We were givin a lap puppy how is now 7 months old. She just went into heat about a week ago. I know you are not suppose to breed her untill she's about 2 yrs. Luckly there are no dogs around us to get to her. How long is she going to be in heat? When we do desided to breed her how long is she going to be preggo? All my other dogs that I have had have been older I've never had a dog that was this young and never had a female before. Please help..Thanc
the heat cycle lasts 21 days on average but you should keep her from males for a full month from onset of bleeding. NEVER leave her outside alone. If you do, you are liable to open the door and find an adventurous male in your yard.
You spelled 'lap', I am going to presume you mean 'labrador retriever'. As someone who has labs, I strongly recommend that you reconsider breeding your dog. They are literally a dime a dozen, and unless your dog is of exceptional quality and breeding, there is no need to breed her, especially if the pups wouldn't even be regissterable. Go visit a local animal shelter, 60% of the dogs in our shelter are either purebred labs or lab mixes.
was only going to breed her, cuz everyone says it calms them down a little. I don't have to, wont bother me either way. I just want whats best for her. My kids just love her and she loves them dearly. If we don't breed her, when are we able to get her fixed? When she is fixed she she still bleed every 6 months or so? Thanx
Having a litter won't calm dogs down... that's an old wives tale!
Here's the scoop! Keep your girlie in your sight at all times! Don't let her out of your sight for a SECOND! If she gets bred at such a young age you could very easily loose her to any number of complications.
As soon as she is out of heat have her spayed, so call your vet now and make the appointment.
By spaying her she won't bleed, can't get bred, will calm down, and you are reducing or eliminationg the risk of many cancers and pyometra, among other things!
Thank you all very much for your info and adivce. I'll call Lady's vet in the morning and try to make an appt to get her spayed. I only want whast best for her. My 2 yrs old son just loves her to death. They are the best of friends. Plus we where given her by a friend who resuced her from an abusive man. Anyway thank ya'll again for everything.
i'm not big on spaying a dog before 18 months old to 2 years old. The hormones are needed to fully develope the body and when you fix them too young you don't get the complete development, especially larger dogs
Only reason I asked some questions is cuz I've never owned a dog under 2 yrs of age and never owned a young puppy before, let alone a female at that. So I'm a little new with that. Just want whats best for the pup since my kids love her so dearly. She was a present for both of my boys. I just want her around for as many years as we can. Anyway Thanx again for ALL of the adivce ya'll gave. I'll ask the vet his opion on the spayin or let her get preggo thing.
The vet agreed with you and wants to get her spayed as soon as I can. So as soon as she gets out of heat its to the vet she goes. I don't want to really breed her, just heard from somewhere that all dog should have at least one litter. I have learned different now. I'm not a breeder, just a mom who wants whats best for my boys and their dog. Thanx again
First of all having a litter MAY clam her down, but not noticeably. Maturity will calm her down to some extent, but you have a LAB..these are hunting dogs and require a lot of energy to get the job done, and this has been bred into them from the get go If she's too much dog for you, consider finding a home where her energy would be an asset and get something calmer. Also, I live next door to a person who decided to become a breeder to make some extra $$$. What a dumb idea and then she decides on Labs..well we live 65 miles from the major city and people can buy a Lab in Dallas and not have to drive all that way for a non show, non hunting Lab. Guess what happened? She couldn't sell her pups because they are a dime a dozen. She ended up giving them away and also gave the bitch away. She won't talk to me becasue i have no problem selling my Dobes, but I put the time and money into showing them and promoting the breed, making sure my pups are the best I can breed. You don't breed for any other reason, and you will find homes for your pups. actually the homes will find you when you breed quality dogs.
No I would never breed her for money. I don't have the knowledge to make sure her and her pups are safe and heathly. But I do have the time and energy to give her to make her a happy dog. She has 13 acres of land to run on and a 2 1/2 yr old to chase any time she pleases. She's so spoiled she even has her own pool to play in since it gets so hot around here. We wanted a Lab cuz of all the energy and loalty that they have. I would never trade her for the world. She sits and watchs the sun set with me every night on the deck. Plus my boys just love her. And I have to admit so do I. She also keeps a great eye on the boys too. She always lets me know when the baby is cryin or if my toddler is into something he should not be.
If we had waited to get our lab mix spayed we'd have lost her to cancer. She had malignant tumors so small the vet insisted I was imagining them. They were the size of appleseeds. Each heat cycle they got bigger. Then they went from the size of raisins to a mass the size and thickness of a human hand just after yet another vet checkup (where the vet finally admitted the bumps did exist but didn't seem too worrisome) because she came in heat that week. I took her back to the vet who scheduled a rush biopsy for a few days later. He called me during the biopsy to ask permission to remove the whole thing because in 3 or 4 days the thing almost doubled in thickness. Had I waited another 6 months for another heat she would not have survived. The hormones during the heat cycle actually cause some forms of cancer to have a growth spurt so each heat that goes by drastically increases the chance of losing your dog. I can't stress how suddenly this happened. Getting your dog spayed is the best thing you can do. Don't worry about the dog's energy level if you have space for her to run. Labs are very versatile and so smart and gentle they are used for everything from drug sniffing to service dog work. They were among some of the first successfully used seeing-eye dogs. They become so attached to their humans that sometimes you will trip over them. Mine always had to be touching us-a foot on my foot, a chin on my knee, etc. I guess it shows...I like labs, lol.