She's in heat! Her first!

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Hi everyone! Happy to meet you. My name is Sandy and I have a beautiful gorgeous nine-month-old beautiful did I mention… Dobie named Kima (loyal and bold in need of American). Last week she just went into her first heat I believe-she started spotting and has been spotting ever cents. Nothing heavy as I expected it's been very mild-I have noticed no behavioral changes other than being just a little cuddier.  

I was wondering if anyone knew how long a heat would last. I have read so many things on the Internet that it is totally confusing. It says that larger dogs-she is 61 pounds close-going to heat twice a year other sites say more frequently. Some sites say this will last for 90 days-she is only being leashed walked right now but loves the California beach and runs happily with many dogs off leash.  She of course is not getting the exercise that she is used to and I can't wait to get her back. Of course, I don't want to take her back until I know she is in the clear. Any information any of you can send my way would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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Female dogs that are not spayed have a heat cycle 2ce per year generally.  I suppose it's possible for a really small toy breed to have 3 cycles or a giant breed, like a mastiff to maybe only have one per year, though....anything is possible.  But 2ce a year (once every six months) is the general rule.  The entire cycle should last around 3 weeks from beginning to end.  She will show some swelling in her genital area, will have a discharge, usually will want to lick herself a lot.  No noticeable personality changes usually happens.  Her cycle will be over when all discharge of any color has stopped and she is no longer swollen.  I'd give it a good 4 weeks just to make sure before I had her around other dogs, though. Even if she isnt receptive to be bred, other dogs may want to fight each other if she still smells 'attractive' to them.

Have you considered having her spayed when she is done with her heat cycle?  So many health benefits come with spaying and you wont have to worry about an accidental breeding. Accidents DO happen, no matter how careful people try to be.

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Thank you so much! The information you provided is exactly what I was looking for. In response to your question regarding spaying-yes she is going to be spayed after her first heat is over. I had done some research and highly respect UC Davis veterinary school opinion as to letting a dog go through one cycle first.  She's doing very well not spotting anymore but it's still swollen so I will give it a couple of more weeks before she gets to romp around with other dogs. I really appreciate your help thank you !  Great site with lots of kind people helping us newbies.

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Spaying really is the way to go. I currently have a friend who has a male dobe/Rott mix male ( intact) and a female cane Corso/Rhodisian ridgeback and they just had a huge litter of 14. They thought that they had it covered and seperating the two so no pregnancy would result but they were wrong. Now they have a burden on finding homes for these puppies and it could of been easily avoided. Oh, hats off to the professional breeders because I was present for the whelping and I'll never do it again. Too much stress for me lol.  

Anyway, enjoy your puppy cause nine months is still a puppy in the doberman breed.

 

Tess

generally a heat cycle lasts 3 weeks but can be longer.  Most bitches cycle 2 times a year but I have a Doberman that cycled every 4 months.

 

I would recommend spaying her 3 months from now - 1/2 way inbetween heat cycles to minimize spay incontinence issues. There is no health reason for a bitch to have more than one heat cycle before spaying.