I have just purchased a 2 year old female husky from a lady around my area. The lady told me she had puppies 4 months ago. I have been watching for signs of heat and swelling, bleeding and discharge. I have not noticed any.
I have seperate pens for each of my dogs, but they are allowed out to a large pen every day for exercise and to play with the others.
I have not noticed my male take any interest in her at all, other than to let her know he is the top of the pack.
My question is, usually how long after whelp does the bitch come back into heat? Just so I can make sure that she does not get near the male. As I am not going to breed her on back to back heats after whelp.
Depends on the dog and how she cycles. You may want to ask the woman you purchased her from if she cycles regularly and how long between her average cycle. I have some Sheltie girls that are like clockwork, and some that LOVE to keep me checking. Some dogs go 4 months between cycles. Some go a year. Depends on the dog.
You don't need to keep her away from the male until you see bloody discharge. They can't actually conceive until midway through their cycle (10-16 days into the cycle). I check my girls every single day. I also check them throughout their heat cycle and watch for the change in their discharge even when I'm not going to breed them. This helps me determine how normal/regular their cycles are.
You should really find a good book on Sibes and read up a bit more on the breed and breeding. I can recommend some good breeding books for you. It sounds like you want to be responsible - do some more research and keep asking questions!!! :)
If you have any really good recommended books, that would be great.
This forum is also helpful (except the crude remarks sometimes on newbie breeders).
I don't know if I would trust the lady I got her from on the heats. The only reason I know she had a litter 4 months ago for sure is because of the registration papers I got from the AKC with the litter certificate along with it. She was bred too young, and the manners she told me she had....forget it. (Yes, I even double checked her to make sure she was not spayed before paying what I paid for her.)
This dog also flinches at any slight movement of the hand by her face, sure tell tale sign of hitting/abusing her. She is just lucky she is out of that home and in ours.
I would recommend talking to the woman you got her from to ask her more questions about her heat cycle. I breed chihuahuas. One of my females goes into a silent heat where she does not bleed at all, all you notice is that she is slightly more swollen than others. Another one of my girls goes into heat almost exactly every 6 months, my third girl only goes in once a year. They're all different so any info you can get from her previous owner, if you think she will give you valid information, will be helpful in determining her cycles.