Do you know at what age your dog can get pregnant? The decision to get a dog means responsibilities that goes beyond filling the doggie bowls with food. Dogs have been the companion of man for ages. These four legged friends have protected and worked for man. Knowing the age when the dog can get pregnant is one of the responsibilities of the dog owner to ensure the well being of the pet.

Puppies are adorable and irresistible bundles of fur. Puppies will be a source of endless fun for the family more so if there are kids as dogs are known to form a strong attachment with the children. For some dog owners, the arrival of new puppies will be a much awaited moment. Not many pet owners and even professed dog lovers would have the capability of caring for additional pets.

Thus, when no homes were found, the poor puppies would be abandoned or “donated” to animal shelters. When supply of puppies exceeds potential owners, animal authorities would have no other recourse but to dispose the pups the humane way. To control the number of homeless dogs, a pet owner has to know the reproductive cycle of the dog. It is always good to know how to tell if your dog is pregnant.

Dogs not only have different personalities as the reproductive cycle of our canine friend also differs from breed to breed. Some dogs commonly retain the high spirits so that it would seem as if they don’t mature. The same thing is true with sexual maturity as some breed would be sexually mature at an early age and other would be considered as “late bloomers”. Generally, small breeds can get pregnant at an early age as these small dogs would come into heat at 6 or even at 4 months of age. It is quite ironic really because large dogs, the breed that could have been ready to carry puppies because of the size are the ones that get sexually mature at a later age. A Great Dane or a Saint Bernard would exhibit flagging and would be ready to be mated at 18 to 24 months of age. In a period of 7 to 10 days a dog in heat can become pregnant if mated.

Although small breeds attain sexual maturity at an early age, vets do not recommend breeding until after the dog has passed its first birthday or after the second or third heat cycle. Small breed mature sexually at an early age but their bodies are still developing. Young dogs that are not yet prepared to get pregnant can endanger not only its life but the puppies as well.

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