Reproduction, The Heat Cycle, Signs of Heat

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Reproduction (The Heat Cycle)
Signs of Heat

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/The first sign of a female (dam) coming "into season" is often swelling of
the vulva. This swelling can occur a week before bleeding, or the day
before. Other signs of heat are behavioral changes; your dam may start to
hump other dams, or pups or even your leg. She may also begin to lick
herself a lot./

 
 

If you own more than one dam, they will usually cycle together; one dam in
heat will bring other dams into heat. 

A female should NEVER be bred on her first heat (she has immature eggs) and
preferably not her second either. The rule of thumb that works best is to
breed on the third season, or at one and a half to two years of age, and
after all health tests have been passed.


Small vulva—dam not in heat

 


Small vulva—dam not in heat

 

A female dog in full standing heat swollen up.

A female dog


Source: www.dogbreedinfo.com/breedingheat.htm


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