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The Canine Heat Cycle

Understanding the canine reproduction cycle Reproduction is a complex series of natural events. For pregnancy to occur, everything must be just right. By understanding this natural cycle, you can have a better appreciation for the miracle of canine life.

Stages of the Canine Reproduction

In dogs, the reproductive cycle varies a lot. A bitch can begin her first estrous cycle (heat cycle) at 6 months or as late as 2+ years. Generally though, puberty in canines begins at around 12 months, but in larger breeds it is usually at about 18 months to 2 years. A normal healthy bitch will usually cycle on a regular basis, every 4 to 12 months. This is largely breed dependent, for example the German Shepherd will cycle every 4 months. As they get older, bitches will cycle less frequently.

There are four stages in the canine heat cycle (estrous) in dogs:

  • proestrus
  • estrus
  • diestrus
  • anestrus

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Posted in Other Home Post Date 01/20/2016


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