said, throughout my years of breeding and from the experience of other Breeders in our community, we recommend sticking with the progesterone testing! Even with the tool, I am about to speak about, I always do at least one progesterone test on a ‘first time’ female so I can see where those numbers match with the progesterone test and charting will be more accurate. For future breedings, on that same female, I do not do progesterone testing. I just use charting.
THE TOOL THAT CAN SAVE YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS?
Remember at the beginning of this post when I told you that there is a tool out there that can increase the chances of never missing another breeding? Well, the time has come.
Let me introduce you to the…..(Drum-roll please)
Draminski Dog Ovulation Detector
Draminski Dog Ovulation Detectors are perfect devices for breeders who experience problems with effective mating. These ovulation detectors are helpful in identifying heat cycle disorders, split-heats, and silent-heats affordably and reliably. They can detect ovarian cycle disorders and determine the best date of mating, eliminating the need for repeat mating. Use solely to determine ovulation; or as a timing tool to know when to start other testing methods to reduce stress and expenses. These ovulation detectors for dogs are portable, handheld, easy-to-use, and safe.
The Draminski Dog Ovulation Detector 2 features a large database that allows breeders to enter, store, save, and automatically graph results for up to 100 dogs (name, breed,
number). The information can easily be transferred to a computer via the USB cable for archiving purposes. Includes memory to store, save, and automatically graph results for all your breeding dogs. The Draminski Dog Ovulation Detector 2 also features an LED
display for clear and visible measurement results.
The Original Draminski Ovulation Detector includes paper graphs for charting and
How it Works: The device measures the electrical impedance of the female’s vaginal fluid which increases in a unique trend with each female prior to ovulation. When used consistently as directed, this proven method effectively tracks timing when following the LH
surge and progesterone levels are at their optimum to indicate when appropriate to
proceed with insemination. Research shows that the peak and decline in readings using the Ovulation Detector occurs two days following the LH surge. The device readings will reach their highest point and start to decline about two days after this at the time of ovulation and it is
recommended to inseminate 24 hours (48 at the latest) of this peak and decline in
results for the best results.
SINCE IVE PURCHASED THIS DEVICE MY SUCCESS RATE HAS IMPROVED TO ALMOST 85% !!!!!!
Seriously, this device has helped out more than I can explain as I said, not only have I not missed a single breeding (excluding the false pregnancy’s or the absorbed litters) since including this tool into our program.
SERIOUSLY, you most definitely read that right. and yes the comma is most definitely in the right spot, let’s do the math!
The progesterone test costs between $80- $160, so for this example we’re going to use what I would normally pay which is $100
Now on average, you need anywhere from 2-4 tests to ensure you don’t miss the window!!! I would do this test about 3 times per dog!!!!
And on average I would have about 4 litters a year from different dogs!!! ( NEVER MATED THE SAME DOG MORE THEN 1 TIME A YEAR)
So let’s do the math now
$100 per test x 3 (amount of tests per dog) = $300
$300 x 4 dogs= $1,200
So yearly I was spending $1,200 on tests and I’ve had this tool for 6 years.
$1,200 a year x 6 years= $7,200
And that’s not even including the money I’ve earned on not missing a breeding, WHICH IS THOUSANDS!
Yes, the tool is a little costly (around $400) but I promise you, it pays for its self with just one successful breeding!
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