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Hey guys. I have a female Dobe, 2 years old. She recently bred with my red male. I have personally witnessed them tie at least 5 times for more than 15 minutes each. It's been almost a month and I haven't seen any bulging in her tummy. Her appetite has gone up and now has gone back down for a couple days now. I don't see any enlarged teats but her nipples are still bigger than before she went into her estrus cycle. Vulva is still a little larger than normal, but nothing considerable. Her personality changed a lot though. Now she's a lot more needy and wants attention 24/7. Could you guys give me any advice on this? I want to know if she's pregnant or not because I'm really anxious to know. It's my first attempt at breeding by the way.

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Depending on her body type, it can be hard to tell this early. Our girls didn't really start to show until about two or three month, but then they started to balloon, especially the last month and final weeks. They looked like big miniature cows - happy and needy as can be until the last week, then miserable.

How prepared are you for the whelping? Have you handles birthing before? Will someone be with her 24-7 the last month?

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Thank you for the quick reply. No, I have never handled a breeding myself before but I've seen dogs being whelped. I've been reading up on anything i can find regarding the process. So let me get something straight. What you're saying is that it takes awhile for dobermans to start showing if they're pregnant or not? And it's not that visible until at least half way through the pregnancy?

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The pregnancy is 60-64 days. If she's not showing after four week, she's not pregnant, but people often have a hard time telling if their dog is showing. It's that last two week that they get really big, but she might have only one puppy. She could also be having a false pregnancy. Dog do that.

The whelping process is a difficult and stressful one in the Doberman. They are very domesticated and can't handle things on their own. If a placenta is left in her, she'll die without a powerful "clean out" shot. There's a hell of a lot to learn, and it would be difficult to learn it from a book or a forum.

Will someone be home 24-7? You should treat her as if she were pregnant to be sure.

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Two ways to tell. Go the the vet, typically for $25-$35 you can have a pregnancy test done. Or if you know enough to do it, you can palpate her. Get her to stand real still and let her relax, then gently put your hands on either side of her belly and press together. If she's pregnant, you'll feel sweeling, and later on in pregnancy, a hard lump (or many hard lumps). Good luck!

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Just to reiterate what Horse has stated is true.  Somebody should be there,24-7; many things can happen, puppies can get stuck in the birth canal and the Mom can panic. If nothing happens after the first pup for 2 hours , you have to be there to get her up and have her walk around, this usually gets things moving again.  If this is her first litter the dog could get very nervous and stressed if you are not there to assist. It is quite common (and I have had to do it several times myself) to suction the puppies to clear their airways to clear out the fluid. I have also had to stimulate them to get them breathing.  Also it is imperative that every puppy nurse of the mother to get the colostrum. Failure to be there could very well lead to the loss of puppies.

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Hello!  I know this thread is very old, but I found this information relevant to my case.  It's been 15 years since I had a Doberman litter.  I always have at least one Doberman living with me since 1985.  I am now with my 9th Doberman.  She a girl from 100% European, with breeding rights. 

 

6 years ago I had semen collected from my last and best male, he had great conformation and temperament with the most stamina I have ever seen with all the dobes I had so far.  The semen have been frozen in liquid nitrogen in order to re-establish my lineage.

My male has died since, he was 13 th.  My new female is now 2 years old and I had her surgically inseminated on Dec 8th.  She is now on her third week.  She still not showing any signs of pregnancy.  Maybe she is getting heavier, but this could also be me giving her bigger food portion in the hope she have babies inside her.  I noticed some changes in her temperament.  She is a bit more subdued, but those could also be after effect from the anesthesia.  She also have morning sickness at least one a week.

 

From what i have read, she will not start to show any sign of pregnancy before 5 weeks.  I still have 2 more weeks to wait until I can be sure.   Of course I hope she is pregnant.  So I could have a descendant and restart my lineage (I had this lineage since 1985). 

 

I have been reading a lot on whelping since it has been so long since I took care of a litter.  The whelping box is ready, so are the puppy heating pad and the infrared warming lamp.  I order the whelping CD from Leerburg and watched it at least 3 times so far.  I have made arrangement with my vet in case of emergency. 

 

Keeping my fingers crossed