At what age does a dog go into heat for the first time? My havanese is 5 1/2 months old and I need to know when to watch her. What are the signs to look for? How often will she go into heat? Thanks so much.
We had our Havanese spayed at about 7 months, at the advise of our vet. They usually come in heat between 6 and 8 months and again about every 6 months. The signs to look for are bleeding, some dogs are very clean about this and some are not. If you plan to have her spayed do it before her first heat, that is the best for the health of your dog. If you plan to breed her, let her have 3-4 heats first.
desert_rose thank you so much for that reply. I too am so sick of people on this forum with the smart remarks.
Someone post a question and some people are so darn quick to give a nasty answer. There's so NEED for this kind of behavior! We are all here to help one another.
No, I am not going to show her. I am going to breed her on her second heat... not that its anyone business. I am new at this and just wanted to ask a simple question so I am careful as to what I have to look for.
recommends that bitches be 18 months of age before breeding.
JUST in cast you were wondering.
The Havanese Club of America Code of Ethics Adopted Date – January, 1999
A. This Code of Ethics is presented as a guide for members whose foremost aim should be the welfare, improvement and advancement of the Havanese breed, in accordance with the Standard, as approved by the American Kennel Club. B. This code sets forth principles of conduct to be followed by all members of The Havanese Club of America. Every member is charged with the responsibility to uphold, promote and practice the principles set forth in this Code of Ethics. C. Membership in The Havanese Club of America automatically obligates the member to this Code of Ethics.
A. Each member of The Havanese Club of America will consider the welfare of the breed when engaged in breeding, exhibiting or selling Havanese, and will refrain from activities which are contrary to the best interests of the breed and the Club. B. Every member will abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Havanese Club of America, and the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club as they pertain to breeding, registration, record keeping and exhibiting. C. Every Havanese will be provided clean living quarters, adequate veterinary care, proper nutrition and grooming. D. Gossip, hearsay and innuendo regarding another member or their dogs is strongly discouraged. E. All advertising will be factual and not misleading in any way.
Responsibilities of breeders:
A. Every breeding will be done from the standpoint of bettering the breed. Only Havanese that are physically and temperamentally sound and free of disqualifying faults will be used for breeding. No havanese will be used for breeding if it is known to be affected with, of a carrier of Juvenile Cataracts, PRA, heart disease or any other condition which affects the health of the progeny. Havanese which repeatedly produce affected offspring should be removed from the breeding program, and their offspring should not be used for breeding. B. It is recommended that dogs offered at stud will not be bred prior to one year of age, nor after twelve years of age. Dogs will be in good health and free of communicable diseases and genetic faults. C. Stud service will be refused to any bitch which is unregisterable or shows serious faults under the breed standard. Stud owners are responsible for puppies produced by their dogs, therefore it is recommended that they verify the bitch owner is a responsible owner and breeder. D. It is recommended that bitches will not be bred prior to 18 months of age, nor after eight years of age. Bitches will be in good health and free of communicable disease and genetic faults. E. All Havanese used for breeding should be examined by a Veterinary Ophthalmologist to rule out known or suspected hereditary eye disease (CERF exam). This can be accomplished at a “clearing eye clinic” sponsored by breed clubs or at the Veterinary Ophthalmologist’s office. The CERF exam should be done annually until the dog reached the age of eight years. If at any time an eye disorder is detected and confirmed, the breeder will immediately remove this Havanese from the breeding program and will attempt to notify owners of offspring especially if the offspring entered into a breeding program. F. For the welfare of the breed, all major health or genetic related problems should be shared with the Health Committee. It is not required that the name of the breeder or dog be provided. The information will be used for statistical reasons only unless the owner gives written permission to share the information as deemed appropriate.
Registration of Havanese:
A. All members will keep complete and accurate records of individual dogs, litters, breedings, pedigrees and puppy sales as required by the American Kennel Club, and abide by American Kennel Club rules and regulations which pertain to these activities. B. Full registration: Register Havanese are considered to be of show and breeding quality, that is, they exhibit Havanese type, are found and free of disqualifying faults under the breed standard. The breeder will provide AKC registration certificate or application for registration at the time of sale or within 30 days following delivery of the dog. Registration papers may be withheld at the time of sale in cases of prior agreement in writing such as a breeding or lease agreement or similar contractual agreement which delays transfer of ownership until completion of the contract. Foreign members selling dogs to the United States should provide the proper registration papers and forms to accomplish AKC registration of imported dogs. C. Limited Registration: Havanese Club of America members are encouraged to use limited registration for any Havanese which has faults of a nature that make it detrimental to the breed. All Havanese sold as pets and those not considered to be of show and/or breeding quality should be sold with limited registration and a spay/neuter agreement. A copy of the agreement may be sent to the AKC.
A. Breeders/Sellers must be concerned with the proper placement of Havanese, both pet and show potential. It is recommended that breeders do a thorough background check of prospective buyers to insure they will provide a good home and proper care. B. Havanese will not be displayed in public places for the purpose of immediate sale. C. No Havanese will be sold to pet dealers, pet stores, pet wholesalers, or pet brokers either singly or in litter lots D. Havanese will not be offered as raffle or contest prizes, or any other type of giveaway or auction. E. All Havanese sold should be in good health and of a suitable age to leave litters (8 weeks is the minimum recommended age). To the best of the breeder’s/seller’s knowledge, all Havanese sold will be free of communicable disease and internal and/or external parasites. F. The seller should supply written instruction on feeding, care, training and grooming, and medical records including dates and types of vaccinations and wormings. G. Breeders should honestly evaluate the quality of the Havanese puppy and its parents and provide this information to the puppy buyer. Pet quality Havanese should not by misrepresented as show/breeding quality. If Havanese with serious faults are sold, the seller/breeder must take the responsibility to see that the dog is spayed/neutered. H. Contracts must be clear and complete with all conditions agreed upon between buyer and breeder/seller stated. It is recommended that the contract include a stipulation that the breeder/seller be notified if the owner is unable to keep the Havanese. Assigned copy of the contract must be provided to each party involved. I. Breeders/sellers are obligated to take back or help re-home any dog they sell, regardless of the reason or circumstances necessitating return. J. Breeders/sellers should request that owners advise if any hereditary diseases or conditions arise.
Exhibition: A. Members are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner both in and out of the show ring. Members will not engage in false statements regarding judges, other exhibitors, or their dogs. B. Members are responsible for the appearance and conduct of their dogs at all times regardless of who is handling the dog. Dogs will be presented in the show ring clean and properly groomed according to the standard. C. Hotels, motels and show grounds will be left in a clean condition.
Enforcement and Discipline:
A. Failure to comply with the Code of Ethics will subject a member to disciplinary action. Discipline under this code will be based upon procedures as provided in Article VI of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Havanese Club of America. B. Any member may prefer charges against another member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the interests of the breed or the club.
Acceptance and Agreement with the Code of Ethics:
A. Every member of The Havanese Club of America will be required to sign an acceptance of the Code of Ethics. All new members must sign an acceptance of the Code of Ethics before membership becomes effective. This acceptance will be binding on all members until such time as the Code of Ethics is modified, at which time a new acceptance must be signed. B. Each member will be provided with a current, dated copy of the Code of Ethics at the time of signing the agreement.
***Edited By: Redyre_Rotties on 10/30/2005 7:30:54 PM*** Reason: -----
After seeing this it is easy to see why you want to breed her to the male standing in your yard just as soon as possible.
HCA Education for Puppy Buyers
NOTE: At this time the price of a Havanese is about $1800.00 to $2500.00. The interest in obtaining a Havanese from a breeder that does all the health testing exceeds the availability of them. It is possible that a person may have a wait of six months to 2 years to obtain the “right” one for them. You may be unable to find Havanese Breeders in your location, as Breeders are not in all states. You more than likely may have to travel to pick up your Havanese.
You may be able to find available puppies from Breeders listed on the internet. Please make sure they do the same health testing as a breeder on the HCA Breeders List. You must receive documentation of all health testing done. To be on the HCA Breeders List, a breeder must meet strict health testing requirements: BAER-hearing, CERF-eyes, OFA- Hips and Patella's. Many breeders on the list do additional testing such as SA320-Liver Shunt and Heart.
BREEDER REFERRAL INFORMATION
The Havanese Club of America provides a Breeder Referral List for the convenience of potential Havanese buyers and Havanese Breeders. The HCA takes no responsibility for the promises or guarantees that a buyer and seller may agree upon at the time of a sale of a Havanese. The Breeder Referral list is comprised of HCA member breeders in good standing who have current CERF certificates on file with the HCA Referral Coordinator, and have provided the required information. The inclusion of a breeder does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the HCA. It is the responsibility of potential buyers to ask questions and decide for themselves if they wish to do business with any particular breeder.
Contracts Most problems arise due to misunderstandings with the wording of a contract or the lack of one. A contract must be understood by the buyer. READ EVERY WORD BEFORE YOU SIGN IT! As a potential buyer it is important that you make yourself clear to the Havanese breeder as to what type of puppy you are looking for, in the first contact you have with them, be it Pet, Show Prospect or Breeding Prospect. The AKC numbers for both parents and the AKC Litter number for your puppy must be received by you, either in a Contract or a Bill of Sale, when you pick up your puppy.
AKC Registration NOTE: It is against AKC Rules to charge an additional price for registration papers.
There are two types of AKC Registration:
AKC Limited Registration: This means that the puppy may not be shown in conformation, or used for breeding. Any puppies it may produce may not be registered with the AKC. Limited Registration dogs may be shown in Obedience or Agility.
AKC Full Registration: This means the puppy is eligible to be shown in any type of competition that the AKC offers for the breed, and any puppies it produces may be registered.
CERF - Canine Eye Registry Foundation All breeding stock should have a Registered Current CERF number. This number can be verified on the CERF website. The Havanese CERF number is HVxxx/xxxx/xxx. What this means---HV is Havanese, the next figure is the permanent CERF number, followed by the year CERF was done, and finally the age of the dog, in months at the time of the exam. The reason for the CERF exam is to determine if the dog may have cataracts (or other abnormalities) at the time of the exam. It can not predict whether the dog may develop problems at a later time. A buyer should receive copies of current CERF certificates for both parents before any money is paid. For more information concerning cataracts you can go to the Havanese Eye Angel Research Team, known as H.E.A.R.T
On the HEART website, go to research and info---click on “before you buy a Havanese”. You will find a list of questions to ask a breeder and the types of answers you should be receiving, print this section and ask each breeder the same questions
The HCA now gives a 4 Star Award each year to Havanese that are tested for BAER - hearing, CERF- eyes, OFA- Hips and Patellar Luxation and PASS all four of these tests.
To earn a CHIC number the Havanese must have the tests but they do not need to pass them. To check OFA-CHIC to see what Havanese have been health tested and the results forwarded to OFA: Go to the OFA website, page down to bottom click on CHIC, which located on the left of the page. This will bring up the CHIC site, click- search CHIC, the breed page is next, scroll down to Havanese, click- begin search. This is the main Havanese listing in alphabetical order. Click on the name, this will bring up the individual testing results.
Before paying any money you should receive
1. Copies of the current CERF Certificate for BOTH parents. (copies of the exam may be altered), copies of BAER, OFA -Hips and Patellas 2. A blank copy of the contract (if the breeder uses one) so that you will be aware of what is expected of you as a buyer and of the breeder.
When picking up your puppy, you should receive
1. The puppies pedigree. 2. AKC Individual Registration Application (the puppy buyer personally registers their puppy. 3. Copy of the puppies Shot Record. 4. Food Schedule.
After reading these recommendations from the Havanese Club of America regarding responsible breeding practices for Havanese, perhaps you will understand why I would say what I did to someone who is so uneducated about canine reproduction that they would have to ask what age their puppy might come into season, and how often thereafter.
Breeding is serious business. Or SHOULD be.
You stand the chance of losing your bitch, or all the puppies, or both on every single breeding.
If you do not wish to be educated, there is nothing I can do about it, but here is the info.
You cannot plead ignorance if you choose to ignore it.
I agree if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything .
I am a breeder of AKC master hunters. there was a time that I didn't know anything and had to ask questions. I was fortunate enough to get helpful answers from folks who didn't judge until they knew the facts.
I have a few suggestions
Breeding is very serious business and it is your responsibility to do your due diligence to bring the best dogs possible into this world
talk to your vet. ask them the best steps for breeding. our dogs needed hips and eyes checked but they are big dogs . not sure what is recommended for your breed
definitely wait 2 year
keep a very close eye on her and DO NOT let her near a male . even if u don't know if she is in heat she will and so will he!
do your research on your stud . make sure he is perfect . make sure he has his vet checks and necessary tests . ask for copies of his tests and make sure he is the dog on the tests
finally read SUCCESSFUL DOG BREEDING by Chris Walkowicz and Bonnie Wilcox, DVM. Read the whole book . I'm serious . It is an easy read and very helpful
Most of all ENJOY . Breeding can be very rewarding but please be responsible about it .
I hate these boards only for the RUDE people who comment. Some people just want to get feedback from people who might give some insight. Geez!
Dogs cycle approx. every 6 months. However, some may cycle a little earlier. If you have other dogs in heat, it may bring your girl into heat early, as well. You should not breed on the first heat, or before a year old. If you are not planning on breeding, or if you are not well informed about breeding, it is best to get your dog fixed.