In the past, almost all dogs that weren't going to be bred were neutered or spayed at a young age. Because of this trend, only breeders had to deal with the issues of heat cycles. That has changed recently, though, as numerous studies have demonstrated that waiting until your dog is fully sexually mature before having her spayed or him neutered may be preferable. As a result, we get lots of questions about how to manage a dog's first heat. Here are some ideas and items to help you make it through your girl's first heat.
IDENTIFY THE STAGES- Males may be more drawn to females when they are in heat, but females only want to mate for a brief period. Keep your female isolated from any intact males during her entire cycle. About nine days after she starts bleeding, your dog usually becomes fertile (but again, this varies). She is still fertile for a few days, even after the bleeding has ended. Before thinking the situation is safe, wait until her vulva shrinks to its pre-heat size.
SHOP FOR YOUR SUPPLIES - Not all of these items are necessary. When making purchases, consider how many heat cycles your female will experience.
PERSONAL TIPS - Final thoughts on your dog's first heat that we would like to share with our Guardian Homes and Owners are as follows:
We hope you make it through her first heat cycle with ease. We assure you that there is nothing to worry about if you are prepared. Please comment if you have any extra ideas or products you'd like to see in this post. Also, don't forget to follow us on Facebook for additional helpful advice on Cavaliers,
Looking for a breeder to assist you with the certifications, testing, natural mating, whelping process, and finding good homes for the puppies. We would love to help. And before posting on FB or other social media platforms, please read below as to what you might get instead:
About once per week, a kind-hearted dog lover will upload a photo of their adorable and cherished pet to an online community and declare their intention to breed the animal, but confess they lack the knowledge regarding how to do so. They receive criticism from other breeders or "adopt, don't shop" proponents within minutes, telling them to give up on their goal of breeding their canine and using abbreviations like DNA, OFA, and AI without providing any context. These comments are well-intentioned - the majority of reputable breeders and animal advocates detest nothing more than reading posts on social media about sick dogs sold by bad breeding practices and so-called "backyard breeders." They want people to know that breeding is much more complicated and costly than most people think.
Nevertheless, every breeder started somewhere, and as a member of the SPCA Board and a supporter of the organization, I've come to understand that if breeders stigmatize or discourage anyone else who has an interest in breeding, we are essentially ensuring that the very thing we are trying to stop will occur—namely, that individuals will proceed without the knowledge and tools they require. Because of this, I advise anyone thinking about breeding their canine to find a knowledgeable breeding mentor.
I'm delighted to spend my time and efforts helping those interested in breeding or attempting to launch a program involving Cavaliers. Others interested in learning more about these breeds are not my rivals; I view them as allies in the mission to advance these breeds and ensure healthy bloodlines. When I first began breeding, I had two mentors, and I feel I have to return their kindness by being helpful to others.
If you want to breed your dog, kindly consider hiring a breeding mentor to guide you. Before contacting a prospective mentor, be ready to respond to the following inquiries:
Before attempting to breed your dog, you should try to correct any issues that the answers to any of these queries indicate. It's time to look for a mentor if you can say "yes" to each of these queries. Look for these things when choosing a mentor:
Invest some time in the following (if your dog is too immature) to learn more about breeding:
Breeding your dog can be an exciting and enjoyable adventure, but it is also a significant duty and should only be undertaken after careful consideration and advice. On these pages, you can find out more about breeding:
AKC Breeding Mentor Article
How to Choose a Mentor
Please contact us at JustALittleCavalier@gmail.com if we can assist you in your breeding goals.
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