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Westie Heats and Breeding

I have a Westie named Daize who is almost a year old. She has come in heat — how long will she bleed? How long will she be able to get pregnant?

We want to breed her eventually, but not right now. How many times a year will she go in heat? Also, how long is the gestation period when we do decide to breed her? At what age is it safe to breed her?

– Angie

Hi Angie,

Generally a female dog in heat can bleed for three to 14 days, and is most fertile at 10-12 days from the start of the bleeding. However, the first heat can be quite short (one to two days), and sometimes it occurs again within a month.

It will be about six to seven months between heat periods. The gestation time is around 63 days in a dog.

I suggest you wait until Daize is at least 3 years old to breed her. Her body will have matured, her pelvis will be fully developed, and she’ll be strong enough to cope with the pregnancy and labor.

November 15, 2009 By : Category : ASK A VET Reproduction Vet Popular Topics Tags:
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